I see Peter Bodo (I call him Bozo
) had something to say about those not playing DC:
Granted, I haven’t watched many DC ceremonies lately, but the fact that Pat spoke, and the content of his remarks, were novel and welcome. As I wrote before the tie, I love Davis Cup and reject all this baloney about what a huge burden it is for the players. It's no more a "burden" than the schedule. If you want to play a schedule that doesn't kill you, and Davis Cup as well, you can. Just get your face out of the money trough.
Notice that the only players whining, protesting, or indulging in the “maybe I’ll play, maybe I won’t” game are the gazillionaires like Lleyton Hewitt, Roger Federer, and Andre Agassi. They can’t find room on the schedule for Davis Cup because it conflicts with . . . what, some bogus, meaningless and utterly forgettable tournament that happens to offer two or three hundred K in appearance money to top stars?
You don’t hear broke journeymen from Slovakia or Belarus or Finland whining about the “economic burden” or “scheduling hardship” of Davis Cup. So let us praise the John McEnroes and Andy Roddicks and Ivan Ljubicics who are there, always there, when Davis Cup calls. For there isn’t a better competition in all of sports; I’ll write another post on that subject for the next DC round in April.
I'm sorry but I think this is a crock of shit. In case Peter didn't know, Roger didn't just skip DC but Rotterdam as well. And I'm guessing he gets decent appearance money to play there. It's not all about money.
And not everyone agrees that DC is the best competition in all of sports. Maybe he and JMac think DC is the greatest thing ever, but Pete Sampras is remembered more for his 14 GS titles, 7 Wimbledon titles and 6x year-end #1 than how many times the US won DC while he was playing.
I just get annoyed when these writers assume guys like Roger are just a bunch of greedy bastards. Because #1 I don't think they are and #2 in comparison to other sports tennis players don't make that much $$. I mean the average prize for winning a golf tournament (non-slam) is probably $500,000 to 700,000 USD if not more. This week in San Jose the payout for the winner is less than $60,000 USD. Roger maybe gets a half a mil fee to play in Dubai. Tiger Woods reportedly got $3 mil USD to show up there earlier this year. Roger would never get that kind of dough to show up anywhere. Last year Roger won 11 out of 14 tournaments including 2 slams. The earliest he lost in a tournament was the QF. He earned around $6 million USD official prize money. Compare that with Tiger Woods who won 6 tournaments (also including couple slams) and he walked away with over $10 million USD official prize money.