Ferrero accuses Spanish media of Nadal obsession
Thu Jun 9, 2005 7:36 PM BST
HALLE, Germany, June 9 (Reuters) - Former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero criticised the Spanish media on Thursday for focusing too much on his compatriot Rafael Nadal and neglecting the rest of the Spanish players.
Ferrero was asked to comment on the decision by Spanish journalists covering the Halle Open in Germany to leave the event after newly-crowned French Open champion Nadal was knocked out in the first round on Wednesday.
"It's not a good thing," said Ferrero, who made it through to the quarter-finals of the pre-Wimbledon grasscourt event on Thursday.
"Right now most people are talking about Nadal and forgetting the others. They still exist, and journalists should show more respect for them as well."
Ferrero, himself a French Open winner, made it through to the quarters by knocking out Nadal's conquerer, Alexander Waske of Germany.
"Nadal can lose also. He's human," Ferrero said.