Where did I say you were naive for sticking up? It's naive to assume that guys with a small fanbase get put on show courts. Most people are glory-hunters and they don't care about journeymen (not my opinion). People make money with these kinds of things and therefore do what they think is the most proficient. Whether that's fair or not is completely irrelevant. I guess I just don't really understand why people keep moaning about this as if it came as a big surprise. I said from the very beginning that Andy was unlikely to get a night session until the QFs and now that it's Chardy and not DelPo that obviously didn't work out either. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I agree with the scheduling, just that it's unlikely to change. From an economic point of view it makes perfect sense.
Either way, I'm going to bed. I don't want to miss Andy's match.
You implied but anyway. And this hasn’t come as a surprise to me. I’ve already said it at the start of this AO to expect the schedules work in Federer’s favour. But what’s happened since then is beyond the limit. 4 out of 5 night matches were given to Federer and none to Andy. Again it’s not about Andy but the way it is in this instance and it could have been easily Nadal had he played.
I’ve been watching tennis since 1994. I became a member of CNN forum in 1998 and only Men’s tennis forum existed back then. However, there were lots of email based fans forums as well. Back on those days, I never remember talking about schedules simply because it wasn’t an issue. And it still wasn’t when Federer was dominating the tour like nothing else (2004-2007) because there was nobody to threaten him due to a very weak field. Along came the likes of Nadal, Nole and Murray in 2008 – the bunch that would eventually throw Federer off his throne and that’s when this favouritism all started. Andy did not get any big win over Federer that year but his H2H vs Federer in 2008 was 3-1 in Andy’s favour. The only loss he saw against Federer was in the US Open final. But people were already very much in love with Federer and the Organizers loved the money and attention that came with it, so they didn’t mind favouring him and they still don’t. The rigged draw controversy also kicked in at that point since the two top players kept getting identical draws.
Now I am not tard enough to sit tight and watch all this and accept it as ‘it is what it is’ because it’s not. The starting point in anything to see any improvement is to speak up and I’ve been doing it since 2008. You can’t have an action unless you have a thought/idea first. You can’t just go to some place without thinking it first so a thought has to exist first. I don’t care if I am wasting my time but a wrong is a wrong is a wrong. You say it’s unlikely to change but how do you know that? If we sit quietly then yes nothing will change. The least I can do as I see it is to speak up. I am a tennis fan first and I don’t care who Federer is. As Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.
Well anyway, enough about this.