I can though: Maradonna. He was regularly completely out of shape - pot bellied and everything. Everyone still called him the best player in history because, well, he was. And whenever he was in the mood he got back into shape and was his awesome self again. Other example - Ronaldo (the Brasilian one). Fatter than Kvitova one day, a few months later unstoppable. Or George Best - an alcoholic who was more interested in boinking groupies than training. But again - he was a hero because everyone knew what he could do if he put his mind to it.
This is a VERY poor analogy, though, because critics weren't afraid to bash Maradona(ONE 'N', not two
) when he slacked off, and I know that from reading such articles....and if he HADN'T re-committed himself at various points, then people would've just shaken their heads and called him a has-been.
No such honesty exists in the soft, swishy, overly-genteel world of tennis: Only an all-sports writer who covers the whole spectrum of the athletic world will dare to comment candidly about tennis players. The regular tennis media is too gutless to criticize players for being lazy or whatever other fault they have. Even the commissioner's office is a joke(at least in the WTA; I can't speak for the ATP director). Lisicki simply QUIT after losing the first set of a tournament final....claiming to have an "intestinal virus". However, when the photogs began taking shots of the winner, Erakovic, Sabine miraculously overcame her need for medical attention
and posed for at least ten minutes with the champ. This was flat out robbery of the ticket-paying fans and, had it been an ugly player, she may've gotten fined and even suspended for a while.....but Machorra Allaster ENABLES this sort of fraud and unprofessional environment........Your other post was kinda long so I skipped over it
, but I'm going back to read it now
Don't be scared to open the door, Serena. It's not the Land Shark, it's only the doping agency
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Ste. Kim, we didn't have you for long enough, but we appreciate what you gave us