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'Worlds worst player' to sue media - they damaged his professional reputation

danton
06-11-2008, 03:49 PM
:o:o He has no shame. Of course it was embarrassing for him but he is still a rubbish tennis player. I guess as he is not earning on court this is one way of paying the rent.


British tennis player sues three papers

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2008/jun/11/medialaw.pressandpublishing

* Ben Dowell
* guardian.co.uk,
* Wednesday June 11 2008


Lawyers representing a British tennis player yesterday began libel proceedings against three media organisations following the publication of stories claiming that the 21-year-old was the world's worst professional in his sport.

Libel writs have been lodged at London's high court against Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers, news agency Reuters and Independent News and Media, owner of the Independent titles.

The libel claim focuses on a series of articles that appeared in the British press including the Daily Mail, the London Evening Standard and the Independent on Sunday from April 22 onwards.

These articles alleged that Robert Dee had lost 54 consecutive professional matches, making him the world's worst player. British-born Dee, who works full time as a tennis professional at La Manga in Spain, has denied the claim.

According to his spokesman, Dee said that while he has lost 54 consecutive International Tennis Federation matches he also won 20 other professional matches in that time.

The Guardian, which reported in April that he had not won a professional game in three years, published a correction and apology on May 23 accepting that this was not true. The paper was not named in yesterday's writ.

David Engel, of law firm Addleshaw Goddard, which represents Dee, said: "These articles were wrong and extremely damaging to our client's professional reputation as a tennis professional who earns his living from the game.

"The continued refusal by a number of media organisations to accede to our client's request for printed apologies has left Mr Dee with no option but to sue for libel."

:rolleyes:

If you look at ITF at the matches he has lost he has been thrashed http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/activity.asp?player=100078500

He's played 12 matches and won 44 games - 3.66 games a match.

If he was good you would understand it but going after the media will just draw attention to his lack of ability.

krystlel
06-11-2008, 03:52 PM
Now what 20 professional matches would they be.... practice matches?

HNCS
06-11-2008, 03:52 PM
um.....let the racket do the talking darling.

zicofirol
06-11-2008, 03:54 PM
its pointless anyway because beltranena retained his title one week after Dee played, coincidence? i think not!

Bibberz
06-11-2008, 03:58 PM
If you look at ITF at the matches he has lost he has been thrashed http://www.itftennis.com/mens/players/activity.asp?player=100078500

He's played 12 matches and won 44 games - 3.66 games a match.

Even Federer won more games in the RG final.... :o

luxsword
06-11-2008, 04:00 PM
Quite a way to improve his reputation... :tape:

danton
06-11-2008, 04:00 PM
Even Federer won more games in the RG final.... :o

Ouch! :lol:

camnation
06-11-2008, 04:16 PM
This is a desperate bid to stay in the spotlight, with his losing lustre gone. :o

Tutu
06-11-2008, 04:21 PM
:help:

These articles alleged that Robert Dee had lost 54 consecutive professional matches, making him the world's worst player. British-born Dee, who works full time as a tennis professional at La Manga in Spain, has denied the claim.

Mate, Brie is a better player than you. ;)

Rafa = Fed Killa
06-11-2008, 04:25 PM
Even Federer won more games in the RG final.... :o

LOL

:worship:

CyBorg
06-11-2008, 04:43 PM
If they were so extremely wrong then he has every right to sue.

DartMarcus
06-11-2008, 04:51 PM
He must have won 20 Byes.

danton
06-11-2008, 04:52 PM
If they were so extremely wrong then he has every right to sue.

True but he is just attracting more ridicule on himself.

Does anyone know what professional matches he won - he has never played an atp match, according to the ATP he played 1 challenger match and has never won a futures match - although we know he won that ITF match.

He has won one match as far as official tennis seems to recognise - no matter how you spin that he is clearly rubbish and no newspaper apology is going to change that or improve his professional reputation.

Anyone know about these 20 matches?

