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Old 09-04-2009, 06:02 AM   #61
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A pair of camouflaged combat trousers is not a common sight on the French Riviera. But Rafael Nadal's outfit was entirely appropriate yesterday as he and Roger Federer fronted an angry players' protest about the president of the ATP, arguing that Etienne de Villiers has failed to properly consult them over proposed changes to the calendar.

Forget the perfect spring sunshine here and the huge yachts moving idly across a beautifully still Mediterranean behind the red clay courts. The tennis world was not at peace with itself, and it was both extraordinary and unprecedented that the world's top two players felt compelled to be so critical in public about the head of the governing body of men's tennis, but Federer and Nadal were voicing widespread locker-room concerns about De Villiers.

On a day of verbal volleys, Tim Henman's actual volleys went a little astray at the crucial moments, and he was defeated 7-5, 6-2 by Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero. But Henman, who has not progressed at a tournament since October last year, was not fully primed for his contest as his long-term back condition had flared up again.

Henman was not the only Briton with a back problem. Spasms in his back forced Andy Murray to quit after the first set of his doubles match with his older brother, Jamie, last night. Murray junior is today supposed to play his second-round singles match with Frenchman Marc Gicquel, which will be the Scot's first appearance as a top-10 player. "I will see how the back feels," he said.

De Villiers, a South African, is expected to soon publish the schedule for the 2009 season onwards, the so-called 'brave new world' of men's tennis, and there have been concerns that this week's Monte Carlo Masters and the Hamburg Masters, both of which have long histories, are in danger of being downgraded.

The two tournaments have filed antitrust lawsuits against the ATP in an American court, and around 70 players, including Andy Murray, had previously signed a petition to complain that De Villiers has been moving so quickly.

Yesterday Federer and Nadal raised the stakes. "It's just a little scream for help," said Federer, who, as the world No 1, feels that he ought to do his utmost to protect the heritage and integrity of the sport. And the comments from the thoughtful Swiss must have been deeply unsettling for De Villiers, a former Disney executive who arrived at the ATP in 2005, as it raised some doubt over his long-term future at the governing body.

"These decisions need to be taken more slowly, and we want a say. We're the ones out there in the tennis shorts, they're not. We need to speak with the bosses, things are going too fast. I've had many meetings with De Villiers. He listens but then goes and does things his way - I wish he would listen more. The players are just not happy with the last few months," Federer said.

It is understood that De Villiers is hoping to talk to some of the players today. Federer also attacked the International Tennis Federation for also ignoring the players' thoughts about where the Davis Cup weeks should be placed in the calendar. Nikolay Davydenko, the world No 4, also had a public pop at De Villiers, with the Russian suggesting that the ATP president "doesn't know anything about tennis". Davydenko implied that the players can no longer trust De Villiers because of the controversy surrounding this season's experiment to use round-robin matches at smaller tournaments. Federer criticised De Villiers earlier in the year and the round-robin format has since been ditched but yesterday Davydenko waded in.

"He's terrible. He doesn't know anything about tennis. That's not good enough for the ATP president," Davydenko said, also referring to De Villiers as "Walt Disney", and it will be interesting to see whether the ATP decide to fine him for his outburst.
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From a recent interview, Roger about Rafa:

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"... and these people need to understand that Rafa was incredible, he won the Olympic Games, Wimbledon, and he was injured at the end of year, - but otherwise he could have won the WTC, -
he was just incredible and better than me"
Dedicted to all the tards who say Roger 'never gives credit to Rafa'.

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Nice to see you around over here, Sinerra!
Lovely picture. We need more of that. Paris, WTF... hopefully.
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oh Sinerra, that pic
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Nothing beats THIS:



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WTF were the headlines as I arrived at the O2 Arena in London…World Tour Finals, but I was thinking….yip… the arena that these guys have put together is magnificent!!

So as I arrive to do all the sounds checks, check the monitors, hawkeye, stats etc. for my TV commentary duties, I glance out of the commentary booth and Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal are putting in a practice session. So we wander down courtside to get an even closer view (not more than 40 people around) of these two legends of our sport. It’s always special to see these two guys at such close quarters, but it’s even better so in the informal manner of the practice court. This doesn’t happen all that often! Rafa’s still a little more intense and Rog as relaxed as ever. There was plenty of banter between the two – they get on really well!

I had a chance to warm up with Rafa last week in Paris, and I tell you, he is a good kid, despite all the trappings of success. His humility and ease with people is a wonderful gift, not to mention his tennis talent (but we all know that)!


The groups are interesting and Nadal could be in for a tough time, many “in the know” reckon Nadal won’t get out of his group. He’s lost to all three guys in their previous meetings and with Davis Cup a priority the week after here, wins are gonna be hard to come by. I had a chat to some of the players and the court is playing low and slow (like in Paris last week). Slow is good for Rafa, but not low…. I think Soderling is gonna be the surprise package in the group.

I enjoy sticking my neck out and making calls on the matches. I think too many other commenatators and journos are afraid of being wrong. It doesn’t bother me, but I do pride myself on being more right than wrong. (You know this week’s gonna be a disaster, right!!!) As for the other group, I’m tired of making predictions now. It’s the end of the season and nearly 500 (commentated) matches later, I’m allowing myself to dodge this bullet. Its gonna be nip and tuck, with Roger hoping to hang onto his year end world No. 1 ranking.

I hope you all enjoy the week ahead. From Rob Koenig, its “bye for now!”

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Thank you Linda.
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http://www.tennistalk.com/en/blog/Ch...d_more_(part_1)

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The link doesn't work, Nat. But I take the quote to heart immediately of course.
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Karin, check it out:

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/blog/Cheryl_Murray

the one that says The round table interviews – Rafa’s hair, Roger’s suit and more (part 1)

aren't they just lovely?
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