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Did Nadal Use Fake Injury To Psyche Out Fritz?

By Scoop Malinowski

Everybody knew Rafael Nadal was going to have his hands full with Taylor Fritz, who cruised through the Wimbledon draw to the quarterfinals without losing a set.

And when Nadal is in trouble on the court in the second week of a Grand Slam, he will do anything to win including using the smokescreen of a sudden new injury.

That’s just what happened today. Nadal lost the first set to Fritz 6-3 and then he promoted to the gallery and world watching that he had an abdominal injury. Nadal used a seven minute medical timeout and then won the second set 7-5.

It’s an interesting choice of injury for Nadal to use because Novak Djokovic also claimed to have an ab injury vs Fritz at the Australian Open a couple of years ago. Djokovic ended up beating Fritz in five sets and won the title that year.

So today, Nadal coincidentally has, or pretended to have, an ab injury and guess what? Nadal ended up winning today in five sets, 36 75 36 75 76.

Nadal, like Djokovic, was not hampered visibly by any ab injury and for the duration of the match pounded forehands, backhands and serves – I can’t recall one double fault in the fifth set – and moved well for a 36 year old with a crippled foot or formerly crippled foot just a couple of weeks ago as Nadal was promoting the narrative his career may be at the very end and he may never play another match. For a supposedly hurt guy to also be snarling on court after big points, like Nadal did, is additional evidence the injury was a hoax. I did not see Nadal wince in pain once in the fifth set. But I saw him snarl a few times.

So Fritz succumbed again to a superstar claiming injury, as so many zero Slam winners have in the past – Mayotte vs Becker at Wimbledon, Corretja vs Sampras at US Open, Halep vs Wozniacki at AO…

Nadal did not appear injured today in the fifth set, he looked more like a fading superstar all time legend who at 36, still believes and hopes and aspires to win more Grand Slams but he knows physically he is not improving so he needs to use Jedi mind tricks to help his cause.

It’s unfortunate for Fritz because he should be in his first Grand Slam semifinal. But it was a lesson learned today that he needs to become more ruthless and vicious and unafraid to slay a dragon like Nadal. He can’t let opponent’s injuries or faked injuries affect his intensity and performance by a fraction. Because this sport is all about fractional edges and inches.

Nadal advances to the semi where he will meet Nick Kyrgios, winner in three sets today vs Cristian Garin.

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  • Brian Kennedy · July 6, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Scoop you may be right but equally you
    may be totally wrong as your entire article
    is just speculation !
    Nobody will ever know whether your
    allegation is correct or not, but I think it is
    poor form to allege unsportsmanlike
    behaviour without any supporting facts !

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 6, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Brian, I’m going to stick with my article regardless of the consequences or criticism. Not one single professional player has ever confessed, “Yes I faked an injury to win a match.” But we know a great many players have faked injuries when losing to win matches. I have studied and watched and followed all of Rafa’s career and my conclusion is he’s the second best player of all time and the greatest injury faker in tennis history.

  • Cyndy · July 7, 2022 at 3:16 am

    I agree Scoop Malinowski! Fritz should have won that match… something happened after Nadal had that TMO… can’t understand how come the medical person didn’t do the rub-a-dub on his towel in front of his seat instead of disappearing off court to the rooms and then it was like he could suddenly run and move etc…. I mean if a person is in pain in the supposedly abdomen area it’s very difficult to play… just hope that Kyrgios will not be bothered by the so called abdominal and foot injuries and will play his A-game against Nadal even though he has his personal controversies but definitely not so called injuries …. Was it all rehearsed …hmmmm

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 7, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Cyndy, I actually believe Nadal completely faked it, as sort of a deja vu mind game on poor Fritz, a psychological reenactment of the Djokovic fake ab injury vs Fritz in AO. It worked for Djokovic then and Rafa cleverly used it again. Rafa knows the media and fans will all play along with his injury scams, excessively cheer for him like a big underdog and then Fritz gets lost mentally in the haze of the big deception. Rafa is a very smart, cunning, win at any cost competitor, he will do anything to win. The unnecessary trek to the locker room only adds to the drama and intrigue. Then when he returns to the court and plays, the crowd is whipped into a frenzy. It always works except that one AO final 2014 when Rafa lost the first set to Stan then faked an injury in the second set, left the court for ten minutes but Laver Arena booed him when he came back to the court! Rafa was devastated to be booed like that and completely unraveled. He could not play after that. Wawrinka won but Rafa ruined the match with the fake injury. That’s the only time I saw Rafa booed.

