Post-Wimbly Thoughts (by PJ): Closure

A ball boy picks up tennis balls during the match between Andrea Hlavackova of the Czech Republic and Thailand's Noppawan Lertcheewakam at the 2010 Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London

So. It has been a week since and I don’t think my thoughts are properly in order. But whilst things are still fresh-ish on my mind, I thought I’ll do the Wimbly wrap up and then we’ll close this and continue with nothing but frivolous Federporn till the next hard-court season. Sounds good, y/y?

I know I did say I’ll write up a post on the women’s side of things, but apologies, I can’t find the heart, really, to write anything really substantial. Still, congratulations to Rere. Vera tried, but when Rere’s on, she’s on. Serena is now easily the most celebrated women’s GS champion. And seeing that she is one of my favourite female players, I’m really happy for her.

Wish I could say the same for my favourite male player.

There hasn’t been a peep from the Federcamp since last week. There were rumours of an MRI on his thigh injury but nothing was really confirmed. Roger himself hasn’t been seen, presumably tucked away in a secret holiday location with Mirka and the twins. Tennis journos – most without the essential human organ called a brain – wrote scathing attacks and twisted his press conference around to create controversy. Dootsiez wrote a great piece on the perspectives of the lame media regarding THAT press conference and the injury debate, and she said it with less expletives than I ever could so I’ll leave it at that.

I guess I want to reflect a bit on what’s sort of been on the wire since then.

1)      Roger Federer as world #3. Numbers don’t matter, look at what he has achieved.” Rationalised my fellow Feddersfan, ever positive. Yes, I agree to an extent. But if I can be honest, numbers do matter. It matters to me, and I bet it matters to Federer. He can’t get used to being world #2, much less to say world #3? If I want to be positive about this, I hope for his ego to kick him in his rear and he’ll come out all guns blazing to at least wrestle for the #2 ranking. Correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s no way for him to get back to #1 for the rest of the 2010 season. Dystopia much? Pretty much.

2)      Rafa Nadal wins 2nd Wimbledon title. And in one of the most boring Wimbly finals since Hewitt’s straight-sets over Nalbandian in 2002. I’m happy for Rafa, his career is back on track after his own season of pain. But stupid haters and naysayers are clouding my joy and my generosity. I want to be genuinely happy because I like Rafa, but I know I’m not. Fuck it, I’ll live with being a sore loser.

3)      The King is dead. Dear tennis journos, fuck off, get a life, and move on. Sincerely, PJ.

4)      Rafa Nadal is the new King of Wimbledon. Hmm, let’s see. My guy has 6 titles. Rafa has 2 titles. He may qualify for the, I don’t know, Prime Minister of Wimbledon, but the King? Long way to go yet. (On a note, I actually wrote Court Jester of Wimbledon, but I realised that is really mean. My bitterness was not intended towards Rafa, after all. Rather towards the stupid of the tennis media)

5)      Rafa Nadal can catch Roger Federer’s number of slams. I’m not saying that it’s not possible. But a lot of it has to depend on Federer himself, the rest of the field, and most importantly, Rafa’s knees. Who, according to its official twitter, is allergic to hard courts. So we shall see. As of now, seeing the current situation, I’m inclined to say if Federer’s Slam record IS to be broken, it wouldn’t be by Rafa Nadal. I stand to eat my words, of course, but still. *shrugs*

6)      Roger Federer will never dominate again. True, he probably never will, not to the extent of 2006/2007. But I believe he WILL continue to be at the top of the men’s game. Will he ever get world #1 one back? My response is: why wouldn’t he? He definitely wants it bad enough. We’ll see what happens next year.

7)      Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal: Reversal of fortunes. How true. Their 2009/2010 years have been the complete opposite of each other (save for the Masters clay court season). So Rafa’s career was over post AO2010, just as Roger’s career was over post AO2009. Both guys came out and proved everyone wrong. I’m going to wait for Roger to do it all over again.

8)      Tennis journos do not have a mind of their own. The number of articles written proclaiming the end of Roger Federer/the rise of Roger Federer/the end of Roger Federer (and insert Rafa in there, too) by the same people over and over again are uncountable. Can’t make up your mind on whether Federer is over or not, huh?  If Federer wins US Open (and I firmly believe he can), I’ll be waiting for the swing again. There’s a reason why I do not read tennis news all that much anymore.

On my own mourning, no, I’m not really over it. I remember asking Doots despondently over beer and comfort food post RG:

PJ: When do we get over it?

Doots: We don’t. Have you gotten over Wimbly 2008?

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up, hey? But if I can be honest, this is worse than 2008, for me. Because even though he was Slam-less at this point in 2008, he at least made it to the finals of RG/Wimby and he wasn’t world #3. I know he already has a Slam this year, and I shouldn’t be greedy, yadda yadda, but let’s face it, we want him to keep winning. Duh, HE wants to keep on winning.

I believe he will. I truly believe he will come back because he is Roger fucking Federer and he really loves the game too much to give it up. His post conference with its surliness and sarcasm says it all: he still wants it. And he’ll get it.

