Originally Posted by gillian
Hmmmm, maybe I should edit my original post to say "Massu's alleged injury"
I remember Jim Courier being pretty miffed at Coria's antics during that match, which, of course, made me love Guillermo even more.
Ditto. When John McEnroe was commentating, without Courier around, he brought up Massu as being like Mary Pierce in taking an unecessary gamesmanship time out. Courier loves Massu - made a point of gushing over him which is probably why USA showed his 1R match v. Gambill although both players were in a significant slump at the time. Courier was extremely rude to one of his co-hosts during the Open coverage, told him in a mean way to stick to the point, so I don't care for him in general.
There were a lot of reasons for the animosity between Massu and Coria that weren't mentioned by Courier. I was at the match itself, which gives and takes away insight, so some of this I found out later, can't verify accuracy.
- I belive it was after Massu took the second trainer break, Coria said then he needed a trainer for his lost toenails, and Massu questioned whether that was a real injury. IMO lost toenails are excrutiating and can really limit mobility, so I find it ironic/wrong if Massu really questioned it. Could understand Coria being miffed after Massu took not one, but 2 trainer breaks which Coria didn't question. That doesn't excuse making fun of a leg injury if it was real, but might explain why he was annoyed enough to do it. It was obvious Coria's toes were hurting him when he changed socks - also at DC, the toes seemed to hurt more than the left leg e.g.
- Time it took to serve - Coria complained to ump about the extremely long time Massu was taking to serve - toward beginning of match I think.
- Man in the crowd was screaming "double" during a critical phase of Coria's service action. I could hear the man very clearly from across the stadium and it was coming from the vicinity of Massu's box, but couldn't tell exactly who was screaming. Read in some sources that Coria said the man was in Massu's box and that Coria spoke to him about it, and that Massu thought Coria was criticizing Massu's own father.