Lest anyone accuse me of going soft on Rainer Hofmann: of course i don't want to give the impression that i think Hofmann has earned a clean slate just because he has apparently become a reasonably effective tennis coach (as Patty's on-court results continue to suggest). There were serious charges of fraud against this guy, and unless i have badly misunderstood something, he was basically convicted in court in Germany of being a liar, a forger, and a thief. Equally disturbing as the conviction itself, is that fact that Hoffy has never come forward and apologized for his criminal behavior - what he has done instead, is try to deny his responsibility in the vaguest of terms while launching vicious personal attacks against the people who reported the news about his activities. Apparently Hofmann thinks of himself as celebrity royalty now, and therefore he doesn't need to answer any of the unpleasant questions about his criminal past, his dubious role in the Harnecker scandal and murky connections with the Swiss tabloids, and his nasty under-the-table fight with the Schnyder parents. Hoffy seems to think everybody has forgotten about this stuff, but as a veteran of the dirt-digging business himself, he should know better. His storyline reads like a "60 minutes" exposee waiting to be unveiled. If he doesn't air his own dirty laundry, there's a good chance that someone else is eventually going to do it for him. We all know what happened to Peter Graf.