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This is the latest post from the blog "Tennis is Served". Very insightful, don't you think?

Here's the link to the blog:

http://tennisisserved.blogspot.com/

You won't regret going there. Read any of the entries, even old ones, you'll enjoy them.


Friday, 11 November 2011.
Deceit and Entrapment: Novak Djokovic and the $1.6M Matrix of Cynicism


1. If Novak doesn’t play Paris, its because he’s saving himself for London – his shoulder has almost nothing to do with it. Neither is it relevant that countless other players both past and present have done precisely that under similar circumstances.

2. If Novak plays Paris, but loses his opener, he’s still saving himself for London but is now also a “low-rent” mercenary for claiming the $1.6M he was due for competing in 7 of the 8 Masters events – or, as Bodo would have it, for “brazenly gaming the system”.

3. If Novak plays Paris, but retires during his opener, he’s still saving himself for London, is still “brazenly gaming the system” by claiming the $1.6M he was due for playing 7 of the 8 Masters events, but is now also one that hasn’t the grace nor the class (both overused terms) to give his opponent the win they’re due.

Bonus hater points accrued depending on how the injury is presented: “his body always seems to break down” (opportunist ~2pts) vs. “his body always seems to break down” (wet behind the ears ~2pts) vs. a creatively insidious combo of both (~5pts)

4. If Novak wins his opener, he’s putting in just enough legwork to counter the accusations of “not trying hard enough” he WILL receive should he pull out or lose any one of of his subsequent matches. His primary motivation (as a low-rent mercenary) remains exiting the event both quickly and by drawing as little attention (censure) as possible. Needless to say he can’t do both and the more diligent hater won’t let him get away with it.

5. If he fights back from a set down as he did against his compatriot yesterday, he’s a showboating dickhead that’s cynically exploiting the opportunity of beating a flaky minion (one whose game he knows inside out) to present himself as someone that doesn’t shy away from a fight, no matter how much he may be hurting, and no matter how little is at stake. Again, the more astute hater won’t fail to avail the opportunity of satisfying the dual objective of both undercutting Novak and snarking on Viktor.

6. If he makes the latter stages or – God help us – wins the event, he’s an insufferable egomaniac that doesn’t know when to stop (the chip on the shoulder of most players from small Eastern European countries usually ensure that they don’t) and will in all likelihood pay the price for it in London.

This is the matrix of cynicism with which Novak’s every action has been evaluated over the past week – the handout from hell.

Its beauty lies in the arc it artfully traces between the two extremes of blaming him for one thing, namely pulling out to avoid further inflaming an injury(1) and blaming him for its reflexive opposite (6) – veteran haters are able to pull this off without the transition between (1) and (6) seeming too jarring, or even without anyone noticing it’s taken place at all.

Between the two endpoints lies a breadth of possibilities that is truly daunting and the real magic lies in predicting what Novak may or may not do and devising ever more creative means of undercutting “the good” and highlighting “the bad”.

What you end up with is a complex web of deceit which ensures Novak’s presented in nothing other than the most unfavourable terms, and from which there can be no escape as no stone has been left unturned. As a piece of legal, political and actuarial manoeuvring, it stands alone – you really have to marvel at its completeness and attention to detail.

Let’s be completely honest: Novak was gonna be gunned down whatever he did this week.

His pulling out after winning two matches is supposed to mean we can all go back to pretending he wouldn’t have got shat upon had he pulled out before the event began or, rather more crucially, had there not been $1.6M at stake.

And one thing I have learnt this week is that there is, apparently, a middle ground between the haters’ invective and the more conventional discourse around Nole’s injuries – this appears to be what most have settled upon.

There’s only one thing wrong with it: it happens to be a crock of shit. Elaborate, inventive, and maybe a little persuasive, but a hoax all the same.

Novak's physical conditioning has always proved polarising – and yes he has sometimes brought it on himself – yet there’s something inexorably icky about the nature of the spite this time round as it seems to be motivated primarily by the question of money.

That would be the $1.6M bonus he was due for playing 7 of the 8 Masters events – something no one else was able to do this year, and a provision that, as far as I can tell, has always been in place.

I don’t think he should have played this week either, I don’t feel the need to go out of the way to defend his decision to do so and, yes, he probably didn’t "give it his all”, but we really shouldn’t be muddying the waters with talk of money.

