However, I do believe that Nole should have never made that statement back then, he is entitled to his own opion obviously, and had he been asked about it in an interview, etc... it would be normal of him to state in a discrete way. But what he did was far from discrete
. And it's not like he is a "regular" person... what he says has a pretty big impact. Obvisouly I do understand why he did it, he was a bit impulsive, he was a kid with a strong opinion... maybe I would have done the same. But not being part of this whole thing, I still think it was not a right move.
I was obviously joking, because I don't think anyone here is more politically "engaged" than moi!
That said, let's remind ourselves what happened after he made those remarks in 2008, the year he was supposed to follow up his AO victory by overtaking Fedal:
Albanian nationalists (or some strain thereof) issued threats on Nole's life and security was stepped up for him during Wimby. Then he crashed out in the second round against Safin.
You know, the same Safin whose very worst surface was grass. Yes, Nole lost to that very Safin, who after that had an open draw all the way to meeting Federer - if memory serves. That loss also ensured the Russian would have an unbeaten, irreversible record against Nole.
Subsequently, every time the Serb was asked about those remarks, his stock reply was: "I'm an athlete, I don't really want to talk about politics, etc."
Naturally, I thought he'd learnt his lesson and done some growing up. Because as the behaviour of their co-religionists elsewhere demonstrates on practically a daily basis, those Albanians/Kosovars don't make threats lightly.
The "je ne regrette rien" admission has, alas, dashed my hope. As with his insistence on playing in Cincy and DC, this episode has me thinking maybe he needs adult supervision.
Because, on top of frazzling over his play, why the **** should I have to worry that some whackjob (and I'm not referring to Nadal/Federer fans) would blow up my favourite player while he's signing authographs or something?
Speaking of adult supervision, just bring back Cetojevic already, k, Nole? A mere two months of ploughing on Igorlessly and he's regained the title of "King of Retirements".