Originally Posted by Martijn.
This seems to happen each year. He has one or two really strong events and everyone starts thinking that he can make the jump to the next level, but then he proceeds to have a series of terrible losses to unremarkable players. It's like the third or fourth season in a row that this has happened.
Well, this time I think he has kind of a excuse. There was big controversy in portuguese tennis with him, this week. He refused to participate in DC match next weke vs. Eritrea, for II division of europe/africa group. He claims the portuguese tennis federation didnt stil paid him the last 2 times he represented Portugal, in DC. The federation say they will talk to the gouvernement to stop paying him the high competition scolarship (anyway, this shit must be symbolic paying), and they are studying other penalties possibilities to him.
Disgusting stuff by our federation. He barely has the money to go to challengers. He didnt even went to AO qualy because of that. He currently lives in Brazil, so for him going to Portugal just to play 2 or 3 matches maximum, against a bunch of nobodies, would be useless and very very high cost. Playing for the love of your nation is good, but that doesnt pay him the food in the table.
We have very few good players and treating this way one of them, its like suicide...
Rafael Nadal (The present)
Bernard Tomic (The future)
Soderling, Tipsarevic, Berankis, Djokovic, Kubot, Dolgopolov.
And all the portuguese players, specially:
Rui Machado, Frederico Gil, Gastão Elias, João Sousa, Frederico Silva, Pedro Sousa, André Gaspar Murta.
Former Machado & Gil