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01-11-2012 11:36 PM
Henry Chinaski
Re: USTA: Bogomolov Must Repay Us, Exploring Options

One thing that disgusts me about this is that the USTA are probably fucking delighted that Bogey defected before the Olymnpics.

Who would they rather have at the Olympics? Unfashionable journeyman Bogey or goldenboy Ryan Harrison?

No contest. They'd much prefer send other previously hyped youngsters Young and Querrey too.
01-11-2012 10:21 PM
out_here_grindin
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They care because it's Russia.

Bunch of old suits stuck in a cold war mentality.

I don't remember any fuss when Delic started playing for Bosnia.
What else to you expect when every American made movie still has Russian bad guys.
01-11-2012 09:55 PM
ossie
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Bogomolov is a mug, why does USTA have their panties in a bunch about this? You'd think they were losing Olderer or something...
so is the usta these days
01-11-2012 08:20 PM
guichard
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Bogomolov not happy to repay USTA

Alex Bogomolov Jr.'s career year in 2011 ended on somewhat of a sour note when he was told to repay $75,000 to the United States Tennis Association for changing his nationality from American to Russian.

Bogomolov, ranked 34th in the world, made the change so he could play Davis Cup, which he would not have been afforded an opportunity to do with the U.S. team.

He signed a contract with the USTA in 2009 when he needed a place to stay in Florida in order to practice, and said he was provided about $800 from the governing body to do so.

"It was a lot of money for us to stay afloat" at the time, Bogomolov, who ended 2009 ranked outside the top 300, said in a phone interview.

Bogomolov handed a check to the USTA at the end of December -- and didn't like doing it.

"(Fellow players) thought it was right for me to give back any money," Bogomolov said. "Everyone was behind me. Everyone is cool with me. We just felt it was better to end it. To tell you the truth, it was a big load off my shoulders after we (sent) the check."

The saga put a damper on what should have been a smooth, uplifting offseason for the player. After going through a painful, public divorce, serving a suspension for taking a banned substance and overcoming a career threatening wrist injury, the 28-year-old Bogomolov had a defining 2011 season, rising more than 130 spots in the rankings, enough to win the ATP Tour's Most Improved Player award.
more here http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id...ed-nationality
01-01-2012 06:28 AM
TMJordan
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I spit on the USTA.
12-31-2011 11:15 AM
fran70
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that's 3, I would put Bogomolov in over Andreev on hard and I don't know what's up with Youzhny.. he's supposed to be retired from DC, but played last tie, so maybe that's only 2 players
On hard I would pick for singles Youzhny, Tursunov and Davydenko over Bogomolov. On clay Youzhny, Davydenko and Andreev over Bogomolov. On grass Youzhny and Tursunov and possibly Bogomolov in the worst of the cases
12-31-2011 10:16 AM
Nixer
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Ranking means nothing in this case. I would even pick Youznhy, Davydenko or Tursunov over Bogomolov to team up the Russian team.
that's 3, I would put Bogomolov in over Andreev on hard and I don't know what's up with Youzhny.. he's supposed to be retired from DC, but played last tie, so maybe that's only 2 players
12-31-2011 08:31 AM
fran70
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I wouldn't say that.. he's now No.1 ranked player in the country, with only 5 people in top-100.. should be a good asset for DC
Ranking means nothing in this case. I would even pick Youznhy, Davydenko or Tursunov over Bogomolov to team up the Russian team.
12-31-2011 02:57 AM
abraxas21
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Probably I didnt expressed myself properly. I don't support those sort of situations at all in any case.
i know i was just being an ass
12-30-2011 10:37 PM
Smoke944
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USTA has its priorities all wrong. No surprise, though.
12-30-2011 10:32 AM
Nixer
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US doesn`t lose anything with Bogomolov moving to play for another country as well as Russia doesn`t get any benefit with such standard of player doing it under their flag.