And if we’re honest about it, it’s no different to what countless other players, both past and present, both journeyman and elite, have done (in some cases many times over) – only they seem to get the most lavish praise imaginable for “listening to their body”.

Only yesterday, Mardy Fish withdrew with a pulled left hamstring – a recurring injury that also caused him problems in Basel, an injury he would, presumably, have been nursing when he decided to play here this week, an injury that puts him in much the same position as Novak, yes?

If Novak’s a shithead for pulling out two matches in, then so is Mardy – $1.6M should have nothing to do with it. Or are those levels of winnings only for players you like?

I can’t in all honesty say I even find that much wrong with pocketing the amount he did without supposedly “giving it his all”; it’s not the epitome of principled behaviour, but it is increasingly becoming an unavoidable consequence of the more physical modern game – and, dare I say it, the length of the season. We’re going to have to find a way to live with that without casting doubt on any and every withdrawal we witness.

In any case, after the season he’s just had, I’d say he’s entitled to the benefit of the doubt. The same benefit of the doubt readily conferred upon more popular types – even those popular types that are actually guilty of “brazenly gaming the system”.




Read more: Tennis Is Served...: Deceit and Entrapment: Novak Djokovic and the $1.6M Matrix of Cynicism http://tennisisserved.blogspot.com/2011/11/deceit-and-entrapment-novak-djokovic.html#ixzz1dRcII8yM
 

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So sensitive these Djokovic fans. Won't rest until everyone is kissing their idols feet. Give it a break.
 

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You can't read venky, don't pretend.

Spot on article that puts to shame all the haters who desperately need to find fault with Djokovic one way or another for the sake of it. After all there's no one else -absolutely no one- to talk about this season. Brutal dominance of the unforgiving kind Nole presented this season is often met with disdain and incredulity by blind breed fans that can't get over the change of the guard. It must hurt really good.

All me and Nole have to say:

 

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Frankly, I expected more reactions to this piece. This is a very well argued article about the unfairness with which Novak is being treated. Surely somebody would say something. :confused:

And anybody who cares to visit this blog will realise that the author is NOT a Novak fan. But he's an unbiased tennis lover who hates hypocrisy. Shouldn't we all hate it? :rolleyes:
 

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Frankly, I expected more reactions to this piece. This is a very well argued article about the unfairness with which Novak is being treated. Surely somebody would say something. :confused:

And anybody who cares to visit this blog will realise that the author is NOT a Novak fan. But he's an unbiased tennis lover who hates hypocrisy. Shouldn't we all hate it? :rolleyes:
The reason you didn't get more reactions to this piece, dear yolita, it's because the almighty mods thought it would be a good idea to hide it in the never visited Fan Blogs. Like they do with any relevant piece about Djokovic yet they leave all the hate threads in the general forum. :rolleyes:
 

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Oh, I see! :)

I really don't get it. One gets really silly threads in the main section and this article could open lines of discussion! It's a general theme. Novak is incidental, because Novak is not the only target. Many other players, both male and female, get unfairly treated by the powers that be.

OK. Live and learn. Cheers. :)
 

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Oh, I see! :)

I really don't get it. One gets really silly threads in the main section and this article could open lines of discussion! It's a general theme. Novak is incidental, because Novak is not the only target. Many other players, both male and female, get unfairly treated by the powers that be.

OK. Live and learn. Cheers. :)
Try to tell that to the mods.
If I were you I would contact Snowy or Scoobs about it, they're the most reasonable mods here. And if they realise they did something wrong they usually mend it up. It happen to me and a thread I created in GM which they moved to Nole's forum and then placed it back in GM when they realised their mistake. Probably they just wanted to move it to avoid further tard wars. :shrug:
 

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Thanks very much for your advise, Nole fan. But I think I'll leave it. I've posted this article in several places and it has been largely ignored. I think it's because it's so well argued that haters have no answers. I hope they read it at least, even if they don't comment on it, and that it gives them something to think about. :)
 

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Thanks very much for your advise, Nole fan. But I think I'll leave it. I've posted this article in several places and it has been largely ignored. I think it's because it's so well argued that haters have no answers. I hope they read it at least, even if they don't comment on it, and that it gives them something to think about. :)
Yeah, people don't care about the truth. :lol:
You're from Mexico, right? Well, your English is exquisite. I'm envious. :D
 

