My increased work-load along with a decrease in ATP action has meant the tennis chatter from my end has been pretty quiet.
Be that as it may, my eye continues to wonder the tennis landscape.
Since my last post there was an injury to Roger. Folks jumped all over that story. I hope my silence made a point. You know where I stand on that, right? I’m happy to explain.
I’ll also look around the tour for a few other tennis observations.
But let me start with a word or two on some tennis observations made by some of the “commentators” that fancy these lovely tennis discussions.
If I ever come across as critical of Djokovic, first call me on my contradiction. I have written extensively of his class and incredible tennis quality, his ascension and what he has meant for me and for tennis at this point in time (my archives will take you back to posts written last spring/summer for this appreciation of Novak that have continued to this day).
Secondly, though, and more to my point, blame tennis cheerleaders like certain fanboy clowns that blog about tennis. The fanaticism of tennis is a joke. There is so little sports knowledge or literacy, I want to call it, in these writings or images that are posted like little love or hate letters to their heroes/villains; it’s like a bunch of little 10 year-old girls excited to see their favorite movie star, or an episode of mean girls. If you want some grown-up analysis, come over here or other more objective tennis discussions. From what I gather, some of these bloggers have, in some instances, broken-up with Federer (the old #1) and now they’re “dating” Djokovic (the new #1). That’s how it appears. I’ve been told by readers and have made a few random visits to these sites only to see them trying to destroy Federer’s reputation in all matters with the vindictiveness of an ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, they will have blog header images such as close-ups of Djokovic puckering-up. The sexual tension is incredible. Keep that stuff behind close doors, dopes.
That’s why I’ll continue to blog. I will, for example, be sure to temper some of this hysteria, the sloppy wet kisses for Nole, to remind everyone to slow-down, take a breath, suggest that Nole can make a claim for GOAT in four years, rather than four months (that was a comment made on a discussion board about the Nole GOAT discussion – which is absolutely right).
The tennis commentary I see around town is pretty much a bunch of hysterical disciples of certain players past or present. There is very little perspective. It’s embarrassing, really.
I don’t need any public confirmation. I know the tennis discourse needs my common sense. And thank you to all of you who read.
As for the tennis:
Roger’s injury is particularly newsworthy, for me, only because I am hoping to attend Indian Wells again this year and would love to see the Maestro play and these are our last opportunities to see Roger play good tennis. The injury is a bummer for him and all of his rabid fans, but this is part of the process of getting older and slowly fading from the sport. I loved that myth (past-tense because I’m pretty sure people making that claim have realized by now how wrong they are) of Roger playing better tennis now than he ever has. Do you see how foolish that is? This is a comment made by someone completely out-of-touch with sports, the human body, common sense. Unreal ineptitude. The injury is more evidence of Roger not nearly the physical force he was. Ha. I practically dignified that idiotic myth.
For the record: statistics can be half-truths. In this case of Roger, for sure. He hits his BH better now than when he was 26 years-old. Therefore, . . . . . . . . .
Roger is a year from bowing-out. I have been calling his tennis the Roger fare-well tour for almost a year now. And this is NOT insightful. This should be what anyone familiar with his tennis, the sport, or sports and life in general understands. His success on the court recently has been incredible, but he’s fading away. The injury is ONLY proof of this. That’s it. Make sure you appreciate Roger while you can. Again, he is on his fare-well tour.
In effect, I have been saying that Roger and Nadal are over-the-hill for months now. The TSQ has insisted that Roger is better than ever and Nadal is coming back. People, wake-up. Again, this is a kind of lack of sports literacy that must be the culprit here. How is either playing like they were in their prime? Roger has fooled us because of his sustained relevancy and Nadal has a lot of people fooled because of his roller-coaster consistency and his multiple primes ;)
But, folks, these guys are at the end of the rope, which is why the Djokovic era since 2014 has been pretty much without either providing much of a resistance to the Serb’s ascendant form. This does not take anything away from Djokovic. But it is what it is.
Oh, as for my argument about Nadal’s form, despite the TSQ’s wet-dream of the Spaniard returning to form, at least on clay:
Rafael Nadal (wc) 4 6 6
Dominic Thiem (5) 6 4 7
#1 seed goes down on clay. Start to come-to-grips with this reality, tennis world. This is 2016. Some of you have not seen this coming, been in denial, haven’t the wherewithal to see the writing on the wall. That’s too bad.
In other words, Nole is all alone.
One of the most interesting parts of the game now is to see what players might be able to find the form and confidence to play into the top 20 or 10 in the next year.
We can continue this narrative throughout the year. I will say that some excitement is with the young German Zverev and the young American Fritz.
Nice to see Zverev beat Cilic in Montpellier in a tournament won by Gasquet. Cilic’s suspect form in 2014 (and his subsequent “injury”) is one of my pet peeves. Happy to see the 18 year-old beat the one-hit-wonder Croat.
This week the Rotterdam #2 seed Cilic lost to Kohlschreiber in the QF. Keep-on trucking, Marin.
Fritz, a wildcard, is into the Memphis SF. Nice little run for another 18 year-old. He beat fellow American Johnson, #2 seed, in a couple of TBs. Would love to see the youngster advance and take-on Nishikori in the Final.
We can see the future, barely.
I see Tomic, as the #1 seed, stunk the joint in Quito. The Aussies. . .
Just a couple of things that caught my eye. . .