I hope you are all having enjoyable holidays and if you are still working then I hope the last few days aren’t too bad. There isn’t much to post about right now but I thought this article was newsworthy. This is about Nadal, so you might ask why am I writing about him on a Federer blog. Well first of all this is not just a Federer blog as I explained before, but I also thought this was a good opportunity to appreciate Roger’s good qualities since him and Nadal is pretty much opposites in every way. I thought these comments from Nadal was a real shame. It reeks of selfishness. And I am not saying that because I’m biased. I truly believe that. This is not the first time something like this have come up, and Nadal has always struck me as a self-centered individual. Before he wanted the courts to be slowed down even more, as if it is not slow enough these days.
I don’t remember the exact incident but I think he wanted there to be more clay court events. If anything, there should be more grass court events. There are three Masters Series events on clay and zero on grass. And not for the first time he has now brought up this two year ranking system nonsense. It is simply not a good system. It is like capitalism where something like 5% of the world owns 90% of the world’s wealth. If there is a two year ranking system then the top players will have it even easier than they already do, while the young players who are trying to make it onto the tour will have an even harder time climbing the rankings. It is very difficult to make it in tennis, as I myself found out. It is incredibly competitive at the top and you need a lot of things to go your way to be able to make it. Someone like Nadal pretty much had it all go his way since the start.
He was born and bread to make it. Even if he didn’t do as well as he did he would still have made a great living out of tennis. Of course basically the same can be said for Roger, but he is not the one who wants a two year ranking system. He opposes it. Roger clearly has more compassion for those young players who have to make immense sacrifices to make it to the top. I mean is hard enough as it is. Why make it even harder? It just seems to me that Nadal couldn’t care less about others or the sport itself. He wants everything to suit his agenda. It is also funny that he has been bringing up so often of late now that his future seems more uncertain than usual. He has been completely owned by Djokovic and as a result his motivation has suffered. He is now at an age where he should begin to decline, especially given his taxing game style.
So of course a two year ranking system would be much more advantages to him now. It would allow him to remain at the top for longer while he starts to decline, and there would be less competition from young players. Can someone get anymore selfish than this guy? Clearly he doesn’t respect the traditions of the sport either. As far as he is concerned tennis can die after he is gone. It is all about his personal glory and ego needs. How can it be good for tennis if young players must struggle so much to break through? It would be a disaster. I am not a fan of capitalism and neither am I a fan of a two year ranking system. It stinks of selfishness and exploitation. Thank God Roger is president of the player’s council and not this egocentric maniac. This is where you can see why I never warmed to Nadal. It’s all about selfishness and ego.
I never could and never will be able to stand that attitude. It is what destroys our world. It is called inequality. This is essentially what Nadal stands for. Competition is OK. This is after all a sport. But exploitation is another thing. You can go through life stepping on others to get to the top and win at all costs, but what an empty, miserable life that is. I have news for Nadal and all the other capitalistic pigs out there: It feels good to help and care about others. Always winning and only caring about yourself has a shallow emptiness about it. Roger on the other hand deeply loves the sport, cares about it’s past and future, and cares about future generations. That is why he will not support this system. It comes back to love and fear, which is the essence of Roger and Nadal. Roger is motivated by love. Nadal is motivated by fear. It is that simple.