  • Bill McGill · July 7, 2022 at 11:26 am

    I think people are unduly skeptical of both Nadal and Djokovic injuries. They simply don’t appreciate how much anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant and compression treatments can mask the injury long enough for the player to get through the match and as a result they question whether the injury even exists.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 7, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Bill I think some tennis fans are unduly naive about how many times superstars who are losing in grand slams will suddenly fake an injury when losing and then turn the tables and win the match. It’s not just Nadal who does it, many others have too. Becker got Mayotte, Newcombe got Stan Smith at Wimbledon too, so many examples.

  • catherine · July 7, 2022 at 11:54 am

    I agree with Bill McGill – however…pointless argument.

    BTW- ‘deja vu’ doesn’t mean what you to think it does.

  • Bill McGill · July 7, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    I agree that all kinds of players use medical time outs to rest, slow an opponent’s momentum or just mentally refresh. But that’s quite different from Nadal basically declining to compete for half a set and then, after getting treatment, being able to play relatively normally.

  • catherine · July 7, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Nadal’s withdrawn. Don’t think that’s fake.

  • Harold · July 7, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Waiting to hear the conspiracy theories why Nadal pulled out of a final in a little tournament they call Wimbledon:

    Didn’t want to go through with a subconscious tank, because he’s afraid of Djoker in the final
    Keep the injury fake mental gamesmanship alive..
    Fake “ muscle tear” until they show Scoop the scan

  • Vik · July 7, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Scoop,
    What do you have to say about your commentary regarding fake injury now that Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon? Would you say this is also part of his great act?

    I am really looking forward to your response.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 7, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Nadal sure looked very good beating Fritz in the fifth set yesterday. Given Nadal’s history of dodging Novak on grass and hard court, I am going with the Nadal decision was based on not having the belief he could beat both Nick and Novak two matches in a row in the SF and F. This combined with the heavy criticism and outrage from the tennis world of his faking the ab injury yesterday and the two GS title cushion lead on Novak and Federer, all factored into the decision to withdraw. If the other semi was Sinner vs Norrie, I believe Rafa would have tried to play Nick. But with Novak looming ahead on grass, Rafa decided to pull the plug. That’s my honest interpretation of what happened today.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 7, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    Vik, I didn’t see any sign of any injury, Rafa played well vs Fritz and fought like a guy feeling 100 percent. All the shots were there, so was the movement, if he slowed up his serve a bit Fritz failed to take advantage. Just because he reduced he serve speed is not proof of injury. The proof of NO INJURY is how well he played, fought and competed in that fifth set, all the winners he hit and all the service winners he hit. Given Nadal’s extensive history of using MTOs and stall tactics when losing in Grand Slams, I totally believe yesterday was another Nadal scam. Fritz didn’t complain because he is in position to be installed as a future ATP superstar so no chance he takes any shots at Nadal or the establishment.

  • Matt Segel · July 7, 2022 at 6:21 pm

    LOVE the take!

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 7, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks Matt, maybe my explanation has silenced the skeptics and cynics who believe every word Nadal says about injuries. Thought there would be more discussion. Rafa is a strange bird, he apparently loves the battle but he does pick his spots sometimes dodging surfaces that don’t suit him as well. He could have waited another day to withdraw, who knows, maybe he magically heals by tomorrow like how he was on the practice court like two days after the crutches charade.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 7, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I watched Rafa press conference today. He said he felt his level vs Fritz was very good but today he feels he can’t win two more matches and the supposed injury got worse from the match (though no sign of any pain in fifth set). It contradicts what Rafa earlier said and did in Paris, put his foot at risk to win a tournament. No he won’t put the ab at risk to win the tournament which he said could put him out of action for months. Yet he took that risk in Paris with the foot and rib. Inconsistent behavior from Rafa. Inconsistent behavior is always suspicious. How does Rafa know the ab won’t have a miracle cure where his doctor can control and heal it like the foot? I still think he ducked Nick and Novak and used the ab as the escape hatch.

  • fannadal · July 7, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Scoop, you’re missing the best part of your science fiction novel. Check the photos from Rafa’s first round match (and second round, and third round, etc etc) and you’ll see tape on his abdomen. What you’re leaving out of your story is that Rafa planned all this before Wimbledon even started! His fake injury was faker than you think!!! Cue eerie spooky music.

