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Tumultuous times for tennis

Some other year a figure like Martina Hingis being taken down by a drug charge would rock a sport. In this case, tennis, the business, has already had its world spun sideways -- and it's going to be spinning for some time.

Originally Published: November 5, 2007
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

Here's the current state of tennis in a thimble: During a changeover at the Paris Masters last week, a player in the midst of a dismal straight-sets defeat actually found himself being lectured by the chair umpire … on how to serve.

This is fact, not fiction. Chair ump Cedric Mourier, apparently no shrinking violet, told the player to put more serves in play and avoid the costly double faults that were killing him in the match, adding at one point, "Serve like me. If you serve like me, ...

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