Ugh...I get so sick of reading some of the things around here! So Roger pulls out of Dubai and DC because he has an injury, and no one believes him. And yet when Nadal pulls out of Dubai because of injury no one questions him and everyone wishes him well. Everyone blasts Roger for indirectly suggesting that his injury is responsible for his Aus Open loss (even though Roger himself has directly stated no such thing), and yet every time Nadal explains losses on tiredness and injury the response is 'oh *insert other player's name here* didn't really win fairly, because Rafa was tired/injured, poor Rafa I hope he gets better soon'.
Why should anyone doubt Roger's injury? Does he use the injury/tired excuse as much as Nadal and Djoker? He never retires from matches, and yet he it is suggested that he doesn't show respect because he's not playing DC. And yet when other players (such as Nadal)don't show up for DC rounds it's the same 'oh fair enough, they were just tired/injured, I hope they get better soon.' Now I don't have anything against Rafa as a player or a person. But the hypocrisy shown by some tennis fans and the media is astounding. It's like they have higher expectations of Roger and gleefully tear him down every time he does something that they could spin into something negative. I really feel for Roger, because if I was in his position and had to deal with all of this negativity in addition to trying to focus on my career and health I would probably lose it.
One thing I can say about the whole thing is it really reveals some people's true colours. They may have been exclaiming about how 'Roger is the GOAT' when he was number 1, but as soon as they find weaknesses they forget all about the incredible years he had as a player and his 13 GS, and show an embarrassing amount of disrespect to a great player and champion. Absolutely ignorant, dispicable, mean-spirited and shallow. I love hanging around this board though, because the true Roger fans would never spit on him for being human and not being physically infallable.
Sorry guys, just had to get that out after reading days and days worth of negativity, ignorant criticism, and bs from the media and GM. I hope Roger gets better soon, and I do think he is doing the right thing by taking more time out for himself, and not letting himself be pressured.