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Disgusting article / voting by Eurosport

I was appaled when I saw this on the Eurosport website:

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/010520...-s-number.html

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Your view: Worst men's number one
Eurosport - Fri, 01 May 23:15:00 2009
Eurosport Yahoo! readers are struggling to decide between Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marcelo Rios for the title of worst world number one in men's tennis, according to our latest poll.

Rios is the only player in the open era to have held the world number one ranking despite never having won a Grand Slam. The closest the Chilean came was reaching the Australian Open final in 1998, when he was beaten by Czech Petr Korda. Rios took over the top spot in the rankings on March 30 of that year before being deposed just four weeks later, although he did manage another two weeks at number one in August of the same year. Spaniard Ferrero, however, held the world number one ranking for a total of eight weeks shortly after winning his only Grand Slam title, at Roland Garros in 2003, incidentally the site of Rios's final ATP Tour match.


My thoughts:
Is this their way of getting more people to subscribe to their website? If it is, the marketing department must be a bunch of clueless tennis 'specialists'. Or is it simply another small piece of evidence that tennis is not for everyone?

Furious about the article, I had to create a thread
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Federer imo.
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The Eurosport suckers would like to have 1% of Rios' charisma.

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This is appalling...why?
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I wouldn't call it 'appaling', but surely disrespectful to the mentioned players!

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I wouldn't call it 'appaling', but surely disrespectful to the mentioned players!
That much I'll grant you.

However it's no worse than you see on any tennis message board.

There's an op-ed on tennis.com on much the same subject.

Discussing the relative merits of the #1s of the past is hardly a new development.
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Quality stuff.

Sometimes I am glad tennis is not a mass sport like soccer, but Fed and Rafa have gained so much attention that we better get used to this kind of shit. This is regular in soccer at least, I really can't watch a match without hitting the mute button.

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from the website:

Jim Courier: 8 per cent

Juan Carlos Ferrero: 29 per cent

Yevgeny Kafelnikov: 12 per cent

Thomas Munster: 11 per cent

John Newcombe: 11 per cent

Marcelo Rios: 29 per cent
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moya was much worse than juanqui, he was number 1 for just 2 weeks

JCF won more GS matches than anyone that year, so he totally deserved it
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Surprised that Rafter did not make the list Ozon posted. He certainly deserves to be ahead of Courier, Newcombe and (more arguably) Kafelnikov.
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I wouldn't call it disgusting. Yeah, it's a bit disrespectful to the players mentioned, but I'm pretty sure Rios and JCF know they are/were no Laver or Federer and won't care anyway, so...

btw. If you find sth. disgusting, the appropriate reaction is not further distribution, but ignorance.
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Nadull, of course.

Why is there even a poll?
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Surprised that Rafter did not make the list Ozon posted. He certainly deserves to be ahead of Courier, Newcombe and (more arguably) Kafelnikov.
Are you freaking crazy?
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I agree about Ferrero as the weakest number one but I don't agree about Rios,he was a very talented player .
What good is great talent if it is wasted? Rios was an underachiever, primarily due to his negative personality. It is absurd that Newcombe-with 5 or 6 Slams and Courier-with 4 Slams are even on this list.

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Are you freaking crazy?
For me, Rafter is subjectively a better player than Courier and Kafelnikov because he is one of the last true classic tennis players (though not over Newcombe in this regard). However, no doubt, on a purely results-basis these players were superior to him (though more arguable for Kafelnikov). You will not find anyone more biased to Rafter than myself.
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