• Verdasco laments his lack of ATP status

    6/22/13 3:20 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Verdasco laments his lack of ATP status Fernando Verdasco has lamented his lack of status on the ATP after his efforts to get a match being played on slick grass stopped resulted in total failure and a loss to boot.

    The No. 58 went down in his bid for the semi-finals on grass at Eastbourne in a match which the Spaniard said should have been stopped due to dangerously damp grass. He charged that if he had asked as a member of the tennis elite, his request might have borne more weight with tournament officials.

    "The court was dangerous for both of us," he said of winner Feliciano Lopez, a two-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist. "We had to make so short steps and be so careful, because it was pretty slippery. The ball was heavier and the court was more humid so the bounce was lower, which does not help my game."

    Verdasco said that one of the major names in the game might have gotten the match postponed until conditions improved. "Because I'm not Nadal or Federer or any of these guys, I need to say, I need to do
    what the ATP wants, because if I said, I go, the tournament will not say, 'We wait.' Then I will get a fine from the ATP because I didn't want to play in the bad conditions.

    "What can I say. The ones that are here (high up) they have everything they want. The ones that are not there, you need to do what the other wants."

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The haves and the have nots.

chr18 , 6/22/13 12:35 PM

It was very foggy. I don't know, if Verdasco or Lopez also complained about bad visibility.
I watched their match because I like them both (except they play against Rafa). :)

Augustina08 , 6/22/13 1:10 PM

To the victors, the spoils. He should try winning more. Don't know what Fer is whining about, all he is telling us is he is a low level player, is that news?

rafaisthebest , 6/22/13 2:07 PM

Fer's got a valid point. Grass is slippery at the best of times. Wet grass is downright hazardous. And yes, when Nadal complained about having to play on a wet court at the USO a couple of years ago he got listened to.

As for dragging Fed's name into it, be grateful that his name still pops to mind when a tennis player thinks of high ranked players with clout. He coulda named Murray (who probably has more clout in England than anyone) or Djokovic, world #1. It's a little hard to imagine English tournament officials insisting Murray play on if he says it's not safe.

Ramara , 6/23/13 8:00 AM

^^^So he can drag Rafa's name into it but not Fed's?

rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 8:14 AM

Ramara, don't re-write history. It was actually raining at the USO when Rafa asked for the match to stop. As for who Fer should have mentioned, he obviously knows who has clout and it's not Murray or Djoker, #1 or not.

Djoker did asked for the court to be dragged at RG but it fell on deaf ears, remember?

nadline , 6/23/13 10:25 AM

^^OMG, did you listen to Nole's post semi presser? He sounded flabbergasted that he wasn't listened to and by inference, they listened to you know who!

Loved it!

rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 11:25 AM

In fact during their match in OZ last year, Tsonga implied that Rafa has influence on selecting umpires for SFs and finals. He said the umpire over-ruled in Rafa's favour all the time because he knew that if he didn't do that he won't be asked to do the final.

"He never takes the initiative when it's against Rafa. So I have to be really focused on the ball. If it's really close, he would never say out against Rafa. If Rafa don't like him anymore, he would not be in the chair many times in the final and semi-final."

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#Rafa rules, OK

nadline , 6/23/13 1:15 PM

I cant believe Tsonga was so stupid as to claim Rafa exerts undue influence over who gets to umpire his matches.

He managed to slander both Rafa and Steiner in one fell swoop during the course of his peevish outburst.


ed251137 , 6/23/13 4:13 PM

Gosh, the way some of these players bang on. Rafa the all powerful... I love it!

TuesdayChild , 6/23/13 7:58 PM

They know what side their bread is buttered. Fed has had his day and he will always be considered among the best. They finally realize its over for Fed now. Time to move onto bigger and better things.


Conspirator , 6/23/13 8:08 PM

Wow a post from @twenty that's not obscene.

With his ordinary play vs the elite of today's game, his strings are cut.

You think otherwise?


Conspirator , 6/23/13 10:06 PM

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