Very good article, although I don't really agree with everything. As someone said, there are reasons to dislike Nadal. His famous fair-play seems to shatter completely when he is losing - and really, that's the only moment when you can really show fair-play. He claims that he does not give excuses for losing, but in reality, he often does (unlike Ferrer, who truly refrains from giving any excuse at all when he loses and will not comment on anything even when it would be justified to do so).
Then, doping is a tricky issue. I used to be a huge cycling fan, and I was watching closely when the Festina case happened in 1998 and all the shattered illusions that came with it. I spent many, many hours reading about doping and trying to figure out the truth of the matter, when so many people were obviously lying about it.
And to be honest, I cannot take the argument that "accusing people without proof" is that terrible, because, the problem with doping is that you almost NEVER have any proof. For years, people like Armstrong have played us for fools, when everyone knew what was happening. And now that it's too late, they are finally coming up with evidence. This is really difficult to accept.
However, even though I am also a pessimist, and would tend to think that doping has been and still is widespread in almost every sport, I see no reason to single out Nadal for this, except that he wins a lot, which is not enough.
Now, what I really wanted to say, is that I share this guy's puzzlement whenever I see messages by haters.
There are players that I don't like, there have always been.
I hated Safin, I hated Hewitt, and (strangely enough) I hated Kuerten. I used to hate Nadal, now I am slowly overcoming that feeling. I've watched videos of him with the other Spanish players, or the one with Federer, when they're laughing incontrollably... I still don't like watching him play but I'm slowly learning to see another side of his personality that I find more pleasant.
But never in my life would I think of writing messages, let alone send e-mails, to express my hatred... I just don't get it. The amount of frustration people must feel to do this...
Maybe because, unlike many haters, I am aware of the fact that my dislike for any player is entirely subjective, and you could even say, unfair. I can dislike a player in spite of a very good attitude on court. I can also overlook a player's bad attitude if I like him (Coria for instance).
I will of course be frustrated whenever a player I dislike defeats someone I like. But celebrating it when one of my "hated" players lose? That's a weird idea to me. It never makes me THAT happy to see anyone lose.
So, in no way would I feel that my hatred for a player is legitimate and deserves to be expressed. I think those people simply have a distorted vision of the nature of their own dislike for a player, and of its importance...
I've just seen that Nadal is out of the US Open, well, I may not regret it truly because it gives more opportunities to other players I like better than him, but I will not celebrate it, either. It's always quite sad when a talented player cannot play because of an injury, so I hope he will recover soon.