PiggyGotRoasted
06-11-2008, 04:54 PM
La Manga Club??

I have just realised who he is :LOL:

arm
06-11-2008, 04:55 PM
Am I the only one who understands the guy? :shrug:

I mean, referring to him as the "world's worst player". He deserves some respect from everyone, including the media.

The media shouldn't bash players, that's MTF's job. :devil:

danton
06-11-2008, 05:02 PM
Technically as he hadn't won a pro match (discounting the 20 matches which I can't find record of) he could actually be the world's worst pro player. If they prove that to be true then it doens't get much more embarrassing than that.

danton
06-11-2008, 05:05 PM
In addition to quite probably being the worlds worst pro I should have also said what reputation is there to damage he's a loser? it's a shame but it's true. I don't think he should get a payout for hurt feelings.

arm
06-11-2008, 05:08 PM
:eek:

I bet you all would have loved to read those articles if you were in his situation.

danton
06-11-2008, 05:10 PM
:eek:

I bet you all would have loved to read those articles if you were in his situation.

Somebody has to be the worlds worst player and unsurprisingly he's British. Just because his feelings are hurt doesn't mean he should get to sue.

danton
06-11-2008, 05:14 PM
Wildcards devoured in ATP jungle

By Jonathan Overend
BBC Five Live tennis correspondent


Unranked British tennis players are so desperate to break into the professional game they are acquiring wildcards into challenger events where they are hopelessly out of their depth.



Robert Dee and Paul Brighten - both of whom were unranked and unknown to most British tennis officials - cropped up in the second division of world tennis two weeks ago followed this week by Adam Lownsbrough, ranked 1,472 in the world.

These events usually contain players ranked between 100 and 250, but wildcard places are allocated by the tournament directors.

The three British invitations won just a single game between them.

American-based Robert Dee was given a wildcard into the Mexico City tournament and lost 6-0 6-1 to a Mexican coach.

Brighten (nobody I've contacted in British tennis has ever heard of him) then accepted a wildcard into the Ostrava challenger in the Czech Republic and lost 6-0 6-0 to established pro Jan Vacek.

There is nothing improper about these cases because wildcard invitations are purely at the discretion of the individual tournaments


Lownsbrough was a surprise entry in the San Remo challenger in Italy, a reasonably important fixture on the clay-court swing, and lost 6-0 6-0 to top 150 player Olivier Patience.

There is nothing improper about these cases, as the rules stand, because wildcard invitations are purely at the discretion of the individual tournaments and the players invited are perfectly entitled to accept.

The players argue they are getting a legitimate leg-up onto the tennis ladder.

A first-round defeat in challengers provides one ranking point.

That single point gives a tennis player an ATP world ranking and enables them to get entry into futures tournaments - albeit qualifying tournaments - ahead of players who simply have a national rating. It is a crucial stepping stone.

But two of these Brits didn't even have a world ranking when they played (and the world rankings go down to 1,472) making them little more than ambitious club players.

Challenger level - often a world-class standard - is no place for the unranked, untried and unknown.

It's embarrassing for the individuals and degrading the tournaments



It would be totally different if they were good enough to compete in matches but, at the moment, there is little evidence to suggest this is the case - they can't even win sets let alone matches.

It's embarrassing for the individuals and degrading the tournaments.

A player such as Vacek or Patience has effectively got a bye through the first round. Isn't that unfair to a player who doesn't draw the unranked wildcard?

A further indication of how out of their depth these players are came from Jaroslav Levinsky, the Czech Republic doubles player.

He partnered Michael Tabara to a 6-0 6-1 victory over British wildcards Brighten and Matthew Allen in Ostrava.

Levinsky said Brighten double-faulted four times in his opening service game. He added that he'd never played a worse pair.

This loophole can't be good for the game and the ATP, acting on the information which resulted from a joint-investigation by the BBC and the Times, are keen to investigate.

arm
06-11-2008, 05:14 PM
Again :eek:

We all want to know who's the world's best player. But do we all need to know who's the worst? NO! It doesn't make a difference.

