Switzerland's Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his fourth round win over Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his fourth round win over Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open - AP

Roger Federer waves to the crowd after his fourth round win over Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open - AP

Now that the protests are fizzling out, it’s worth asking what exactly they managed to accomplish. I see two major effects.