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Bodo takes a swipe at European players sophistication

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<snip>But back on topic. The second thing that strikes me as decidedly un-Frenchman-like about Monfils is his lack of sophistication. At some level, he’s just a big dumb kid who loves to whale on a tennis ball, and he doesn’t have any hang-ups about showing the world that he’s any more than that. I like that in people. That particular kind of insouciance is relatively easy to find in Americans and comparatively difficult to locate in the French , or other western European folks.

In fact, one of the few things that seems a little bogus to me these days about The Mighty Federer is that he seems too absorbed in showing the world that he is more than a tennis player – that he’s International Man incarnate. The cues to this drift of TMF’s are his increasingly meticulous grooming and exceedingly smooth, Senatorial manner (although Dirty Little Rafa has a neat way of nudging him out of that conceit).

At times, I’ve wanted to grab the guy and shake him by the shoulders: It’s okay, Roge, you don’t have to be any more than a tennis player. Really. I’m not looking to you to solve the problem of world hunger, nice as it would be to get that done. I’m trying (unsuccessfully) to find a link to this scary story – quite a long profile at that - that ran in one of the UK papers a few weeks ago. The piece opened with this very weird riff on TMF’s deep interest in – get this! – fashion. And elsewhere he has said that his favorite designer is “Prada.”

Isn’t that, like, some Russian newspaper?<snip>

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Can he be more of a tool next time???
He's an idiot

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In fact, one of the few things that seems a little bogus to me these days about The Mighty Federer is that he seems too absorbed in showing the world that he is more than a tennis player – that he’s International Man incarnate. The cues to this drift of TMF’s are his increasingly meticulous grooming and exceedingly smooth, Senatorial manner (although Dirty Little Rafa has a neat way of nudging him out of that conceit).


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Pete has a short memory when it comes to Roger. Even when Roger was not dressing so snazzy off the court, he was always meticulous with his (former) pony tail while playing even back when he was a whippersnapper peating Pete and Wimbly and wearing his shell necklace. (And god help me, but I liked the pony tail and necklace combo.) So his lcurrent well groomed self was just waiting to blossom.

But I guess Pete is tired of his recent focus of making potshots against Clijsters, Rafa, and well frankly- most of the Spanish speaking players of the ATP and so is now including Roger as a target.

I like a lot of players.
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Peter Bodo stereotypes again. Not to mention the audacity to comment on sophistication while he doesn't know that the "Russian newspaper" is Pravda, not Prada.

By the way, i am still waiting for his thoughtful comments on the Agassi-Goldstein incident at IW.

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Monfils a big dumb kid? That is balls to just straight up call someone dumb, when your blogs are filled with crap.

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He has to try to be controsversial, otherwise who would care?

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Although I admire his book "Courts of Babylon," I have noticed that writer Peter Bodo seems to have issues regarding (for lack of a better term) metrosexual male urban sophistication. A few months back he was railing against the androgenous outfits of male figure skaters in the Winter Olympics and had the silly gumption to call people "Kool-aid drinkers" (a term that he numbingly overuses) who dared call him hypocritical in regards to his own sport's historical charges of seeming "unmanly." For better or worse, to some cynical types in the media , Federer just comes off as far too close to perfect as a human being and sports champion. Years ago Chris Evert occassionally had similar problems with the media ("wait, she's pretty, she's gracious, she's kind, AND she's always wins?"). Sheesh, why must such individuals always relate cynically to people unlike themselves?

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How does this guy keep his job?
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How does this guy keep his job?
Because people read his crap to insult him and then he has like 2 or 3 followers who are of his same breed. He thinks he's omniscient and reads the minds of every player and oh! Did I mention he's always disrespectful to anyone who's not Agassi or Sampras?

THIS GUY IS AN IDIOT

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Because people read his crap to insult him and then he has like 2 or 3 followers who are of his same breed. He thinks he's omniscient and reads the minds of every player and oh! Did I mention he's always disrespectful to anyone who's not Agassi or Sampras?

THIS GUY IS AN IDIOT
But how does he prevent players from taking his job or his life?
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But how does he prevent players from taking his job or his life?
Maybe they don't know, and if they do they just don't pay atention. I don't even read his crap, nevermind respond to him on his comment board. BTW he also reads this forum I believe....

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That particular kind of insouciance is relatively easy to find in Americans and comparatively difficult to locate in the French , or other western European folks.
Do you think that he actually believes this nonsense or does he just write that to get a kick out of the reactions.

He's taken a shining to my little country the last few months...I'm sure that we're honored
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He was right about one thing: Monfils is a big dumb kid.
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He was right about one thing: Monfils is a big dumb kid.
Why do you agree? On what ground?
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