I missed the start of Ferrer/Nadal Katie, so I didn't hear them writing Ferrer off. I agree though, the pundits shouldn't write people off before a match has even begun. I don't mind a simple recognition of a match up being tough, that sort of thing, but as for Gasquet last night, according to the pundits, he had no chance against Delpo and none against anyone else either.
It was amusing, sort of, to hear the pundits do an about turn at one point and rush to justify Gasquet getting in to the WTF, but they clearly think he's wasting his time if some of the comments yesterday were anything to go by. It wasn't so much the comments that annoyed me though. It was the inane laughter while they wrote Gasquet off. It was rude and totally uncalled for.
Becker also earned the sharp end of my tongue yesterday, harping on about Andy and the way he 'should' want to get to world no.1 straight away. Why can't these stupid people accept that players are allowed to have priorities or different goals? Why should Andy want to be even remotely like Becker? Personally I remain convinced Andy does want to be no.1 at some point. More to the point I am convinced he will be. If his priority (when he is fit and back on tour) remains winning slams though, not his ranking, I will be perfectly fine with that. I mean, when since has it been wrong for a pro tennis player to want to win more slams? I wish Becker et al, would just leave Andy alone.
I'm not sure about Andy as a commentator. Mind you, it would never be dull
Becker's comment was a bit daft - obviously Andy didn't say being no 1 was an immediate priority after winning wimbledon because he'd already decided to have back surgery after US open. While we didn't know that at the time, wedo now and so does Boris. Clearly that is why Andy was playing down his next goals.