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Spadea: RG an "afterthought"

he's sour. he basically said that the clay court season is unimportant
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He is just a bad loser - best to ignore those sorts of people
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Re: Spadea: RG an "afterthought"

What, an afterthought in terms of the Slams or an afterthought in terms of the clay season? Either way it's incredibly dumb and does smack of sour grapes, but I was just wondering. You're right Vinny, the clay season is unimportant when you're so poor during it that you have to scrape out a win vs one French journeyman and then get soundly thrashed by another.

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Re: Spadea: RG an "afterthought"

Spadea is not nearly good enough a player to come out with arrogant comments like this.
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I don't know how he expected to win that match anyway - he played badly in the first round and was LUCKY to survive that match. Benneteau was just blatantly going to beat him. An "accident" waiting to happen.
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It was in response to a question --- I believe he was discussing why the Americans don't often do well on clay, and he said that our focus tends to be on Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and not much attention is given to the clay tournaments. There is some truth to this.

Personally I didn't interpret it as sour grapes.

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I don't know how he expected to win that match anyway - he played badly in the first round and was LUCKY to survive that match. Benneteau was just blatantly going to beat him. An "accident" waiting to happen.
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Hmm, that does sound different Q. He's right about that fact, provided he didn't say it was the right thing to do.

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He's probably still bitter though - his draw was open to the 4th round and maybe the QF. He probably hurts from missing that opportunity.
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It was in response to a question --- I believe he was discussing why the Americans don't often do well on clay, and he said that our focus tends to be on Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and not much attention is given to the clay tournaments. There is some truth to this.

Personally I didn't interpret it as sour grapes.
Is this interview posted somewhere? I don't see it on the website.
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Re: Spadea: RG an "afterthought"

it was an espn interview

he said that rg was an afterthought after the other grand slams because american players focus on hardcourts
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It was a brief discussion on ESPN with Chris Fowler and Vince, and I believe Pat McEnroe was there too.

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Jeanpierre.

Hmm, that does sound different Q. He's right about that fact, provided he didn't say it was the right thing to do.
Oooops!! My mistake! They're all french anyway! He was going to lose to Jeanpierre anyway!
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It was in response to a question --- I believe he was discussing why the Americans don't often do well on clay, and he said that our focus tends to be on Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and not much attention is given to the clay tournaments. There is some truth to this.

Personally I didn't interpret it as sour grapes.

The press is acting as though the American men have been sucking on clay forever. This new generation is the first we've had in a while that hasn't had good results on euro clay.

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Vince also said that Jeanpierre should win the next round because he beat Vince Spadea.

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it was an espn interview

he said that rg was an afterthought after the other grand slams because american players focus on hardcourts
Thanks. Wish RG would put more interviews up on their website.

Vince is right to a degree. It wasn't that many years ago that America had some pretty good claycourters, but once the USTA got heavily involved in player development, it stopped. Maybe we need to go back to the days when Nick Bollettieri actually produced claycourters at his factory in Florida.
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