Can you believe Peter Bodo gets paid to write about tennis?!
Without hyperbole, Peter Bodo has today published the most ridiculous column I have ever read on the sport of tennis. His column begins with the absurd premise that he can forecast how far last year's quarterfinalists will go this year, using some arbitrary 1-10 ranking system. Here's where it delves into a new kind of awful and unprofessional, though:
"3. Na Li (losing semifinalist) - She's in resurgence, and I've always liked her game on hard courts. The seedings may not uphold this, but she gets a 5."
8. Tatiana Golovin (losing quarterfinalist) - Those nagging injuries, combined with a history of inconsistency at the best of times, makes it hard to bank on her. She will get to a significant quarterfinal this year, but not at Indian Wells. Stick her with a 2."
Yes, here it is days after both ladies have withdrawn and Bodo is still under the assumption that they both are playing. How pathetic is it that this man, who commands likely a fairly hefty salary to write about tennis, cannot even keep up with the news. Sure, he cannot analyze, research or lend any first-hand experience either. But at the very least, at the absolute bare minimum, if you dare to call yourself a tennis writer and expect others to patronize you or your employers, KEEP UP WITH THE NEWS. We're not exactly talking about two very obscure players withdrawing either, quite the opposite. The rest of the article is junk as well.
"6. Nicole Vaidisova (losing quarterfinalist) - With a so-so field (no Justine Henin or Williams sisters), Nicole is a lock with a 10."
That's right, there is literally no chance on earth that she could lose before then. None. Hear that Tamira, do not even bother showing up.
"7. Vera Zvonareva (losing quarterfinalist)- She's 13-4 this year, and made the Doha final. What's she gonna do, lose to Michaella Krajicek? She gets an 8."
Yes, Krajicek beating Zvonareva would be the biggest upset since David over Goliath (or maybe the Giants over the Patriots). Hey Peter, if you are so confident that these things are going to happen, I imagine you'll put your money where your mouth is and bet the mortgage on both of these ladies, right?
Still, nothing compares to the fact that a man paid to write about tennis simply does not bother to keep up with tennis. There are so many people on this forum who would love to trade places with Bodo. How lucky is he or anyone to have the ability to write about the sport for a living, to travel the world pro bono, to get to know these players even just a little. With that blessing should come some sense of responsibility and pride in your work. Sadly, Bodo has none.
Thanks for letting me vent.