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novak brought it all upon himself... he should have stayed the unapologetic badboy that he was in 2008 instead of having a breakdown while trying to man hug his way through 2 and a 1/4 years of constant beat down by nadal and other frustrations born by being a slam champion unable to taste that same glory again... this would have enabled him to say 'f*ck off crowd' once in a while, and probably bag a bigger buck in the process... but no, novak's sense played second fiddle to his vanity once again... and thus, you reap what you sew...

this along with his almost complete 'Retirement Slam', habitual rule breaking (along with nadal) and fondness for the medical time out allows true tennis fans to call shenanigans when shit is glossed over...

these are the reasons why the article was largely ignored... anyone trying to defend this article in general messages would have been ripped apart, and so, commencing yet another long winded flame war...

good luck,

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Yeah, people don't care about the truth. :lol:
You're from Mexico, right? Well, your English is exquisite. I'm envious. :D
Thank you. :)

Yes, I'm from Mexico, but I lived in London for several years when I was a graduate student and I married an Englishman. :D
 

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novak brought it all upon himself... he should have stayed the unapologetic badboy that he was in 2008 instead of having a breakdown while trying to man hug his way through 2 and a 1/4 years of constant beat down by nadal and other frustrations born by being a slam champion unable to taste that same glory again... this would have enabled him to say 'f*ck off crowd' once in a while, and probably bag a bigger buck in the process... but no, novak's sense played second fiddle to his vanity once again... and thus, you reap what you sew...

this along with his almost complete 'Retirement Slam', habitual rule breaking (along with nadal) and fondness for the medical time out allows true tennis fans to call shenanigans when shit is glossed over...

these are the reasons why the article was largely ignored... anyone trying to defend this article in general messages would have been ripped apart, and so, commencing yet another long winded flame war...

good luck,

fast_clay
Oh yeah? He didn't do too badly, did he? Even while learning how to deal with the pressure and the expectations, he managed to be the #3 player for 4 straight years (that is, the best of the rest), and now he's the #1 (that is, the best of everybody). So he WAS able to taste the same glory again, and then some. And now he's saying f**k off to everybody by doing exactly as he pleases: fooling around, dressing up, ripping his shirt, dancing, singing, having fun and owning everybody on the circuit.

And that's why people hate him: because he has kicked everybody's butt this year in an emphatic way. So he'll be criticised for retiring, for not retiring, for playing, for not playing, for withdrawing, for not withdrawing, for faking injuries, for the arrogance of playing injured... He was even criticised for NOT TANKING a match. When that happens, it means the haters are really desperate. The hate him for winning. For showing the rest of the circuit that breaking the Fedal duopoly was possible, with talent, hard-work and guts. They hate him for winning. For nothing else. And, unfortunately, that's the one thing he can't stop doing.

But you can continue making up excuses as to why you hate him. You're not fooling anybody. :)
 

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Oh yeah? He didn't do too badly, did he? Even while learning how to deal with the pressure and the expectations, he managed to be the #3 player for 4 straight years (that is, the best of the rest), and now he's the #1 (that is, the best of everybody). So he WAS able to taste the same glory again, and then some. And now he's saying f**k off to everybody by doing exactly as he pleases: fooling around, dressing up, ripping his shirt, dancing, singing, having fun and owning everybody on the circuit.

And that's why people hate him: because he has kicked everybody's butt this year in an emphatic way. So he'll be criticised for retiring, for not retiring, for playing, for not playing, for withdrawing, for not withdrawing, for faking injuries, for the arrogance of playing injured... He was even criticised for NOT TANKING a match. When that happens, it means the haters are really desperate. The hate him for winning. For showing the rest of the circuit that breaking the Fedal duopoly was possible, with talent, hard-work and guts. They hate him for winning. For nothing else. And, unfortunately, that's the one thing he can't stop doing.

