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Federer Fined For Violating "Best Effort" Rule

Tennistunes
11-02-2007, 02:54 PM
Yes. Roger Federer was fined for violating the "Best Effort" rule.....back in 1998. Like Nikolay Davydenko, who was fined for a violation of the “best effort” rule at the event last week in St. Petersburg, Russia, Roger Federer was also fined for breaking this rule. In the book, THE ROGER FEDERER STORY, QUEST FOR PERFECTION (www.rogerfedererbook.com) the author, Rene Stauffer documents when Federer was hit with a fine for violating the rule in the Kublis, Switzerland satellite event in 1998. The book excerpt is below.


After appearances in big events in Toulouse and Basel, Federer next competed on the much lower level Swiss satellite circuit—and felt as if he were in a bad movie. He just played before 9,000 spectators against Agassi, one of the all-time greats, in front of a major television audience with all the newspapers writing articles about him. Meanwhile, he just signed with the world’s largest sports agency, International Management Group, and was be*ing supplied, like Pete Sampras, by brands such as Nike and Wilson. But now he suddenly found himself in the eastern Swiss town of Küblis, in a gloomy tennis stadium in a valley wedged in the Bündner Mountains. There were no spectators, no line judges and no ball boys. He was not facing Andre Agassi, but Armando Brunold, the No. 11 player in Switzerland, whom Federer by now outclassed as the No. 6 player in the country.

The first-round match at the circuit’s first tournament proved to be a cul*ture shock for Federer and he reacted apathetically. His listlessness didn’t escape tournament referee Claudio Grether. “He simply stood unmotivated and non-chalantly on the court and double-faulted twice each game,” Grether explained. After Federer lost to Brunold 7-6, 6-2, Grether imposed a $100 fine against Federer because he violated the “best effort” rule stipulating that professional players must put forth their best efforts in every competition. “I could have disqualified him as well but then he would no longer have been able to compete in the rest of the circuit,” Grether said. Federer silently re*ceived the verdict. With prize money earnings of only $87, Federer left Küblis with a $13.00 deficit. It would be the only professional tournament he played where he actually lost money.

But Federer learned his lesson. “The fine was justified,” he admitted and he reacted in a way that showed his class. A week later, he won the second tournament on the circuit and went on to win the circuit’s overall points title. His effort paid off and despite his initial setback, he moved passed 100 opponents in the world rankings, landing at No. 303. Not bad for somebody who just turned 17

nihil66
11-02-2007, 05:04 PM
interesting read, thx

RagingLamb
11-02-2007, 06:23 PM
hmmm...interesting.

motivation plays a big role for him. Even back then it did.

maldini
11-02-2007, 06:52 PM
against brunold :lol:

Corey Feldman
11-02-2007, 07:17 PM
was he fined in Dubai in 2002 against Schuettler as well?
or was that just the dubai tournament people accusing him of tanking ...

Bad Religion
11-02-2007, 07:34 PM
Expected from that Mug Federer

The Oracle
11-13-2007, 12:28 AM
I dont think Federer fakes and things like that, but when surprises come up too many times, it is tough not to think so. But I can understand because I would like to go back to my mansion and enjoy the waterfront too.:)

Seriously? sometimes people do that, I dont really think they should be fined, I am sure Federer didnt mean it when he lost to Gonzalez, maybe it is because he is just not good enough against Gonzalez?

Sunset of Age
11-13-2007, 01:05 AM
I dont think Federer fakes and things like that, but when surprises come up too many times, it is tough not to think so. But I can understand because I would like to go back to my mansion and enjoy the waterfront too.:)

Seriously? sometimes people do that, I dont really think they should be fined, I am sure Federer didnt mean it when he lost to Gonzalez, maybe it is because he is just not good enough against Gonzalez?

When did you start watching tennis, you troll - yesterday?

FedFan_2007
11-13-2007, 02:19 AM
Wait a minute, how does Oracle get from all red dots to green dots in 24 hours?

AnitaOlea
11-13-2007, 03:38 AM
"Federer didnt mean it when he lost to Gonzalez, maybe it is because he is just not good enough against Gonzalez?"
I mean I support Gonzalez but let's face it 10-0 is kind of a lot.. I think he is more than good enough against Gonzalez...

The Oracle
11-13-2007, 04:08 AM
Actually I have more than 30 posts and the ratio comes about 1 thread/10 posts, and no, I do not post in scoring threads thank you very much.

So please go back to kindergarten and learn how to count otherwise with proper credential it is difficult to have any fruit discussion with you:). Please graduate first.

Rafa = Fed Killa
11-13-2007, 04:12 AM
Actually I have more than 30 posts and the ratio comes about 1 thread/10 posts, and no, I do not post in scoring threads thank you very much.

So please go back to kindergarten and learn how to count otherwise with proper credential it is difficult to have any fruit discussion with you:). Please graduate first.

You show the rudementry signs of intelligence.
Stop being a Fedtard and one day you can call yourself a man.

P.S. Its proper credentials.

Follow the light and unleash your potential for greatness. Dont become another Fedfan_2007, RonE, Escude. They had potential but they all wasted it.

FedFan_2007
11-13-2007, 04:50 AM
You show the rudementry signs of intelligence.
Stop being a Fedtard and one day you can call yourself a man.

P.S. Its proper credentials.

Follow the light and unleash your potential for greatness. Dont become another Fedfan_2007, RonE, Escude. They had potential but they all wasted it.

Fantastic. Nice to know that RFK thought I had "potential". I don't know what I'll do with myself now. Probably cry myself to sleep every night clutching my RF=GOD poster... :sad: :angel: :sad: