After last night's quickly organized affair, it struck how far the sport and its athletes have evolved from the standpoint of being real role models and heroes. No other major sport's athletes took the steps these colleagues did...and on the eve of one of their most important events.
The NFL...in their playoffs? Nothing. The NBA? Nothing.
The best of the best showed again the brotherhood and mutual respect they have not only for their sport, but for their fellow man.
Kudos to Roger...for his elder statesman-like effort. Rafa...for trying to bring joy, even with his limited language skills. Novak...with his ability to light up a room. Andy and even Lleyton...working to bring hope to others. Give props to the ladies too.
From the way these competitors congratulate each other after tough wins and losses. From the way they give up points they know they have not earned...and apologizing for let cords...the list goes on and on.
Connors, McEnroe, Lendl, Becker, Nastase...etc...all boorish, self consumed prima donnas. This crop in 2010? The classiest in all of sport. It makes me proud to be a tennis fan.
Excellent post and thread
the organizations might have done something but not a single one of the top athletes in other sports have done what tennis players did to help, on the eve of one of the most important sporting events of the season for them; Clijsters, Duck were playing today but still showed up yesterday to give support to the cause and that's very very good
Roger took the lead he should being #1 player and president of the ATP players council and used his power to make something good and that can actually make a huge difference