Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Etiquette 101 For Serena Williams

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tennis hothead Serena Williams could benefit from attacking her pillow, not people.

This past Saturday (Sep. 12), Williams lost her cool during a U.S. Open match, yelling, cursing, and even threatening the ref.

Etiquette expert Barbara Pachter, author of The Power Of Positive Confrontation (Marlowe & Co.), classifies Williams’ antics as “uncivil” and says she should’ve saved the meltdown for home.

Pachter says Williams could’ve screamed into her pillow and broken her racquet behind closed doors, or squeezed her hand into a fist to relieve her anger.

In the middle of a heated moment like that, proper etiquette calls for biting one’s tongue and walking away, no matter how hard.

Pachter says public figures like Williams have to be even more conscious of their manners because they serve as role models.

If Williams doesn’t clean up her act, her bad behavior on the court could affect her business relationships, because no one wants to work with a loose cannon.

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