Enough of this nonsense. Yes Roger Federer is now ranked #5. Yes that is the lowest he has been ranked this past decade. Stop trying to shove this down my throat. Or if you are going to be so pushy at least give due credit to both parts of the statement: He is #5 in the world but he has also been at the top 4 of the rankings for 10 whole years, consecutively.
Now think about the past 10 years of your life; see if you can pick out anything you’ve been good at that entire time. Now take it to an international level and make it not just something you’re good at but something you are great at, something that you were actually the best at for over 6 of those years. Do you have any talent or skill that compares to this? That makes you the King of the World? If so, then congratulations, you are truly one of the special people on this planet. If not, kindly eat humble pie and shut up.
Stop saying “Federer must retire”. What has qualified you to be the one to decide what he should do? Has he been taking valuable advice from you that have paved the way for his 17 Grand Slams? No? Perhaps you were the one who guided him towards his 302 weeks at #1? Nada on that too? So then why must he follow any instructions uttered by you? If he retired when you first told him to, back in 2008, he would have had only 12 Grand Slams. Clearly he has been wise to avoid your obnoxious ideas, no reason to start listening to you now.
I know there are some of you out there who will claim that as a fan you have that right to tell him what to do. You know what’s good for him because clearly he has no brain power of his own to figure it out. Without your shining beacon of totally unproven tennis knowledge, the Maestro would be a lost little lamb, right? Before that, why don’t you pause and think about the word ‘fan’. Here’s the definition:
1: an enthusiastic devotee (as of a sport or a performing art) usually as a spectator
2: an ardent admirer or enthusiast (as of a celebrity or a pursuit)
By demanding that he should retire you are neither an enthusiastic devotee nor an ardent admirer or enthusiast so you have no right as per the English language to call yourself one. There is an exception to this and that’s the Fair-weather Fan. If you add that disclaimer before spouting your ridiculous theories I may choose to look upon you as a fly and simply squash you with my Nike shoe rather than attempt to engage in discourse. Nonetheless I’ll throw some records at you anyway, because you’ve put me in that sort of a mood, so whether you like it or not, here they are:
- In the record for the Top 5 players with most weeks in the top 4 of the rankings, Federer is at 2nd place with 526 weeks (522 of them consecutive) behind Connors with 669 weeks. Lendl (510), Sampras (484) and McEnroe (413) round out the remaining 3 spots.
- Everyone knows by now that Roger holds the record for most number of weeks at #1 with 302 and that 237 of those weeks were consecutive, which is also a record. However, I bet you didn’t know he holds the record for most weeks in the top 2 as well. The Swiss has been ranked in the top 2 for a total of 418 weeks, 346 of which were consecutive (a record too of course).
- Roger has been in the top 3 for a total of 516 weeks, second to Connors with 595. Of those 516 weeks, 432 were consecutive, putting him behind Connors again with 507 weeks and Lendl with 497 consecutive weeks in the top 3.
But knowing you and your flair for drama, you have probably chosen to ignore these numbers. You feel that your gut instinct is much better at deciding Roger’s predicament than records and statistics. So what if there are hundreds of professionals who can’t and won’t ever play as well as he can? There are now not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 players who are ahead of him. So clearly in deference to them, he should never set foot on a tennis court again. But what if Roger wants to play tennis because he loves playing tennis? To which I know the reply will be “who cares what the man wants?” Indeed, just because he wants to play doesn’t mean he should be allowed to; or at least not unless he has begged you for permission.
Well, good luck with your campaign to stop the man from sullying tennis. But until you can prove that Roger knows or cares about your existence, please stop cluttering my google search results with your repetitive drivel and cease and desist with your pseudo tennis knowledge on my facebook newsfeed and twitter timeline. You are clogging up my cyberspace with your hogwash and ruining my writing mojo.
Those of you who read my blog regularly will know this isn’t my usual style of post. But while researching for a different post that is now stuck in ‘draft’ mode, google kept bombarding me with thousands of links on Roger’s demise. This deluge of negativity plus being slightly under the weather has brought out emotions of part anger and part disbelief at what’s being written out there, hence this semi mock outburst. However, I do feel much better after letting it out, so rest assured I will be back to my old self in the next post 😉