Audiences must learn etiquette

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 November, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 November, 1993, 12:00am

I WRITE in response to E. Ip's letter concerning as unsportsman-like slur at the recent Marlboro Tennis Championships. After attending tennis matches for years at Victoria Park I must take the side of the players in this debate. There were several outbursts from John McEnroe and most with cause. As is always the case, spectators totally ignore requests to turn off portable telephones and camera flashes. When a camera flash went off for the umpteenth time, McEnroe inquired, ''Are you ignorant or deaf?'' Later a photographer wandered around on the court, requiring play to be stopped.

Those continuing to use portable phones or flash cameras should be ejected from the stadium. It is time for Hong Kong audiences to learn some tennis etiquette so that international players who come here can concentrate on the game without such interruptions.