In anyway, all theses situations should be regulated (if they aren`t already). Under my opinion a player that was born in an specific country or played an specific number of professional tournaments shouldn`t be allowed to represent a different flag.
I wouldn't say that.. he's now No.1 ranked player in the country, with only 5 people in top-100.. should be a good asset for DC
12-30-2011 09:47 AM
fran70
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so you support collarini playing for the usa? :P
Probably I didnt expressed myself properly. I don't support those sort of situations at all in any case.
12-30-2011 04:30 AM
abraxas21
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US doesn`t lose anything with Bogomolov moving to play for another country as well as Russia doesn`t get any benefit with such standard of player doing it under their flag.

In anyway, all theses situations should be regulated (if they aren`t already). Under my opinion a player that was born in an specific country or played an specific number of professional tournaments shouldn`t be allowed to represent a different flag.
so you support collarini playing for the usa? :P
12-30-2011 03:23 AM
SheepleBuster
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http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ycn-10742013

One of the feel good stories in tennis this year has been the rise of American player Alex Bogomolov Jr. to a ranking of No. 34 in the world. While everyone who knows Bogomolov couldn't be happier for the 28-year old, a strange thing happened as Bogomolov rose in the rankings. The Russians were actively recruiting him.

In the Cold War era this might mean he was being recruited as a spy or for his knowledge of clandestine military secrets. In 2011, it means he was being recuited to play Davis Cup tennis.

Born in Moscow, Bogomolov was uprooted to Mexico and then the United States by his father Alex Sr., who is a former Soviet national tennis coach. A talented junior player, Bogomolov never could make that "breakthrough" on the ATP Tour. He toiled in the 100s and 200s for years, getting financial and coaching help from the United States Tennis Association along the way.

After it was announced earlier this month that Bogomolov Jr. would play Davis Cup in 2011, the powers to be at the USTA got upset.

I spoke with Patrick McEnroe who is in charge of player development for the USTA at the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff held last week in Atlanta, and a couple weeks after Bogomolov made his decision, McEnroe had much to say.

"He has received quite a bit of support, it's an ITF decision and at the USTA we are exploring our options," he stated. I'll leave it at that."

After saying that, he kept going.

"I certainly believe… I have no issue with Alex personally. From the USTA standpoint, he was born in Russia, he has family there, he should repay the USTA. He's actually signed something saying that and we'll see what happens."

I followed up asking if the USTA is continuing to explore options and McEnroe said, "that is correct."

Bogomolov is not the first to make a decision like this and won't be the last. Most of the time it's done for financial reasons, other times it's because it's the only option to play. Numerous tennis players from Soviet block countries became "free agents" and went to the country that offered the best deal.

In women's basketball, there's Becky Hammon. Hammon is about as "All-American" s you can get. Blonde and born in South Dakota, after Hammon was overlooked for a spot at the U.S. Olympic trials in 2008, she became a naturalized Russian citizen and played in the Olympics representing Russia. "I'm absolutely 100 percent still an American. I love our country. I love what we stand for. This is an opportunity to fulfill my dream of playing in the Olympics," said Hammon.

This is an opportunity for Bogomolov to play Davis Cup, as at the age of 28, he isn't on The radar of U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier or the USTA. "All of us are friends with Bogomolov, and I can understand why he is doing it," added Courier.

Another player, Jesse Levine was born in Canada, but now plays as an American. He won the USTA's Australian Open Wildcard Playoff and says he has no plans to play Davis Cup for Canada if they were to come calling. He also says that he hasn't signed anything saying he wouldn't.

The fact is, Bogomolov will be taking the court for Russia when they play Austria in February. Whether the USTA is actually going after Bogomolov to repay thousands and thousands of dollars, or if they are looking to send a message to other Americans looking to do the same remains to be seen.

We'll all have to wait and see.
America ... the land of the lowest of the lows. These people make the good old Romans look like bright light bulbs. This country and the people in it are an embarrassment to the human species.
12-30-2011 02:35 AM
finishingmove
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He doesn't owe them shit.
this and that ^
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