In the link you will find a discussion at Men’s Tennis Forum about Roger’s popularity in the US. I don’t watch tennis on ESPN and thank God for that. I have always had the feeling that in the US they do not give Roger the respect that he deserves. Apparently they show mostly Roddick and the Williams sisters on ESPN. And I’m not even talking about Rodick’s new resurgence either, they have always done it like this. So lets look at that. Roddick has won one grand slam title, while Roger has won 15. Not only that but he owns Roddick, 19-2 in h2h meetings to be exact. And to add to that, Roger also plays a much more attractive style of tennis then Roddick. I think most people would agree with that. As for the Williams sisters I can only speak for myself.
Personally I can’t stand them, especially Serena. I think she is arrogant and self-centered. If she had reason to be arrogant would still be ok, but she doesn’t. If you look at the difference between men’s tennis and women’s tennis it is massive. It might as well be a different sport. And I speak from experience. Personally I have no interest in women’s tennis whatsoever. And it’s not because I am sexist. I just don’t see the point of watching women’s tennis when I can watch men’s tennis. It’s like going to Wimbledon and having the choice to watch junior boys singles or men’s singles, and choosing junior boys. To me it just doesn’t make any sense. Not to mention the ugly grunting of the Williams sisters. Nothing beautiful or graceful about it at all.
The point is why would they show Roddick and the Williams sisters when you have a guy, the likes of which we will probably never see again, playing at the same time. Sure you wanna show the players from your own country, but not all the time. I mean the genius of Roger Federer is like a once in a lifetime experience to behold. We are truly privileged to be watching tennis in this era. Yet the US downplay his achievements and prefers to show Roddick and the Willims sisters on TV. Now before you think I have something against America, let me just say that I don’t live there and can’t exactly say what the situation is. I’m just going with things I read and what one of my American readers told me. And I read about it all the time, not just once.
I also know that since Sampras is American, the Americans will of course claim that he is the GOAT, and not Roger. In a sense that is only natural, although I’ve said way back that Roger is better then Sampras. And it turned out to be true. No one can possibly deny that Roger is the better player now. There may have been some doubts before he won the French Open and his 15th grand slam, but even before he did that he was already clearly the better player on clay, and a more complete player then Sampras ever was. This is why Sampras declared Roger as the GOAT when he won the French Open, and of course he said it again after he won Wimbledon. Yet still there are people like Bud Collins, who personally I have never heard commentate, who say that Sampras is better.
I think his argument is that Sampras won one more Wimbledon title then Roger. I mean how ridiculous can you get?! I know America likes to be the best in everything, but I think it’s only fair that they give Roger the respect that he deserves. I mean I was happy to see the Gillette ad where they had Tiger Woods, Derek Jeter and Roger. I’m not saying he gets no exposure at all, but I continually here from people that he doesn’t really get the recognition he deserves. I have to say to me that doesn’t matter all that much. If it is true that they don’t give Roger enough credit then it just reflects badly on them, not on Roger. American tennis legends like Sampras and Agassi has already declared Roger the GOAT, so all America has to do is follow the example of their greats.
But even if they don’t it wouldn’t change the fact that Roger is still better then any tennis player that came out of the US. Personally I take a certain amount of satisfaction from the fact that Roger isn’t American. You can’t have all the great sportsmen coming from one country. Already they have Jordan, Woods, Ali, Ruth, Gretzky,etc. Isn’t that enough?! Can’t there be one great that doesn’t come from the US? Is that so much to ask? Luckily there is others like Maradonna, Pele, Laver and Roger, or else it would have been so boring. I must say the comment by Pam Shriver that Serena Williams will overtake Roger, Tiger and Sampras is really the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. The fact that someone can utter such complete nonsense is beyond me.
Just the fact that someone like that commentates in the US already says a lot. Anyway I have a lot of readers from the US, so at least that is a good thing. Despite all of these things I know that Roger has many fans in the US, and I applaud those people for refusing to be brainwashed. I guess America has always been good at brainwashing their public through the media, and certainly if they don’t believe Roger is better than Sampras then that is testament to that fact. But more then anything this post is about applauding my American readers for seeing the truth, because like I said it doesn’t matter much to me if Roger is not given a lot of credit in the US. It’s their loss, not mine.
I’m not sure whether Roger gets the recognition in the US that he deserves, so I will give my American readers a chance to vote.
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