Originally Posted by CVK
I thought that's pretty obvious. I dont think people will remember Thomas for winning his gold medal, and I think most have already forgotten who won men's doubles in Sydney other than us Canadians..
? As far as I know the past few Olympics Gold Medalists in Tennis have been:
* Seoul = Mecir; Barcelona = Rosset; Atlanta = Agassi; Sydney = Kafelnekov
PS~ Are you talking about Johansson winning AO?
ANYWAY I don't see what's the controversy
* If players don't want to represent their country in Tennis then that's fine; I'm sure there are plenty of up & coming players happy to take their place & enjoy the wonderful experience of attending the unique event
For instance Lleyton Hewitt said he doesn't want to play in Athens because it's too close to USO~ which remains one of his priorities in 04
. So if Safin feels so strongly about it then I'm sure he's free to make the same decision... Marat has already helped Russia win the Davis Cup 2-years ago; so I don't see the Russian Tennis Federation criticising him if he chooses not to play. What would be sad is if Safin showed up in Athens because "...I have to play for Russia" not because he 'wants to' & then tanks a match the same way he did in Rd1 at Wimbledon
Marat's an adult~ he should make his own decisions & stop complaining about schedules/court surfaces/officials etc.
It's really getting boring to see him act so childish especially as he gets older he should be maturing!!
Federer, Roddick, Ferrero & Hewitt were somewhat petulant a few years ago but now they act in a more mature way
; Marat is older than any of these guys & yet his attitude remains the worst