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Why Are They Knocking On Monfils?

Can anyone explain why the ESPN2 coverage is bashing Monfils for his WD yesterday? I'm not sure I understand this. His dominant wrist/hand was injured, and he felt as if he couldn't go on. Who are they to question what he was feeling out on the court? Just didn't think that was very respectful at all. I understand the whole play through the pain, this is a major championship argument, but athletes can't all be Tiger Woods playing on one leg.
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ESPN blows. What do you expect of a channel thats shows Williams, Roddick and Murray all the time.
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While I wonder about Monfils withdrawal as well, looked like it cam from nowhere and I think Monfils even said something in the press conference about the injury maybe being in his head, but do you really care about anything a network says when that network shows part of a match with a 16 year old, cramping girl over a quality, competitve men's match or one that has the anchors dressed in Australia DAy hats eating Vegamite while Simon/Monfils were playing (O.K. bad example, maybe the Vegamite was more interesting) but you get the point. ESPN is worthless and yes that was unprofessional.
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It annoys me when these commentators make these statements as if they know exactly what the problem is. Only the player knows that. And what annoys me even more is the English commentators like Mark Petchey, Barry Cowan and Annabel flamin' Croft criticising other players and saying they should have done this or why didn't they do that? Oh Yes, Barry Cowan did you do all that when you were ranked 566 in the world at best!!! It makes my blood boil.
Take no notice, only Gael knows whether he was injured or not and maybe it was a little "injury in his head" having to play against such a close friend from childhood.
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Wow how dumb are ESPN, at least he played 3 sets, and thats an achievement when you have a wrist/head injury.

If anything they should be honouring Monfils for at least trying.

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Wow how dumb are ESPN, at least he played 3 sets, and thats an achievement when you have a wrist/head injury.

If anything they should be honouring Monfils for at least trying.
Sorry, but Monfils is a flake. To say the supposed injury could just be in his head, sounds very strange to me. He always seems to get injured when things get tough. Either that or he just is not physically equipped to be a full time tennis player. I think he was tired and convinced that Simon was about to soundly beat him. Monfils and Gasquet are very talented players, but lack stamina and tenacity. Simon seems less naturally talented, but has the stamina and tenacity the talented guys lack. One day, perhaps, a male French player will have it all. I hope so!
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So Monfils felt tired, also was in emotional distress because he was playing a pal, thought there was no chance in hell for him to beat Simon yesterday anyway the way Simon was playing and decided to retire, but clarified in his press conference that it was just "in his head".

It makes way more sense than the wrist injury version indeed.
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Sorry, but Monfils is a flake. To say the supposed injury could just be in his head, sounds very strange to me. He always seems to get injured when things get tough. Either that or he just is not physically equipped to be a full time tennis player. I think he was tired and convinced that Simon was about to soundly beat him. Monfils and Gasquet are very talented players, but lack stamina and tenacity. Simon seems less naturally talented, but has the stamina and tenacity the talented guys lack. One day, perhaps, a male French player will have it all. I hope so!
I don't think you can say Monfils lacks stamina and tenacity.
I agree for Gasquet though,especially in term of stamina.
The guy looked already physically dead after only 2 sets against Gonzalez last night!
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I don't think you can say Monfils lacks stamina and tenacity.
I agree for Gasquet though,especially in term of stamina.
The guy looked already physically dead after only 2 sets against Gonzalez last night!
The Gasquet-Gonzalez match did not take place yesterday.
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Sorry, but Monfils is a flake. To say the supposed injury could just be in his head, sounds very strange to me. He always seems to get injured when things get tough. Either that or he just is not physically equipped to be a full time tennis player. I think he was tired and convinced that Simon was about to soundly beat him. Monfils and Gasquet are very talented players, but lack stamina and tenacity. Simon seems less naturally talented, but has the stamina and tenacity the talented guys lack. One day, perhaps, a male French player will have it all. I hope so!
Monfils didn't say the injury was in his head. He said when he first initially felt the pain, he though it might be in his head and he told the doctor that. Then as he played he realized it wasn't in his head and he was actually hurt. You ever tried hitting a forehand with even a sore wrist? It's not fun.
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While I wonder about Monfils withdrawal as well, looked like it cam from nowhere
It didn't look like it came from nowhere, the German commentator had already noticed that there was something wrong with his wrist before he called for the trainer.
He also had been serving poorly for his standards since the beginning of the match.

Why would he retire in a Slam against an opponent who was so poor yesterday?
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The Gasquet-Gonzalez match did not take place yesterday.
Well,i meant the saturday night
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It didn't look like it came from nowhere, the German commentator had already noticed that there was something wrong with his wrist before he called for the trainer.
He also had been serving poorly for his standards since the beginning of the match.

Why would he retire in a Slam against an opponent who was so poor yesterday?
Hey I have no idea if it was a real injury or not and i'm not judging Monfils, only he knows. But if you go by what commentators say - the U.S. commentators said he looked fine in the second set when he stepped it up a bit and then all of a sudden he's out ... can't count on a commentator.

I can't understand why he would retire either nor can I understand why he would play the way he did unless his wrist/arm REALLY did hurt but then there are lots of things I don't understand about Monfils.
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If it was in his head then it's the last thing he would have admitted at the press conference.

The trainer's evaluation must've confirmed there really was something wrong. It wouldn't be a difficult thing to establish for any professional worth his salt.
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What is surprising is that some of these commentators were professionals themselves so they should know all about injuries and how playing with them can be career threatening.

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