But you can continue making up excuses as to why you hate him. You're not fooling anybody. :)
I love the way you phrased it, so damn true. :)
People ignore that Nole was able to stay number 3 for a long long time. Without two of the greatest ever in his way, he could have been nº1 for 5 years since the age of 20. :eek:
I find that very remarkable. He's just come around this year to fulfill his enormous potential and it's been scary the way he did it. People should congratulate and respect him a big deal for that, specially since no one has been able to do it before.... instead he's absurdly dissed or should i say envied for the smallest of things. Retirements, medical timeouts, too much bouncing? for christ sakes!!
 

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This was a great, well written, unusual article. Thanks for sharing. I think this type of criticism will affect anyone who is ranked #1, especially when they're so new and took the place of someone who was there for awhile. Look at how heavily criticized Rafa was (is) when he took #1 out of Federer's hands.
 

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I don't care to read the article but much of it is simple, the hate comes with the success. Add his domination of Federer, and to a lesser extent Nadal, and you get what we have currently. Just look at how much hate Rafa gets here. For all the talk of time wasting and his game style, the main reason is that he had beaten Federer so many times. Now both Federer fans and Nadal fans are jumping on the Djokovic hate wagon, though some Federer fans are enjoying his beating of Nadal.

There are other factors though. He is also prone to time wasting so people turned off by Nadal for this reason have the same reaction to Djokovic. His celebrations this year have been, at times, over the top and cringe inducing. His antics at the end of the USO semi and his fourth set in the final don't help. This sort of thing makes all his graciousness (especially in defeat) in the past seem like a facade too, sort of like the people who hate Federer because he was rammed down our throats as the epitome of class and sportmanship when he isn't.

The current injury, while I'm sure genuine, does seem to be used at his convenience. Again, people turned off by the talk of Rafa's injuries will have the same reaction here. You shouldn't forget not everyone reads every last word about Djokovic, or much about tennis at all. They see him playing one week, then making comments about being in agony, then playing again, then withdrawing. That is all they have to go on.

Also, Nole Fan. Don't think I need to elaborate on this one.
 

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Djokovic is no. 1 and he will get a lot of hate, stemming from jealousy I guess but that's fame and success for you. Look at how many people hate Federer and belittle his achievements pick on every single detail of his post-match interviews, and I am sure a lot of Djokovic fans are guilty of doing that too. If you want everyone to love and respect Djokovic, I think a Djokovic-centric forum is better fit for you.
 

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I don't care to read the article but much of it is simple, the hate comes with the success. Add his domination of Federer, and to a lesser extent Nadal, and you get what we have currently. Just look at how much hate Rafa gets here. For all the talk of time wasting and his game style, the main reason is that he had beaten Federer so many times. Now both Federer fans and Nadal fans are jumping on the Djokovic hate wagon, though some Federer fans are enjoying his beating of Nadal.

There are other factors though. He is also prone to time wasting so people turned off by Nadal for this reason have the same reaction to Djokovic. His celebrations this year have been, at times, over the top and cringe inducing. His antics at the end of the USO semi and his fourth set in the final don't help. This sort of thing makes all his graciousness (especially in defeat) in the past seem like a facade too, sort of like the people who hate Federer because he was rammed down our throats as the epitome of class and sportmanship when he isn't.

The current injury, while I'm sure genuine, does seem to be used at his convenience. Again, people turned off by the talk of Rafa's injuries will have the same reaction here. You shouldn't forget not everyone reads every last word about Djokovic, or much about tennis at all. They see him playing one week, then making comments about being in agony, then playing again, then withdrawing. That is all they have to go on.

Also, Nole Fan. Don't think I need to elaborate on this one.
Genuinely puzzled: isn't it the other way around? He's 6-0 versus Nadal and lost his first match to Rog at the FO.

Anyway, all this hate is really the consequence of his success. The Mardy Fish comparison in the article doesn't really hold up because...I mean, no disrespect to Fish, but who really cares what Fish does as compared to Nole? He's nowhere near as prominent. I get the point that the same standards should be applied to all players, but it's a fact that there are a few players who draw more attention, praise and criticisms than the others because of what they've achieved. Nole, as the most dominant and successful player of this season, will inevitably find himself under the microscope for everything that he does. His fans can complain about the double standards and hypocrisy, etc; I've definitely complained about the same crap levied at Roger throughout the years that I've followed him. But it just comes with the success. In fact, you know you've arrived when everyone has something negative to say about you.
 
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