And we are talking about human being here and as far as I am concerned his feelings do matter. And nobody should humiliated like that in the media. Nobody!

Every human being has rights, for god's sake.

danton
06-11-2008, 05:28 PM
Again :eek:

We all want to know who's the world's best player. But do we all need to know who's the worst? NO! It doesn't make a difference.

And we are talking about human being here and as far as I am concerned his feelings do matter. And nobody should humiliated like that in the media. Nobody!

Every human being has rights, for god's sake.

If that's the case then the press shouldn't cover:

Roger getting thrashed at RG
The All blacks crashing out of the Rugby world cup in the last 8 - complete humiliation
Germany losing 5-1 to England at Football
All the other countless times Germany thrashed England
Andy murray being given a spanking by Nole last year at IW and Miami

The press were not mean in their coverage, he has the worst losing streak of any pro player making him the worst and it was newsworthy that he broke it. He got a lot of media coverage which presented him with a sizable PR opportunity instead he chose to be offended regardless of the facts. If the press had been malicious and bitchy then maybe but most wrote a short peice largely cheering him on. They reported he was the worlds worst because he was and probably is. That's not the medias fault.

arm
06-11-2008, 05:32 PM
It's different. Everyone has a bad day. In those titles only mean that certain player or team really sucked in a certain day.

Which is not this case. What the media is trying to say is: "This guy reaaly sucks, always."

I accept your point, but I am just this way. I care about the player's feelings and I don't think a person should be humiliated like that in public.

luxsword
06-11-2008, 06:13 PM
it makes me think of a breat documentary about football I saw last year, about a match played right before the World Cup final in Germany, between the teams of Montserrat and Buthan (not sure of spellings), the then 2 worst teams in the world. It was quite an adventure to organize this meeting, and a very intersesting and entertaining documentary. :worship:
Like, only the montserrat team could travel to Buthan, so Buthan had a group of people trained to cheer their opponents. taught them the montserrat anthem "hot, hot, hot" :lol:
Really cool, and a lot of sportive spirit, if this means sth. :) Made me like football for a while, so that's saying somth. :p

Hugh Jaas
06-11-2008, 08:00 PM
Robert Dee....

1 he got multiple WC into Mexico challenger tournaments for ranking points. Now no points are awarded to WC entrants of any pro tournament thanks to this.
2 he gets WC into columbia's 2008 F1 F2 tournaments despite having 0 ranking points.


He is proof that if you have $$$ you can make a mockery of the pro circuit. He might be thinking that wining this libel case will net him $$$ to blow on more wild cards, 2009 colubia f1? iraq f1?

DEE FTL

Frederick16
06-11-2008, 08:15 PM
Wildcards devoured in ATP jungle

A further indication of how out of their depth these players are came from Jaroslav Levinsky, the Czech Republic doubles player.

He partnered Michael Tabara to a 6-0 6-1 victory over British wildcards Brighten and Matthew Allen in Ostrava.

Levinsky said Brighten double-faulted four times in his opening service game. He added that he'd never played a worse pair.

This loophole can't be good for the game and the ATP, acting on the information which resulted from a joint-investigation by the BBC and the Times, are keen to investigate.

haha brilliant. 4 dfs i a row. i would really like to see this 3 playrers i think i can trash them with 60 60. and after this summer we all will now how that stands because i will play some futures.. :)

Hugh Jaas
06-11-2008, 08:27 PM
"These articles were wrong and extremely damaging to our client's professional reputation as a tennis professional who earns his living from the game.


how can the press coverage of his losing streak be damaging to his reputation?


So getting ass ***** on the pro circuit isn't damaging?

getting suspicious wild cards into mexico's challenger tournaments for ranking points over 2 years which was investigated by the atp isn't damaging?

Dee has destroyed his OWN reputation by making a mockery of the pro tour.