I was talking to my friend yesterday, and we brought up the story of Serena Williams, her year of funk in 2004, and rinse and repeat in 2006. Struggling with injuries and personal tragedy, she couldn’t perform on court and couldn’t win anything.  She plummeted in world rankings and naysayers/ genius tennis journos were predicting the end of the Williams era and the end of Serena Williams. She will never win another Grand Slam again. She is le over.

And of course, we all know that she came back, ranked #81 in the world, and won Australian Open in 2007, and won another five Slams following that, AND got back to world #1.

And you know what? That gives me hope. And we can all keep on hoping.

– PJ

P.S. There will be Federporn this Friday. Unless Head Bitch says otherwise.

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About PJ

I'm a tennis nut. Loves watching and freaking out over tennis, and as of late, writing about tennis. As a player though, I'm terrible. My other interests includes reading (pretty much will give any genre a go), checking out films, crafting (making cards, scrapbooking etc), eating/food (specifically searching for the perfect chendol outside Malaysia). I'm also trying to find my own perfect corner in this world!

24 responses to “Post-Wimbly Thoughts (by PJ): Closure”

  1. pban says :

    oh pj you blogged, you certainly have more steel than me….lovely blog by the way and my sentiments exactly.I just can’t think of anything profound and philosophical anymore….it still hurts too much.

  2. TennisAce says :

    PJ, that is exactly what I thought about when I read the obits about Federer. They did the same thing to Venus,Serena and now they are doing it to Federer. As far as I am concerned most tennis journos are just a bunch of fucking idiots who just love to write negative stuff.

    I hope Nike does something in the form of an ad along the lines of what they did for Serena when she won the Australian Open in 2007. Something along the lines of a coffin opening and lots of Grand Slam trophies falling out and Federer stepping out of said graveyard with a huge haul of trophies hanging around his neck and saying to the journos “news of my death are greatly exaggerated”. Yeah, he will rise again and then we will see.

  3. flo says :

    Among the tennis writers, I’m going to say that in times when a player is slumping, only Wertheim and Tignor are tolerable for me. And Tom Tebbutt.

    • Alex says :

      No doubt Bodo has stuck his long knives into Roger.

      • Forehand Shanker says :

        I’ll just cite these words from a very recent Bodo piece:

        In his meeting with the Spanish press after his semifinal win, Rafael Nadal was asked what he would write about Roger Federer if he were a journalist.

        “First,” Rafa replied, “No way I would be a journalist.”

        He went on to say, “You guys have tried to kill Roger – often. But he’s always come back and proved you wrong. So one thing I would not do is make the mistake of saying Roger is dead.”

        Well, too bad that’s going to be lost on Bodo who doesn’t have to face Fed’s strokes himself. Problem with most of these journos is their analysis is more from the armchair. Tignor is the rare journo who avoids armchair analysis because he actually gets out there and plays.

  4. Alex says :

    I’m still not over 2008 Wimby, much less 2009 Australia, 2009 US Open. Call me a sore loser, I don’t give a shit.

    • flo says :

      Come on, #15 didn’t get people over 2008 Wimbledon? Fed was second best for most of that match. Once he lost that break up in the first and then promptly got broken again for the set. He had to win two toss up breakers and wasn’t really threatening in the fifth.

      2009 Aus – sure, because if he served better…he lost the tight sets and fought hard to tie and up and ran out of gas.

      2009 US – most regrettable because of the potential 2 sets up…

      Still 15 and 16 did a lot to dispel any residual anger about those losses, but that’s just me.

  5. girl_from_mi says :

    Great wrap-up post. Thank you for that.

    This thing with Roger being #3 for the rest of the year means that we might see Roger and Rafa in the same half for Cinci & Toronoto, rather then being set up for a possible Fedal Final*. I just don’t know how I feel about that.

    *Fedal Final: an Urban Legend pertaining to the possibility of Federer & Nadal meeting in a final.

  6. BS says :

    It’s really annoying how, all of a sudden, just because Rafa won Wimbledon and he’s really far ahead in terms of ranking points, he’s suddenly going to break all of these records and now his era has begun and Federer will never be Federer again and all of the other stuff that the tennis media is coming up with. I could list out so many things that have happened with Rafa in which no reference is made to Federer but whenever Federer achieves something great everything comes back to the disproportionate Fedal rivalry. I know its been pointed out many times but these double standards when it comes to these two is probably the matter that frustrates and irritates me most when it comes to tennis. No-one took the time to point out that in the last two slams that Rafa won, he only had to play three top 10 players in total, twice Soderling. I can only imagine how many times that would be brought up if Fed did the same. Federer will be back again, Rafa might go through a tough time again, probably not as tough as what he went through last year, but things are constantly changing. I will be happy if Fed ends the year #2 with a safe distance between him and #3. Btw PJ, great post🙂

    • Alex says :

      Ummm how many top 10 players did Roger beat for his 2009 Channel Slam? No more then 3 I think.

