For those who have not noticed, Julien Benneteau has resigned. This is the 36-year-old Frenchman who lost all his ten finals on the ATP Tour. At the end of his career, he was severely criticized by a fierce criticism of a sports game show at Radio Monte Carlo ("Les Grandes Gueules de Sport") Roger Federer – or better: its privileges and confusion around him.
Failed to start for Federer
This, after he had started setting up a hymn of praise for the Swiss: "Roger is a legend of sport, an icon. Only with him would be in Paris-Bercy even 15,000 people will come if his game was scheduled for ten o'clock in the morning. "The Federer so much money was his value. "In Basel, he spends one and a half hours in the square and then two or three hours with partners and other people. The Sampras and Agassis did not."
Tiley paid by Godsick
But: Laver Cup, coordinated by "its" management agency "Team8" (Federer is co-founder), including Tennis Australia, has created unacceptable ties. For example, Craig Tiley, the Australian Open Tournament Director, is responsible for marketing and television rights at Laver Cup. "This man is paid by Federer's agent (Tony Godsick). And in any case, Federer plays 12 of his 14 matches in Melbourne at 7:30." Well then, when it's not that hot anymore.
He also heard, Benneteau said that Godsick squeezed the US Open this year as Federer would not play at the new Louis Armstrong Stadium. "It's normal for Federer to have privileges," said the Frenchman. "But it goes a bit too far." An American open spokesman said it was always clear that all matches by Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal took place at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. Tiley has not said anything yet.
Laver Cup is a tower in Benneteau, yet: "He has no athletic legitimacy, there are no athletic criteria for the election. No ATP points will be distributed." It's about money. Nick Kyrgios gets $ 750,000 to play matches that are not counted This is buzz. "
When announced that the new Davis Cup final tournament would take place in November, Federer had not commented on it. Only when Gerard Piqué had promised to move the Davis Cup forward in September and thus compete at Laver Cup, Federer had met him.
Djokovic defends Federer
Federer, though, has privileges with regard to the efforts. However, no stadiums fill as he does. "People want to see him play Center Court at the best time, at 7:30 at Rod Laver Arena," said Novak Djokovic, speaking in London. "And players like Julien (Benneteau) take advantage of what he did for the sport."
John Isner went even further: "For me, Roger highlights tennis. He deserves all he gets and much more." Little critically, Marin Cilic suggested that he had opposed to closing the ceiling of this year's Australian Open Final against Federer because of the heat .
The Federer is not almighty showed himself at Wimbledon, where he was banned for the quarterfinals against Kevin Anderson on the 1 – and immediately lost. It is understandable that he stands up for Laver Cup. Just like Benneteau, the designated Fed Cup captain in France, the official team competition is more important.