Quotable Quotes: *Someone* is not happy.
“If the ATP covered for Agassi at the time then I think that’s dreadful,” Nadal said in Madrid as he prepared to receive a civic award.
“The only thing I can say is that if they covered at that moment for the player and punished others for doing the same kind of thing then that would seem to me to be a lack of respect for all sportsmen.”
Nadal concluded that “cheats have to be punished” and said he could not understand why Agassi “now that he is retired comes out and says this – it’s a way of senselessly damaging the sport”.
Woah. Is it wrong that I find Rafa’s smacktalking a bit of a turn-on? He rarely brings out the nasties.
Roger on the other hand emphasised a slightly different view of events.
“It was a shock when I heard the news. I am disappointed and I hope there are no more such cases in future,” Federer said at [the Lindt press conference].
But Federer also noted that Agassi “has done a lot for tennis, both as a player and as a human being”.
“Today, he raises millions of dollars for his foundation for disadvantaged children,” the Swiss ace commented.
Federer noted that today, players must make themselves available for dope tests between 20 and 30 times a year.
“Our sport must stay clean,” he stressed.
It’s always interesting to note the differences between players and how they respond to issues. Rafa takes an innocent, puritanical view of life. Roger gets all “UN Secretary General” on us – expresses his disappointment, and stresses Agassi’s philanthrophic achievements, and the importance of the sport staying clean.
I’ll be sure to note that one down for when I nominate Fed as Ban Ki Moon’s successor.
Andy Roddick on the other hand draws on his loyalty to Agassi. I would’ve expected nothing less.
“Andre is and always will be my idol. I will judge him on how he has treated me and how he has changed the world for (the) better.”
“To be fair, when Andre wrote the reported letter, he was well outside the top 100 and widely viewed as on the way out.”
Gotta say, I’m inclined to look at the bigger picture here and agree with Andy.