I don't know if the questions are stupid, but the journalists certainly don't get the hint.
Alexander Popp - Day 6
Saturday, June 28, 2003
A. POPP/J. Novak6‑3, 6‑4, 7‑6
Q. Tim Henman could do with some help. Do you mind if we all start pretending you're British again?
ALEXANDER POPP: Well, it's up to you, but obviously I've been playing for Germany the last 26 years and it doesn't look like it's going to change.
Q. Does any part of you feel English for these two weeks when you come to Wimbledon?
ALEXANDER POPP: Well, I feel English a little, of course, because my mom's English and we speak English at home sometimes, and I have a lot of relatives here. So a part of me is English, that's for sure. But I grew up in Germany.
Q. But during this?
ALEXANDER POPP: Well, I feel at home when I'm here. I really like playing in England. I've always played well, even in the smaller tournaments when I was younger. So it must be something about it. But as I already said, I grew up in Germany and it's pretty well sure, for me, that I play for Germany.
Q. You said you played for Germany the last 26 years. Does that mean you're ruling out playing for Britain ever in your life?
ALEXANDER POPP: Yeah (laughter).
Q. Just wanted to clear it up?
ALEXANDER POPP: (smiling).
Alexander Popp - Day 7
Monday, June 30, 2003
A.POPP/O. Rochus 5 7, 6 3, 6 4, 6 2
Q. I know that the boys are talking about the headlines in the German press . You realise that if Henman loses today, you're going to have a lot of headlines in the English press as well. We're going to claim you back. Does that bother you at all? Do you like that?
ALEXANDER POPP: No, doesn't bother me at all. I've told the English press a couple of times that I will play DC for Germany. I think that the show is over.
Q. The only way it might help you is the crowd might give you a bit more support than you might get otherwise?
ALEXANDER POPP: Well, I wouldn't mind that. That would be nice. I mean, I'm half English, and that's all right with me. I'm happy about it. It's just a matter about Davis Cup and the press, but I'm still half English whether I play Davis Cup here or not.
Funny thing is, they didn't go on about wanting him to be English when he lost to Philippoussis