Kevin Paul DuPont employs the classic selective-use-of-data method to chastise Serena Williams, listing four matches over 14 years in which her temper flared (“Shed no tears for Serena,” Sports, Sept. 11). How many times have John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Ilie Nastase, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer blown up on court? Were any of them hit with three code violations in quick succession?
As for the triggering moment at the recent US Open: I can’t recall a major match, much less a Grand Slam championship final, in which a code violation was assessed for coaching. Warnings, yes. The behavioral standards applied in tennis do seem to vary based on the player involved.