Originally Posted by Fee
Exactly Tangy. You know, I think back over the personal encounters I've had with Andy over the years, the things I've seen, the things I've heard from fans and non-fans alike, the court behavior, etc etc etc. NOTHING in any of that experience leads me to believe that Andy would try to pressure a TD into switching a wildcard, nor would he ask one of his friends to give up his. Andy knows the rules of tournament entry, he knows that if you make a last minute switch to your schedule there are only so many options. Because of his history at Delray Beach, he had reason to believe they would honor his request for confidentiality. They did not and their premature verbal ejaculation (really, the only thing I can compare it too) has damaged Andy, when all he was doing was looking for some matches to play. I am seriously beginning to doubt he said any of the stuff printed in that article yesterday. I can believe that he had a bad practice and got mouthy about it, but I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT believe that Andy would ever use his Davis Cup membership as some type of gauntlet to slap someone with. THAT does not sound like him at all.
And "premature verbal ejaculation" is an absolutely brilliant analogy. Why aren't you writing about tennis for newspapers, etc. instead of this Harvey doofus?
Speaking of Mr. Harvey let me tell you something: he is as abusive and nasty in his e-mails as he sounds in his articles. I was taken aback by such an unprofessional manner.
I had e-mailed him immediately after that first article appeared and called him out on the WC insinuation saying exactly what I said here: no way would Roddick demand that somebody give up a WC so that he could get in. Fialkov claimed it was true and that he got it directly from Dean. Yeah, right. So then why didn't he directly quote Dean?
Lo and behold, the next day Mr Fialkov suddenly tones down the accusations and ends up printing a deflated mea culpa-type article that doesn't sound too much like the first nasty article (the one he claimed was 100% accurate). I e-mailed him again and told him that he should get his facts straight the first time around so that he wouldn't have to do a follow-up article that puts his tail between the proverbial legs. Boy, was he mad at me after that.
What a prick. Top of the tennis shitlist.