It would be hard for you to come across a hardcore tennis fan not acquainted with the name of Billie Jean King. After all the 74 old year old ex-world number one and the winner of 12 singles Grand Slam Titles should need no introduction, right? However, over the course of time, age appears to be taking a toll on Billie, owing to how her recent talk of reducing the number of sets male tennis players play at Grand Slams, has brought out surprise, resentment and disgust among the lovers of the game.
The reasoning Billie gave to buttress her stance was based upon how she found the large number of sets to be the primary reason for tennis stars getting injured all the time. However, while presenting such an interesting insight, Billie must have forgotten the likes of Roger Federer, who are still fit and entitled to being called the best in the world owing to not only their superior fitness but performance as well.
The more you think about it, the more you realize that Billie’s remarks will give tennis stars nothing more than an excuse to blame their failures and injuries upon. Grand Slam matches have featured five sets for as long as we can remember and the fans would appreciate if the legacy is not trifled with. On top of that, shortening the matches will have implications on the broadcasters as well, owing to how the new rules will have a significant impact on how long the matches last.
Darwin argued for the survival of the fittest, in his theory of natural selection, and this is exactly how it should be in the world of tennis as well. The unfit will succumb to the competition and continue to find petty excuses for their failures while the great ones will rise up to the top as a result of their superior passion and hard work!
We all know Novak Djokovic for the feats he pulls off on the tennis court, right? I mean, who could forget the 2012 Australian Open Final, which lasted for almost six hours, before an exhausted Djokovic emerged victorious. Regardless of how phenomenal that match between Nadal and Djokovic might have been, it’s a surprise that Djokovic is using it to justify his injury stricken 2017.
In a recent tweet, Novak Djokovic blamed that final for the fact that he and Nadal are in need of rehabilitation after the injuries that they suffered in 2017. Not only that, he went on to comment on how Roger Federer now has a chance to usurp the title of number one tennis player in the world, all because Nadal had to go through that fateful match back in 2012.It’s a surprise that Djokovic claims that the match had lasting impacts on him and Nadal, especially when you consider how much younger the two tennis stars were back in 2012.
To claim that the only reason why Federer—one of the greatest of all time—has got a chance of becoming number one again is Nadal’s injury, would be absolutely preposterous. Federer is 36 now and still less prone to injury than Nadal and Djokovic, who are supposedly in their prime. Both Djokovic and Nadal need to take lessons on fitness from Roger Federer, instead of moping about how a match has had lasting impact on them. It’s a fact that only the fittest survive!
When you speak of Rafael Nadal, you already know how great of a tennis star he is. However, another set of words that has been associated with Nadal’s name is “injury prone”. Yes, Rafael Nadal is probably the most injury prone star in the circuit, currently. Therefore, when you hear that Nadal has made claims of beating Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record, you cannot help but laugh at the mockery that the Spaniard is making out of himself.
Nadal might be four years younger than Federer, but it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he cannot even come close to the high standards of tennis fitness that the 36 year old veteran has managed to maintain. Continuing his dominance, Federer won his 20th Grand Slam title after he beat Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open. And what was Nadal doing while Federer was hunting for the gold? Well, he was out injured…again!
It is one thing to be optimistic and self confident, but with Nadal, it’s more a case of being delusional than self confidence. Unless Nadal could, somehow, swap his fitness and consistency with Federer’s, it’s almost a certainty that his trophy cabinet won’t even be close to Federer’s, by the time both of these stars decide to hang their shoes!
The ceremony to introduce the Next Gen ATP Finals tournament was nothing less than an absolute disgrace!
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The ceremony was held in Milan and was supposed to have a degree of professionalism maintained. What unveiled was a sexist act put together by the sponsors Red Bull. The ATP and Red Bull had this appalling idea of having players walk down the aisle with a female model who will then reveal the letter A or B somewhere upon her body. The letters represented the group these players would participate in.
One of the players had to lift the skirt of his fellow model to reveal the letter A on her thigh. At this point, the audience was not so sure if the event even remotely belonged to the sport. Andy Murray’s former coach – Amelie Mauresmo – was among the first people to voice it out by tweeting the words, “Disgrace!”. Judy Murray followed by tweeting, “Awful”!
While both Red Bull and ATP have apologized for the event but that does not mean that people would forget the sexist execution of their “futuristic” campaign. The newly proposed event has become a victim of severe backlash. It is highly doubtful it will be able to gather many viewers
Rafael Nadal may know a lot about winning games, but he sure needs to learn a thing or two about being humble.
We all know the great form the Spaniard has been in recently. The prodigy, however, seems to be losing hold of his humility—a characteristic he had previously been known for. He recently won his 10th French Open with style. During his post-match speech, he went on to brag about his “unprecedented” success.
If that is not enough to rip his fake persona of humbleness apart, the Spaniard even had the audacity to imply that he was ‘the one’ to achieve the feat. Things like these are well understood, and other players don’t need a reminder of what you’ve done with your career.
With his 10th French Open, Nadal has won his fifteenth major title. This is certainly not the first incident where he showcased his arrogance though. Only recently in April 2017, Nadal bashed a 20-year old German—Alexander Zverve—for wanting to compete with him. Instead of inspiring the young athlete, he called him “strange”, just because Alexander had lost to Nadal thrice in the past.
He sure may be an icon in the court, but outside of it, fame and success have made him lose humility.