Thursday, July 27, 2017

The bad sportspeople

As much as I don't have a type (no, I did not say I am desperate), tennis player Roger Federer is not really my type. I cannot think of him in any sort of sexual manner at all. That is rare for me. His looks just do not appeal to me. The point of saying that is that I am unbiased by any desire for him.

But isn't he just the bestest tennis player. He shames Australia's current tennis players by his on court behaviour. While I am not really a tennis watcher, I cannot help but know about him from tv and other media. I have never seen him slam a racquet to the ground, criticise an umpire or abuse anyone, make excuses for an off match, let along brag about the money he makes. He just plays tennis, really well.

There is no contrast between him and Australia's horrors', Tomic and Kyrgios.

Former tennis champions Boris Becker and John McEnroe are often asked for their opinions on current tennis players. I am not sure why, as they started the rot that is generally acceptable in tennis today. Ultimately it is about money. Bad tennis player behaviour should mean a player is sent off and banned for a period. But the players have created such larger than life personalities, that clubs and media have too much to lose if they are banned, Wimbledon included.

Maybe Federer is the last of the gentlemen tennis players? Yeah, Federer, respect.


31 comments:

  1. Andrew personally I do not like tennis

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    1. Gosia, I am just indifferent to the game. I don't mind occasionally watching it.

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  2. I'd consider myself a knowledgeable sports fan, (though I dont follow tennis) and it's understood that the best tennis players in the world are Federer and Serena Williams. I cant speak to Roger's game, or his sexual appeal, but he appears to have a hundred times the class, grace, and humility of Serena. It's nice to see a champion who doesn't throw fits or make excuses, or blame the refs, when things dont go their way. All in all, I think the sports world could use a few more Roger Federers.

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    1. Chris, I agree with all you say. Federer is a shining example of proper behaviour on and so far as I know, off the court.

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  3. Sadly we encourage bad behaviour by putting our sporting 'heroes' up on pedestals. And hero is too often the way they are described. Which turns me (even further) into a grumpy old woman.

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    1. EC, yes, sportspeople are not and never will be heroes when judged by their profession.

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  4. we never watch tennis except when cat Artur wants to follow the ball on the screen and makes us laugh when he turns his head to the left and to the right.I don't know Tennis players unless they show up in 'people' magazines I read at the hairdresser.

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    1. Gattina, that is funny about Arthur. You must know who Federa is though.

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  5. He seems like a genuine guy and I have watched some of his games. He's achieved a lot indeed. Greetings!

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    1. Achievement with good grace, Blogoratti.

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    2. I love Grand Slam tennis, but only if the players handle themselves with respect. Loud grunting after each stroke is also distracting, intentionally so.

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    3. Hels, the grunting is horrible. I would not watch a match where that was happening. It should have been stomped on years ago.

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  6. I will watch any available game of his, Nadal's also.
    Talking of 'troubled teenagers' there was something on the news about Mark Philippoussos (sp?) and his father. Didn't catch the bulk of the story.

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    1. Cathy, yes saw that about MP's father. Accusations of underage sex. Nadal is pretty good too but why has he avoided Australia the last few years? He does not like us?

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    2. You obviously aren't a tennis fan, Andrew! :)

      Read the sites below...Rafa played in the final at the Australian Open 2017...his opponent was Roger...Roger won. It was a great match.

      http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-25/australian-open--rafael-nadal-wins-through-to-semi-finals/8213726

      http://www.smh.com.au/sport/tennis/australian-open-2017-mens-final-live-roger-federer-vs-rafael-nadal-20170129-gu0wvx.html

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    3. Oh. I was wrong then. Maybe he hadn't been here the two previous years, or maybe just one. I am officially grasping at straws.

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  7. I love both Nadal and Federer. I have no time for Tomic and Kyrgios.

    They're a disgrace to the game of tennis; to this country and to themselves. I wish they would just pack up their racquets and quit...go away and leave us tennis lovers alone.

    Tomic, in particular, really turns my stomach when I look at him. I never liked him from when I first saw him play as a 16 year old. His half-smart swagger, ugly mouth and weak chin make me cringe.

    As for Kyrgios....his blinkered parents and his older brother are also to blame for his bad behaviour, too.

    If these clowns don't want to play tennis in a civilsed manner, they should just leave the game...but, of course, they will always accept the money!

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    1. Lee, I remember when Kyrgios' mother was interviewed when he first came to public awareness and she sounded nice and I had high hopes for this unknown player where he would be both a good player and a decent bloke. I have an awful habit of being wrong.

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  8. There are 'divas' in all sports these days. Half the problem must be appearance money. If you can be paid what it would take most people several years to earn, just to turn-up, then we will continue to witness bad behaviour.

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    1. Cro, I agree. They should be playing for prize money. I don't know how much this appearance money is, but it sounds wrong to me.

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  9. Roger Federer certainly is good looking, but doesn't float my boat at all. No one does these days. I'm in a funk :(
    I remember liking Pat Rafter too.

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    1. River, Rafter was good until he moved his cash and assets to a tax haven. I did not mind his underwear ads.

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    2. Hehe, I haven't heard the term 'float my boat' for years. Funny.

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  10. Andrew (whoops... a bit late here) There does seem to be a shortage of genuine eye candy in the current game of tennis. The exceptions of course being the very attractive World top ten Austrian Dominic Thiem.
    Not forgetting new young pin-up Canadian Denis Shapovalov who sadly got knocked out in the first round of Wimbledon. He looks like a cross between the young teen Leyton Hewitt and a rookie Bjorn Borg.
    But not to take away anything from the great Roger Federer, his recent revival has clearly got something to do with the current spate of injuries with top players Murray and Novak.

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    1. Dee, there are some names for me to google. That Federer is not injured at his age is remarkable and a testament to the effort he puts in to being fit.

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  11. He's certainly a gentleman in the sports world.

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  12. Love watching Federer play but he wasn't always a gentleman on court. As a very young player he had a number of outbursts. Apparently his father told him that he wouldn't take him to any more tennis tournaments unless he learned to keep his mouth shut. Great parenting.

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    1. That's really interesting Marie. I wondered if I was going out on a limb. So he could have been a tennis brat too, had his father not exerted some influence. I think having an outburst in public is not normal Swiss behaviour.

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  13. I saw a documentary about Federer a few years back and was interested to learn that as a teenager his behaviour on court was as bad as McEnroe's. There is film of him smashing his racquet with the best of the bad boys. He certainly turned his behaviour around. 'Grew up' I suppose is the shorthand assessment.

    The style and grace of his play, compared with the brute force of other sportsmen, I think is what endears him to many sports fans.

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  14. Victor, as Marie said above. He probably saw such behaviour on the courts and assumed it was normal.

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