Federer goes grassroots for Haiti
Before we can get caught up in match results and general tennis theater from Melbourne, let's take a moment to reflect on
The CliffsNotes version: Federer sees the Haiti disaster on the news. "Let's do something." He fires off texts to players from
Also note the cause here: There are no Haitian players on tour, no event in Haiti, no Haitian sponsor, no ulterior motive. This is simply: Something horrible happened on the other side of the world, we recognize that and we want to use our platform to help. And note which players showed. Next time you rip "ill-tempered Serena" or "selfish Djokovic," keep this event in mind.
Just a great day for the sport, a great showing from the top players starting with Federer, a great indication of what can happens when tennis cuts through the in-fighting and everyone works for a greater cause. At the risk of getting carried away, events like this ought to convince the players that, when they work together, they have the power, the leverage and capacity to cut through the tennis clutter and take charge.
Why, it's almost as though the tournament organizers are doing a
You're articulating the great fear a lot of officials had when Hawk-eye was first brought to bear. But doesn't that happen already? Watches closely and you'll notice that, from time to time, judges are subtly removed or relocated by the chair when they're having an off day.
The cases are not comparable.
It was. I gather ESPN interviewed him. But the story I heard was that he made an impetuous decision to fly to Australia and when he realized it coincided with the Aussie Open, he detoured to Melbourne. Other athletes have done likewise in the past:
It's certainly a valid debate. Slams are the great measuring stick in tennis, Hewitt has Roddick beat there. But there are other factors and I still say, all in, Roddick's stack of chips is higher. Especially considering how brutal the sport has become, I'd urge you not to overlook consistency/longevity. Discussion for another time: when we assess players, what -- if any -- value do we assigned "non analytics," those abstract virtues such as professionalism, character, disposition?
Agree. If Sampras wants to confront Agassi about some of the remarks, he's well within his rights to do so. But, dude, read the book first.
• The unretired
• As for last week's discussion regarding Federer and Nadal practicing together,
Enjoy Day 2, everyone!