    He worked his butt off in all those practices, he and his coach gave all sorts of interviews, he signed a million autographs and took a zillion selfies, and he lost a couple of sets just to keep his matches full of suspense. And you missed all of this cause it doesn’t fit with your Taylor Fritz conspiracy, or is it a Kyrgios conspiracy, or a Djokovic conspiracy? You’re so full of conspiracy stories I can’t keep them straight.

    I could explain them all away with the facts and the truth but it’s not worth my time to try to reason with a QAnon fanatic. Let’s see if you have the cojones to publish this post. I bet you don’t.

  • mark · July 8, 2022 at 12:03 am

    I am getting quite tired of all the discussion surrounding Nadal’s supposed injuries. I agree with your
    take that if Sinner had finished off Djokovic he wouldn’t have pulled out.And now he’s also getting criticism from Fognini about exaggerating his injuries, possibly motivated by the power play he pulled on his young compatriot Sonego.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 8, 2022 at 6:33 am

    Hey fannadal, why didn’t Rafa just have his doctor numb the ab and play Nick with the numbed ab like he played the whole french open with the allegedly numb foot?

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 8, 2022 at 6:35 am

    Mark, Fognini knows the truth and is not afraid to say it. Nadal is the greatest injury faker in the history of sports.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 8, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Questions I would have asked at the press conf:
    1 Why didn’t you have the ab numbed by your doctor’s injections?
    2 When exactly and how did this injury happen during Wimbledon?
    3 The foot injury is completely under control?
    4 You said you were able to control the ab injury in your first four matches at Wimbledon – how did you control it?
    5 Who will you be cheering for to win Wimbledon, Nick Novak or Norrie?

  • catherine · July 8, 2022 at 9:31 am

    Scoop I know this won’t change your mind one bit but it can be dangerous playing with numbed injuries. Nadal probably knows this.

    Nadal’s foot BTW is a condition, not an injury.

  • Harold · July 8, 2022 at 10:28 am


    You were there Scoop, your hero, pulled the greatest fake injury timeout of all time. 15 minutes.

    In the original thread you glossed over the fact Djoker pulled the fake injury on Fritz, too.
    Your hatred of Fed and Nadal blinds you to reason.

    Impossible to have a back and forth about reality here, you don’t accept anything at face value, other than your conspiracies.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 8, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Harold don’t be an imbecile. Yes I was at Novak’s fake injury time out vs Monfils at US Open 2005 but your forgot, Novak did two fake injury timeouts in the fifth set, not just one, he looked on the verge of death and then won the match. But Djokovic only rarely fakes injuries now, Nadal absolutely overdoes it, everybody knows it. I don’t hate Nadal or Federer, in fact I adored them both earlier in their careers but now I still adore them and what they have done in tennis and how they did it but I gotta be like Howard Cosell and tell it like it is. You seem to forget I said Novak’s hit ball at the lineswoman was I believe an act of rage for having blown triple set point vs Busta and then the break lead. He smashed the ball into the photo pit so he was in a rage. And he knew the lineswoman and ballkid were in the general area where he hit that ball. I believe he snapped in that split second of rage but he didn’t mean to hit her in the throat, just cause a commotion to try to distract Busta who was in control of that match. I don’t hate Novak to say this, just telling it like I see it. He snapped in that moment, as I have and many other good great and bad tennis players have. That’s tennis. Now if you want to continue to be an imbecile I’m going to have to ask security to throw you out to the sidewalk.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 8, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    Catherine, you believe every word Rafa says about his injuries or conditions? I believe none of it at this point. He looked very very good in the fifth set vs Fritz, so the tear or fictional tear was fine enough to produce that winning set and victory. Barty said she won Wimbledon with an ab tear. I think Rafa is full of baloney, he just didn’t want to lose badly to Novak or Nick. Just like Federer who ducked out of FO two years ago to avoid losing to Novak. If Novak was upset in the first week, no chance Federer withdraws. So it’s clear by now there is a very very good chance Fed and Rafa are ducking losing to Novak. Instead, they should be chomping at the bit to try to kick his a55 any chance they get. But it just is further proof, Novak is the greatest, he has totally psyched out Fed and Rafa on hard court and grass.

