Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: Which is the Most Admirable Trait of a Tennis Player?
The statement about Safin is optimistic at best, I don't hate the man but to imply that there's nothing about him anyone could dislike is ridiculous. And I don't mean wasting talent/underachieving, there are tons of players guilty of that. But then hey, I never liked Guga either, and I feel as though I'm doing something cruel to animals if I admit that in public on a message board.
BTW, the omission of Stepanek's on-court celebrations is unforgiveable. Cracking out the Agassi four-cornered kissing bow to a partisan crowd after you've just lost in straight sets to their player? Truly admirable.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.