      • BS says :

        That’s exactly my point. I’m not taking anything away from Rafa, his achievement was fantastic, as was Federer’s last year, but what I’m saying is that this fact has been mentioned numerous times, that Federer did not have to beat that many ‘tough’ players in those two slams as he might have in previous ones. It was the same case with Rafa this year but I don’t recall it being mentioned at all (yet). Just to say, I don’t think it matters who you beat, a slam is a slam and they are obviously deserved because it is incredibly difficult to win seven matches over two weeks as these two have done so many times.

        • 4pirsquared says :

          I hate the double standards, but Rafa is always praised more than usual because he’s Roger’s “thorn on a very pretty rose” of sorts. So if Rafa wins a slam, he’s GREAT. But if Roger wins a slam, he faced no competition aka he didn’t face Rafa. It sucks, but that’s how the media is going to play it for forever. And Rafa winning Wimbledon is still a great feat because he’s a known clay courter than anything else, and it doesn’t matter if he didn’t face Roger because, “oh look at that head to head between those two. It wouldn’t matter. Rafa will come out the victor anyway.”

          Ugh. I’m so not a sore loser =X

  7. Jack says :

    I don’t really care what the media say about Fed but what I do hate is hyprocrites! (And the double standards is annoying too!)

    Take for example, Simon Reed. After Rafa won the French-Wimbledon double this year, he wrote an article saying Rafa is gonna dominant for a long time and that he earned those two titles. However, when Fed did it last year, he wrote that he was gifted the titles and that he was lucky to win. I don’t have a problem with the Rafa article but to say he earned them and that Roger was given the titles by his opponents is just insulting!!

    But he’s never written anything nice about Roger so I shouldn’t be suprised.

    The way tennis journos write him off so quickly is kinda an insult and a compliment at the same time. I mean, its insulting to write Roger off after a couple of losses. But then its also says a lot about his career that they make a big deal of him going out at the quarters or dropping to No 3.

  8. jfK says :

    Wimbledon just felt so empty without Roger. I overslept and missed the final so it’s as if it never happened. Congrats to Nadal, but I just can’t stand these journalists/haters who put Roger down in order to praise Nadal. Take the article from the Telegraph for instance. That was so trashy.
    I don’t have high hopes for the US Open. Roger is defending Cincy and more pts than Djokovic so expect hin to be seeded 3.The only thing that gives me hope is that Djokovic is defending more pts. than Rog post USO.

    • Jack says :

      Thats one of my problems too. Some journos are always pitting Nadal against Federer and like you said, some of them try to diminish Roger’s achievements to make Rafa’s look better.

      And that Telegraph article was digusting. Totally disrespectful and insulting to Roger.

      And I thought the final didin’t really feel like a final, it just felt like any other match……if that makes any sense!🙂

    • BS says :

      The final was probably one of the most boring matches I have watched in recent years. Not because I don’t like either player, just because there was no excitement. And because Roger wasn’t there of course😦

  9. pban says :

    We love our guy folks, what any tom dick, harry or pete says shouldn’t matter….difficult to follow but possible.As for naysayers people have tried to blemish the names of leaders far greater than Roger so one should really form our opinions based on facts and I know the facts as well as any journo. I loved him from before he had even one slam and became hair god so it will take a lot to turn me off Roger if that is what these writers are aspiring to do

  10. sita says :

    Post-Wimby thoughts ? Wimby ? Was there a Wimby in 2010 ? Are you kidding me ?😛

    Thanks for the blog PJ. I really don’t know what to expect for the rest of the year so I have ticked off 2010 already and will go with the assumption that he won’t win anything for the rest of the year. Just like Nadal in 2009.
    And start afresh next year.
    I just hope all the negativity in the media doesn’t get to him. I think he is seasoned enough to not let it affect him. Can’t wait for him to win a couple of slams and make the rabid tennis media eat crow all over again.

    • schnargle says :

      There wasn’t a Wimbledon this year. Roger decided not to play in order to spend more time with the girls, so the LTA cancelled it. Or that’s how I remember it, at least😛

      He’s got so many points to defend post-Wimbly that I’m also keeping my expectations low for the rest of the year ( = insisting that Roger’s kindly letting everyone else have a taste of victory – what a guy!) to give my heart a chance to heal. Having said that, though, I’ll probably be scribbling his name into my USO bracket in a desperate attempt to influence Fate, and maniacally fist-pumping at the TV every time he wins a point.

      Roger for AO/Wimbly 2011, please.

  11. LJ says :

    okay why has it taken me 2 days to read this? okay I was in bed sick that’s why

    pretty much my thoughts, I want to be soooo happy for RAFA, and I like the guy, but the tennis media just makes that totally impossible

    that, and the fact that I’m the worst loser ever…hmmmph

  12. flo says :

    I have a question for journos: what is the literal difference between citing injuries in the press conference and not bringing them up followed immediately by going into surgery which would immediately be in the news anyway? Okay, the opponent wouldn’t have to defend his/her win, but all the other elements are still there.

  13. breadstix says :

    It’s taken me, what, 12 days to read this? Oops. But me likie, it wasn’t as painful to read as I thought it would be. The 12 days may have something to do with it, denial too, but I’m now kinda looking forwards to the USO series. It feels like turning over onto a new page, and I hope Roger sees it the same way too and that his performance wouldn’t be affected by Wimby and the negativity of the press too much.

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