Andy Murray was once the top seed in the world of tennis. Well, that time appears to have long gone, considering his recent performances. In the quarter-finals of the Shehnzen Open, Fernando Verdasco beat Murray in straight sets. To call this a humbling defeat or a humiliating experience for Andy Murray is entirely up to you. However, in this regard, one thing that’s to be noted is that this episode has brought out the strength of Murray’s character.
When a top seed gets defeated in this fashion, you’d expect them to go back to the drawing and come back stronger than ever. Quitting would be the last thing on their mind, owing to how champions don’t quit. However, in case of Andy Murray, all of these talks have proved futile, considering how Murray has decided to quit this season!
Yes, you’ve read that correctly. It only took a straight set defeat for Andy Murray to drop curtains on the current season. Andy Murray was due to play in China Open in Beijing this October. However, after his humiliating defeat to Verdasco, he has decided to withdraw from the competition as well.
If you’re a fan of tennis, you’d know of Andy Murray and what he was capable of pulling off on the court. However, with this decision, Murray has reduced himself to mere mockery. If he really is all that he claims himself to be, he shouldn’t have quit. Champions, role models and icons don’t have such an attitude. If this truly is the real face of Andy Murray, it’s advisable for him to quit the sport altogether and salvage his legacy!
Back in the old days, people who were irrelevant never saw the limelight no matter how hard they tried. Back then, limelight only belonged to the alpha males: the best of the best. In this day and age, seemingly none of that matters, considering how just about anybody can hog the spotlight for as long as they want. Some still do it in the old fashioned way: by proving themselves. Yet some choose to pull off cheap shenanigans to get what they have craved for their entire lives.
Justin Gimelstob belongs to the latter category, obviously. The ex-tennis player and a current “analyst” on tennis affairs found it worth his while to comment on how Rafael Nadal loves playing on the clay court. Well…duh! You don’t have to be Einstein to figure that out.
For those who don’t already know, Rafael Nadal has won the Monte Carlo Masters ten times already and now is in pursuit for his eleventh win. Bearing this in mind, even a child who knows nothing about tennis would be likely to say that Nadal is the favorite in the recently begun Monte Carlo Masters 2018.
The job of an analyst is to give people an insight into something they don’t already know. If the job of an expert is to, merely, state the obvious, then everyone can be sitting in Justin Gimelstob’s place. We all know how Justin could never step up his game during the days he spent on the tennis court. The least that he can do, now, is give the audience something worth listening to. Or at the very least he could try not stating the obvious, and pack his bags for a long retirement.
Nadal might be an alpha male during this period of the season, but merely stating it is not enough for Justin Gimelstob to justify the spotlight he has been hogging!
According to Todd Woodbridge, the former Australian tennis star, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the perfect role models for all sportsmen to follow. Woodbridge suggests that the two stars are still topping the ATP rankings, in spite of being in the latter years of their illustrious careers. While it is true that Federer has moved past his peak days, what made the former Australian tennis star make such a claim about Nadal—aged 31—is shocking for all. Sure, Nadal is not at his peak anymore, but it would be foolish to suggest that he is at the end of his career as well.
Woodbridge’s statement would have been completely justified, had it been about tennis, as a sport only. However, when you consider how Woodbridge has claimed that both, Federer and Nadal, transcend all sports, you cannot help view the statement as a cheap publicity stunt. On top of that, Todd Woodbridge also decided to go all Shakespeare with his statement by saying that you need to lay your soul bare in the pursuit of being as good as you possibly can. He, then, went on to comment on how Federer lays his sole bare with his emotions and how Nadal does with same with his physicality.
However, to act as if these two are the only sporting superstars who lay their soul bare would be nothing short of a joke, especially when you consider the other sporting giants—such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo—who have been known by people, all around the world, to inspire greatness, awe and magic. On top of that, regardless of which sport you talk about, it is a fact that no sportsman will ever match the legacy left by the greatest of all time, Muhammad Ali. It is good to live in today—as Woodbridge does—but then you have got to remember not to make such erroneous claim or else you will making a fool out of yourself—which Woodbridge did.
Serena Williams is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, regardless of the mention of gender. It is impossible for a fan of tennis to not have heard the name of Serena Williams!
After all, Serena Williams has been the champion of Wimbledon seven times throughout her illustrious career. However, what Serena Williams needs to learn and understand is that her status might be able to win her favor among the fans but that will certainly not be the case when it comes to the tennis authorities.
Serena Williams has recently raised concerns on the manner in which the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) treated her. According to her, the department is nothing short of a nuisance, forcing players to take out-of-competition tests. However, what caused Serena to truly become enraged was the fact that the anti-doping official arrived slightly earlier at her house than the time that had been decided. While it might not appear to be as big of an issue on paper, it appears as if the official should really send an apology Serena’s way, considering the hoo-ha she has created about the event ever since.
The Swiss superstar, Roger Federer, surprisingly appears to agree with Serena on the matter. According to him, Federer has already been tested five times this year while some of his American counterparts have not been tested at all. On top of that, Federer is of the opinion that Serena’s frustration is justified.
Regardless of what opinion you might hold, the fact of the matter is that the anti-doping officials target above average performers on purpose, to ensure that their dominance is well-deserved. When you consider Federer and his reign at the top, it is only natural for him to be tested more often. Perks of hogging the entire spotlight, I guess!
Those who follow tennis would that Alexander Zverev has made his way to the fourth spot in the ATP rankings, owing to how the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal had been going through their own injury scares. When you take this into perspective, the fourth spot does not appear to do justice to Zverev’s caliber, considering how he should be featuring much, much lower on the rankings, especially in light of his latest statement.
According to Alexander Zverev, he was glad to not have been drawn in the same group as Rafael Nadal, in the Monte Carlo Masters, considering how he had been defeated by Nadal in the Davis Cup. The reason that Zverev gave to back his statement comprises of how he believes Nadal to be the best tennis player to ever grace the clay court. With such an attitude, it’s no surprise that Zverev has lost the final in Rome in the manner that he has—straight sets.
If Nadal was in his usual fire breathing, a case COULD have been made for backing Zverev’s claim of fear. However, when you consider that Nadal had been out of the court since his hip injury in October, you have got to say that Zverev should have been begging the stars to let him come up against Nadal as early in the competition as possible.
If Zverev is afraid of a Nadal who is just returning from a serious injury, you have got to say that he does not deserve the title of the world’s fourth ranked tennis player, at all. Moreover, Zverev felt that he and Nadal will meet in the finals. Well, we all saw what happened in Rome, didn’t we? Zverev was out of his depth when in the same court as Nadal. Fortune certainly never favors the fearful and those who CHOOSE live under someone’s shadow, even if that someone is as great as Rafael Nadal!