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Moya Mad

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By Linda Pearce
January 20, 2004


Carlos Moya has accused Australian Open chief executive Paul McNamee of unfair and inconsiderate treatment, after the denial of his request for an extra day to recover from an ankle injury yesterday forced the seventh seed's premature withdrawal from the tournament.

Moya, with Rainer Schuettler and Arnaud Clement one of the three former Melbourne Park finalists who failed to make it past the Open's first day, suffered a second-degree sprain in Saturday's Sydney International final against Lleyton Hewitt.

By then, it had already been decided that the top half of the men's draw would be played on day one. An ATP spokesman confirmed that Moya immediately requested that an exception be made, so he would be permitted a Tuesday start. The application was denied.

"It's unfair," Moya said before leaving Melbourne Park, and seeking the first flight back to Spain to prepare for next month's opening Davis Cup tie. "If I was (Mark) Philippoussis, (Lleyton) Hewitt or (Andre) Agassi, McNamee would change his mind, for sure."

McNamee was unavailable for comment, but Tennis Australia spokesman John Lindsay said: "We had decided on which half of the men's draw would play first before Carlos had even had his injury. Even so, no one knows the extent of the injury and whether an extra day would have made any difference.

"If someone was given that extra day, and then they lost the match, their opponent would have been disadvantaged going into the next round."

Moya had tried to hit twice yesterday, heavily strapped and with intense ice treatment in between, but lasted no more than 20 minutes either time. He could not contest his first-round match against James Blake, and was replaced by lucky loser Ivan Miranda of Peru.

"I see all the physios here, all the doctors, my own physio," Moya said. "They said maybe if I could have one more day, I could have chance to play. But I (have) been unlucky because they didn't give me one more day. I'm very disappointed that I'm not able to play here. I would have loved (to).

"In two days it has improved so much. Yesterday I couldn't even walk, and today I was running. It was hurting a little bit, but that's why I say one more day, maybe it would have been perfect. The way it has improved in two days, I was very optimistic that maybe I could play tomorrow
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Well it sounds like he has a good point. Poor guy

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The worst is that he's probably right.
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i doubt that an extra day would have made a difference to such a serious injury. not to mention having to play on that ankle for two whole weeks. be realistic Moya.

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I feel terribly for Moya, I really wanted him to play, too. But a sprained ankle is a weakened ankle and if he had played, there's a good chance he would've sprained it again and made it worse. Better to sit it out and let it heal properly. He's not a spring chicken anymore.

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but didn't all the players in the top half play on monday?

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yes all players played

Paul McNamee says schedule had been done
of course it had been done

Potato was in Sydney final and he would get a Tues start whatever happened

Kim wanted a Tues start cos she was injured, and Kim and Potato like playing on same day so they can spend their day off pursuing "other activities"


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well if all players in the top half played, then Moya had to as well. he does have a point about if he were Hewitt, Mark, or andre, but he isn't either one of them and he had to play just like the rest of the people in the top half. and yes Potato played in the finals, but he only played one set and won by a retirement, same as his semifinals match. and kim and her stupid injury and you thought the US Open was bad. the OZ Open is helping Kim when she isn't even an Aussie i say blame the potato

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Poor Moya. I really hoped to see him play, cause I expected a lot of him.
He has a point when he says they would give a day rest for Australian players when they would be injured. Hopefully he gets his revenge at Roland Garros and takes the title!
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yes all players played

Paul McNamee says schedule had been done
of course it had been done

Potato was in Sydney final and he would get a Tues start whatever happened

Kim wanted a Tues start cos she was injured, and Kim and Potato like playing on same day so they can spend their day off pursuing "other activities"


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So, you think that the draws were rigged to get Kim and Lleyton into compatible draws, or are you saying even if they had been in opposite halves the organizers would have scheduled the mens and womens draws differently?

I think that all this conspiracy stuff is getting a bit... much.
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nope saying that they were gonna put Kim on a Tues so they automatically put whichever half Potato was in the same day.
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I think they should have asked Blake as to whether or not he minded playing on Tuesday with Moya ... it should have been his call. Besides its not as if Blake would have been at a disadvantage really... quite the opposite: having the options of playing with an injured seed or a qualifier is pretty much easy pickings ... even for Blake.
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Carlos is absolutely correct. The Australian Open Tennis Federation was willing to give Kim Clijsters an unfair advantage in scheduling because of her injury, and I'm sure they would do the same for Hewitt and Flipper.

For this, and many other reasons (i.e. Venus recieving an excessively high special seeding, Panova not being given a protected ranking despite being off for more than year, Davenport being scheduled on Show Court #3 for her first match, etc.), the Australian Open has really not impressed me this year. Pretty disgraceful.

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I feel sorry for Moya and I can understand his anger, but the same rules apply for all players in ALL SLAMS. There are more players who weren't granted a late start (I think even Sampras was denied one not so long ago), so why should an exception be made now.

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