I didn't use Sportsman as in sportsmanship. He is, to me off course, an exemplary sportsman because he was simple and he was class act, a superb tennis player. As for, clothing and sponsorship, yes players do have a say. You don't see Federer wearing pirates pants and sleeveless tops, though both are sponsored by Nike. Actually, I know it for sure as my father had been involved in Tennis Federation for sometime.
Secondly, I don't completely agree with clothes are needed to differentiate among players. I, and I am sure anyone who follows Tennis round the year, can easily tell just by looking at players stance or his playing style. Clothing does tell what kind of personality the players have. A good example is Andre vs. Sampras. Andre always coming with new fashion statement, whereas Sampras used to be quite simple all the time. The contrast between them, as in the case with Nadal vs. Federer does add to the rivalry and in a way to the sports as well.
Like I said before its just personal preference. I for sure don't appreciate fashion in Tennis much. At least not what Serena is wearing, or something that Hrbaty wear few years back http://www.rediff.com/sports/2005/sep/05usopen4.htm. I am not disrespecting your opinion or them as a player. May be I don't like how Nadal is dressed up but it does not mean I don't like him as a player. TBH, he is my favorite at the moment along with Djoker (haha). yes
Its cool, but is still think they don't really have a choice...like how Federer has to put on his rolex at the end of a tourney or something because Rolex sponsors him and he HAS put it on.
As for the way fed dresses...thats the simply the way Nike wants to market him. He is supposed to be the epitome of class and style hence why his outfits always match, nadal before he became 31 and was nikiefied was supposed to represent a newer generation of tennis..and thus the pirate look came about.
And as for differentiation i meant for casual fans i know my players lol, but people like say...my mom pinpoint them by how they dress. And your argument seems primarily around womens tennis. in that regard i agree....it's mostly on the womens side..the mens side is simple.
And i like the Djoker too.
Nadal getting hurt and retiring from Australian Open.....thats too bad. I think his personality brings so much to a tournament and Tennis itself. I still think either Murray or Djokovic will win. Federer is another favorite but I like to see new blood stepping up. Both, Murray and Djokovic at the moment seems to be in great form.
so far Djokovic has been going under the radar, so I guess he'll at least get to the semis. Murray was excellent today against a sub-par Nadal. I hope the injury ain't what kept him out last year. Federer wiped the floor with Hewitt who still hasn't found his game against the Swiss master. I'm hoping for either Federer or Murray cos Britains been waiting a long while for an open champion.
Well, it's the Fed Express vs. The Brit. for the championship. Obviously, my money will be on Federer (as always) in 4 sets. However, Murray has made some excellent shots in this tournament and has room to improve. He may even win a Grand Slam one day after Federer retires from tennis.
Anyone surprised with the result? I am. but only the scoreline; I thought would at least push to a 4th set, but it wasn't to be. Federer was awesome in the first 2 sets and ultimately deserves the win. Pity for Murray, so close yet so far. I hope it doesn't play on his mind too long, losing both his Grand Slam finals to Federer.
The King's reign continues. Great win by Federer. That was a lot easier than i was expecting.
And congratulation to Serena for her 5th Aussie.
Murray was too shaky in the first two sets, but the end result was the same..sweet 16 FTWWW
It's the Grand Slam final experience, Federer has been in so many finals that he knows how to cope with the pressure and get the best out of himself. Murray has only been in 2 finals and carries the hopes of the British people on his shoulders which is not easy. We expect him to win every tournament he enters and that's not fair. I hope he really can win a Grand Slam this year; it'd be great if it happened to be Wimbledon too.
WImby? idk...Fed and Nadal are too far ahead on natural surfaces. I'd say his best shot is USO.
And both Nadal and Fed won their First GS finals..sampras did too right?
Yeah he did. I'm saying it would be fitting if his first GS win was Wimbledon, just for the fans sake. But the easiest out of the lot are possibly Australian GS and USO, so he's got one more opportunity to go imo. The French Open is too much, you'd have to be a specialist or Federer to win.
I feel bad for Andy Murray. He's definitely talented enough to win a GS, and deserved one more than people like Djokovic and Del Potro. But he's gonna have to wait cause my man Fed is trying for all 4 this year. Nadal already ruined it twice before by dominating the French, and Fed is getting older - this is probably his last chance.
Ughhh lots of top players playing like shit atm....fed...nole..wtf
Grats to Roddick