Quotable Quotes: I thought bitchfests were for the WTA…
Over in the Orient, Marat Safin played one set of flawless tennis followed by two sets of headcasiness to lose to Berdych, 36 64 64, ending his last tournament in China.
If anyone harbored wishful thoughts that Safin might “do an Henin“, he’s certainly left himself with no way back after calling out fellow players about injuries and MTOs.
Not only did Marat refuse to shake Berdych’s hand after the match because his opponent took extended MTOs during their match, he also slammed other players for complaining about the length of the season.
“Just come on; just grow up a little bit; 26 years old; just deal with that. If you’re losing, just be a man; be a man and lose as a man.
“Don’t pretend that you are injured and then you start running around and start to hit winners and then all of a sudden you pull the hands up in the air after winning the match?
“So then of course the guy will say: ‘No, I’ve been injured but then I felt a little bit better’.
“Of course he will find 10,000 excuses. Still, it’s not enough. You’re playing or you’re not playing. If you’re playing, so just shut…up and play.”
On the tour calendar:
“In 2004 we had this discussion in Olympic Games with Roddick about it and they were blaming me that I’m playing too much.”
“And I was saying that the season is too long. We should make it shorter. And the guys, they jumped on me, like I was the one who was wrong.
“So look at all of them — everybody is falling apart. Everybody is getting injured left and right, and everybody is complaining the season is long. It takes six years to realise that something is wrong?
“They just have to deal with that, not when they are 21 and ambitious and want to make money. They have to think a little bit with their brains and to make the career a little bit longer.”
Just a thought – what would your reaction be if it was Lleyton Hewitt and not Marat Safn making these comments?
I may not buy the whole “it’s all the ATP’s fault we’re injured” argument, but let’s just say that Marat doesn’t get a free pass from me on this just because he’s charmingly bitchy.