I'm not assassinating Llondra's character, so if you really want to stick to the topic, why pick a fight with something I'd not said.
I was expecting to come back in here to find a discussion of the match, but as you've accused me of being all nasty and judgemental I feel obliged to defend myself, but anyone who has given a positive or negative opinion of his character, can't complain if someone else gives a view, even if it isn't the one you agree with.
I was pointing out that many tennis fans had reached that view regardless of whether or not they are Murray fans, and long before this particular match-up was announced. Those are facts, and have nothing to do with my personal feelings towards him or what he said.
All I said about him was that he's an arse, which is pretty tame considering, and fully takes into account that apart form his pathetic attempt as an apology, he's kept his nose clean and assumes his comments came from ignorance, not nastiness. It also takes into account that he failed to give anything resembling an actual apology, or any understanding of what was wrong with what he'd said. If he was regularly spouting similar language, I'd have used something much stronger.
My only point was that people should be allowed to say they don't like someone who was caught using racist and misogynistic language, without being branded as an obsessive fan looking for excuses to hate someone. If people want to give him the benefit of the doubt - that's fine. It supports the point that being one of Andy's opponents is irrelevant to whether or not people like him. I'm not criticising anyone who likes him, or who doesn't think it's a big deal. I'm supporting the right for people to have honest opinions.
As for the match, I hope it's a good, but fairly straightforward one for Andy. Andy will be a bit nervous, but so will Llondra. With a bit of luck, nerves will settle on both sides fairly quickly to provide some stuff a bit like we saw in Australia. A similar score would be appreciated too.
I apologise Sparkle. I didn't mean to come on as strong as I did. I'd just been getting bit niggled because the thread seemed to be focussing more on that incident than on the tennis and Andy in particular.
Llodra isn't new to all kinds of controversy, and he's already been accused of racist comments in the past.
The woman in the crowd had her trip paid for to Indian Wells this year by the tournament director as an apology for last year. Llodra had refused to phone her personally at the time, but later sent a hand-written apology and a t-shirt.
Here he is relieving himself into a waterbottle on court. Notice there's a young ballgirl standing right next to him. This was at a Davis Cup match earlier this year. Classy.
Thanks. I didn't know anything about previous racist comments. And as for peeing into a water bottle - that's what male players had to do before 'bathroom breaks' were introduced. Meanwhile I suppose women just had to hang on, although I do know that if a man's gotta go he's gotta go, although surely Llodra could have managed to make it to the loo? Certainly his team-mates don't look too pleased about it!
Anyway on the subject of bathroom breaks -
The rules of tennis are very clear when it comes to bathroom breaks. The rules state that a bathroom break must only be taken during a set break during a match or if it is taken during a set, it must happen before a player’s own service game. If a player takes a break at any other time during the match, they do so on their own prerogative and they will be docked points for the time they spend in the bathroom. The reason this is done is because a player is discouraged from taking too many bathroom breaks during a match and disrupt the flow of the match and the other player. Also it is a way to make sure that a player does not do anything illegal during a bathroom break or cheat in any way.
And the 'great' Roger Federer was docked a whole game for taking a break during the 2010 AO QF because he said the sun was getting in his eyes and affecting his game and he wanted to wait a few minutes to let it move away from the court so's his game would improve, adding that he'd also used the toilet as well.