Hello, fellow Hippononymites
I've been very Hippononymous this week. No Marat, no one to cheer for. I'm not happy the Hippo's reputation is growing so dark. You can't read about him without it being about his tanking matches or not wanting to play the Olympics. Tennis-X headlined his loss in Sopot: "Marat takes the appearance fee and runs". I wondered if he called Myskina up on the line...
I really hope he doesn't put in the same misguided "effort" into playing the Olympics, although he said the Russian players will get paid for being there. All things shouldn't revolve around money--especially when it begins to damage your soul. I think if he doesn't want to be there, he should concentrate on preparing for the US Open, like Lleyton and Agassi. Go to Washington. I'm sure Mrs. Guga would love for him to be there.
Tennis-X speculates that he will tank his first or second match. I didn't hear that he was practicing at all in Athens, and he didn't walk the ceremony, while I hear Igor and Mikhail were wildy excited.
I want Marat to put in the effort. We'll be watching, anyway.