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Is it a bad idea for Roger to play Gstaad?

JennyS
07-04-2004, 06:10 PM
I was very impressed that Roger made the final at Gstaad last year on clay right after winning Wimbledon, but I have to wonder if it's good idea for him to play that event every year. He obviously wants to play in front of the Swiss fans (and it must be awesome to play in Switzerland after winning Wimbledon). I wish the ATP would move the event back a week or two in the calendar, because Roger might wind up playing the event every year no matter how deep he goes at Wimbledon. Playing two straight weeks on grass and then playing immedietly on clay seems like a really difficult task that not many top players would attempt to do.

Tennis Fool
07-04-2004, 06:12 PM
Only if they insist he take another cow.

JennyS
07-04-2004, 06:14 PM
They should get him a horse. He could be the proud owner of Smarty Jones.

BaselineSmash
07-04-2004, 06:14 PM
It's unfortunate, but if Federer feels mentally and physically prepared enough for it, he should (and will anyway). That said, he suffered a mini-burnout last year after the Wimbledon victory/Gstaad final, and took a while to recover. Maybe this year he should apply more rational thought and less patriotic loyalty.

WyveN
07-04-2004, 06:17 PM
Clay is physically draining to play on as well but it is one of the only opportunities he has of playing in his home country so cant blame him. It would be a super effort to win it and I doubt he will be all that motivated.

JennyS
07-04-2004, 06:18 PM
It would really be in the ATP's best interest if Gstaad was moved to a different date. I think there are plenty of options. It could switch places with Amersfoort, which is held the week after. It would really be beneficial to Roger to change the dates.

pinky
07-04-2004, 06:19 PM
It's unfortunate, but if Federer feels mentally and physically prepared enough for it, he should (and will anyway). That said, he suffered a mini-burnout last year after the Wimbledon victory/Gstaad final, and took a while to recover. Maybe this year he should apply more rational thought and less patriotic loyalty.

I couldn't say it better :)

I wish he would take a week off now, but i think he will still come to Gstaad... It is really bad that one of the only 2 swiss tournament come right after Wimby. At least Roger's real home tournament, Basel, is later in the calendar.

RonE
07-04-2004, 06:23 PM
It would really be in the ATP's best interest if Gstaad was moved to a different date. I think there are plenty of options. It could switch places with Amersfoort, which is held the week after. It would really be beneficial to Roger to change the dates.

Changing the tournament dates just because of one player? Even though it is Roger Federer, I'd say that hardly seems fair.

Havok
07-04-2004, 06:24 PM
Roger should only play doubles there, or just go there to support the home tournament.

Dirk
07-04-2004, 06:25 PM
Rogi can win Gstaad. He won't play till Wednesday that should be enough for him to rest up. After that he won't play till Canada. I hope he can win Gstaad this year. I just hope he wins a few rounds so the fans will be happy to see him.

jtipson
07-04-2004, 06:59 PM
It would really be in the ATP's best interest if Gstaad was moved to a different date. I think there are plenty of options. It could switch places with Amersfoort, which is held the week after. It would really be beneficial to Roger to change the dates.

Both of the Swiss ATP tournaments are at awkward times (Basel is between the two indoor TMSes in the autumn), but I don't think moving Gstaad would help Roger. At least he will have 2-3 straight weeks afterwards to rest (and boy, does he deserve that!).

WF4EVER
07-04-2004, 08:39 PM
I agree with two thoughts above:

1. Changing the scheduling to suit any player is unfair (ridiculous, almost)

2. Because Rog wants to play home so badly, why not doubles?

rue
07-04-2004, 10:39 PM
I think that even though Gastaad is a just after Wimbledon it is okay for Roger to play because it is in his country. He may feel tired but he will have a few weeks off to recover after this week. He loves playing in his country and I do not think that he would miss that at all unless if he was sick or something.

nitsansh
07-04-2004, 11:34 PM
Actually... many tournaments are in bad timimg... top players don't like to play one week before or one week after the Slams and TMS, and also Davis Cup... so that doesn't leave much "quality" times in the calendar...
Many tournaments are not happy with their time slot but have to compromise...

YoursTruly
07-05-2004, 02:34 AM
It's so obvious that it's because it's his country. And for two years, he won the Wimbledon title with the Swiss event right after. It's his homecoming. Roger also has a sense of pride as well as courtesy, something to give back. And he probably visits his cute cow. :)

RogiFan88
07-05-2004, 02:57 AM
it's just too bad about the scheduling of Wimby and Gstaad considering that they are on opposite surfaces AND Rogi does so well at Wimby now

I doubt Rogi w ever skip Gstaad tho -- he dearly wants to win a title in SUI and his fans there want to see him win too!

nothing to be done about it... end of story!

perhaps one year when he doesn't focus so much on Wimby [yeah, like when?] and concentrates more on RG, that's when he might be able to win Gstaad!

CmonAussie
07-05-2004, 04:32 AM
@@ I respect Roger even more because of his professionalism & sense of pride in Switzerland~~ of course the timing is bad but atleast they're only best-of-3-sets in Gstaad.
If Federer doesn't win Gstaad nobody should be disappointed; however if he manages to pull off another Clay title {& 1st in his homeland} then 2004 will be an even more awesome season for him!!!

***Basically Roger's got nothing to lose; even if he loses he'll still get all the aduration from home fans & welcome party for winning Wimbledon 2nd time; then if he wins he'll be even more of a hero & tennis genious!

PS~ I wonder^ has any player b4 managed to win a Grass tournament followed by a Clay tournament in consecutive weeks???!!! Maybe Federer is looking to make quirky surface history*@@*! Anyway we all know he's probably the best 'all surface' player after Agassi...

Fedex
07-05-2004, 04:34 AM
He can always win Basel. :) Surface is better for him there too. The change from surface is too quick. I am not expecting Roger to win this tournement. I only hope he can win a few rounds. Since Basel is indoors i like his chances there this year.

chris whiteside
07-05-2004, 07:47 AM
Yes!

Marc Rosset is Tall
07-05-2004, 08:09 AM
Roger should be commended for playing Gstaad, and not criticised. There are only 2 tournaments in Switzerland, so he supports the tournaments, which helped him. He will have a break from Gstaad to Toronto, so it's not that big of an ordeal for him to play there.

CarnivalCarnage
07-05-2004, 09:42 AM
I was very impressed that Roger made the final at Gstaad last year on clay right after winning Wimbledon, but I have to wonder if it's good idea for him to play that event every year. He obviously wants to play in front of the Swiss fans (and it must be awesome to play in Switzerland after winning Wimbledon). I wish the ATP would move the event back a week or two in the calendar, because Roger might wind up playing the event every year no matter how deep he goes at Wimbledon. Playing two straight weeks on grass and then playing immedietly on clay seems like a really difficult task that not many top players would attempt to do.

I don't think it's such a big deal that he does. I'm sure he'd rather the week off, but hey, if he's going to be in Switzerland anyway ...

sem4
07-05-2004, 11:23 AM
I think if it wasn't in Switzerland he would be taking a break but great for Swiss tennis fans to see their Wimbledon champ in action, many players would have said no chance, I will be astounded if he wins this tournie but best of luck to him !

JennyS
07-05-2004, 01:24 PM
I see the point of Gstaad being a homecoming for him. It's too bad it isn't on grass:)

Raquel
07-05-2004, 01:45 PM
Actually Gstaad is probably the best clay court event he could play as it is high up in he mountains and the velocity means the ball travels very fast. It is the quickest clay court event on the tour so it won't be such a huge difference. Also as has been already said I don't think Roger would ever miss it anyway.