zep1706 Posted May 28, 2015 Share Posted May 28, 2015 You follow umpires too!! Good on you :two_thumbs_up: I wouldn't be able to name a single one. In between, having seen the video that Zep posted i think that umpire should have been barred by ATP itself. The way he was laughing at Rafa, and overall behaviour was extremely disrespectful and should have been enough to earn a ban from ATP. There is nothing new in what Nadal requested. Wawrinka other day revealed that he has also made similar requests in the past. Federer also played it down suggesting that it is not an uncommon practice. Just that it came out in public this time and some people have a habit of vilifying Nadal. Players are free to request anything. The authorities decide whether that request has any merit. Nadal's case certainly does. Not only that, according to an article in L'equipe, umpires are given a sheet at the beginning of each tournament to mark yes/no against players' names; they can note down any player that they want to to avoid. So the umpires already have that provision. It is a trivial issue really. Djokovic is the only player trying to gain brownie points here. His fake personality needs all the good PR he gets. As soon as a match gets tight or the crowd supports his opponent which is usually the case everywhere his true colors come out. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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