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post #2784 of (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 2013, 03:31 PM
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Re: Steffi Graf Admiration Thread Vol 2

Eh, I'm not sure this is a simple, or even complicated, case of Tall Poppy Syndrome.

IT'S NOT DEMOCRATIC, BUT IT WOULD GET MY VOTE
JOHN MACDONALD
July 29, 1988
Sydney Morning Herald

[...]

"How quickly they forget" department.

Out-of-form Wimbledon champion Steffi Graf endured the rare insult of hearing a chanting crowd demand its money back at a $A247,220 women's tennis tournament in Hamburg.

The West German's usually lethal forehand missed the intended target so often that some of the 3,000 spectators began taunting her by shouting for a refund.

This is a backhanded compliment. Graf has become a tall poppy. It strengthens one's faith in human nature to know that we're not the only ones to cut them down to size.
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