  • Sam · July 8, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    Scoop, I just heard the news. 😆

    As you know, I agree with you completely concerning Nadal’s so-called injuries. And I’m sure you’ve heard that even a couple of German orthopedists have said publicly that Nadal’s claimed injuries are incompatible with competitive sports. In other words, they’re calling fake. 🤥

    In addition, let’s not forget that Nadal said that there’s no way Djokovic could’ve won the 2021 Australian Open if he’d had a “real” injury, which means that Nadal obviously didn’t have a real injury in Paris either! 😏

    As you said, the real reason Nadal withdrew is almost certainly that he didn’t think he could win the tournament. 🤡

    Concerning the men’s final, Djokovic may well have his hands full. Hope the match is a good one! 😎

  • Sam · July 8, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    I believe none of it at this point. He looked very very good in the fifth set vs Fritz, so the tear or fictional tear was fine enough to produce that winning set and victory.

    Sadly, Scoop, it seems that only a small percentage of people ever really question anything. I mean, if the government says that mushrooms can fly, then it’s true. If a popular tennis player says that aliens stole his racket, then it’s true. 😊

    In this day and age we live in, it’s dangerous to be too trusting. As you’ve said, it’s fine—and in fact wise—to question just about everything. 🥸

    As Henrik Ibsen put it long ago: “Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population — the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it’s the fools, no matter where you go in this world, it’s the fools that form the overwhelming majority.”

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 8, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Sam, Yes Rafa said once “If you really really have an injury it’s impossible to win a tournament.” Too much double talk from Rafa. Agree, the fictional foot fraud in Paris fooled a lot of fools and so too did this ab scheme. Rafa is 36 now and slowing, you can see it. He knew Nick would have beaten him and if by miracle he stole that one, Novak would have slaughtered him in the final. If the two semis were Rafa vs Nick and Sinner vs Norrie, I can guarantee you Rafa’s ab would have been fit to play!

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 8, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Love that quote Sam! Ibsen is one of my favorites. Rafa even is saying he will be on the practice court next week. Wonder where the heroic hospital patient is going to play next?

  • Cheapredwhino · July 9, 2022 at 2:31 am

    I agree that there was something suspicious about this match, but everything I’ve read here focuses on Nadal. Did anyone else take a look at his opponent’s performance? We’ve all seen players before who, for whatever reason, have not tried very hard to win a match, but this is the first time I’ve seen a player who appeared to be actually trying not to win. In the second set, after his time-out, Nadal looked quite confused when his opponent seemed to back off and allow him back into it. Nadal even served at half-pace for a couple of sets, but his opponent just reciprocated by dumping his own serve.

    I confess I was totally baffled after the match – was it the most inept Grand Slam QF performance ever by Taylor Fritz? Or was he trying not to win? Or were both players trying not to win? Whatever, there was something very odd about this match!

  • catherine · July 9, 2022 at 3:21 am

    Scoop = the thing about conspiracy theories, apart from being extremely tedious and predictable, is that they always make a simple explanation complicated. Always.

    I’m inclined to the simple because most of the time that explanation turns out to be true.

    Barty’s injury wasn’t as serious as Nadal’s seems to be and she is much younger. All I know about Nadal’s injury is what he has told us, and I see no reason why he should lie. What does he get out of it ? Nothing. He’s going to retire before long, his wife’s having a baby, some things are more important.

  • Sam · July 9, 2022 at 5:10 am

    Sam, Yes Rafa said once “If you really really have an injury it’s impossible to win a tournament.”

    Scoop, you mean he’s said that at other times in the past too—not just at last year’s Australian Open?

    If the two semis were Rafa vs Nick and Sinner vs Norrie, I can guarantee you Rafa’s ab would have been fit to play!

    Exactly. Rafa Nadal? Make that Rafa Machiavelli. 🦹

    Wonder where the heroic hospital patient is going to play next?

    Any place he thinks he has a clear path to victory. 😊

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 9, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Cheapredwhino, yes it was a strange bizarre match in so many ways. Similar to the weird Federer Mannarino match a year ago at Wimbledon where Mannarino could have won but seemed afraid to do it and ultimately quit with injury. Fed and Rafa have been great for the sport but there time is done, looking forward to tennis without them. Too many players are afraid to beat them, too many players just defer to them. I miss the Rosol, Soderling no fear no respect mindsets.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 9, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Catherine, Nadal was six sets away from slam 3 of the CYGS. He beat Fritz and has a winning record vs Nick, why not just try to play? See how the first set goes and if it’s too bad then quit. Nadal had 24 more hours for his doctors to get the ab back under “control.” But instead he runs home and screws the tournament, fans, sponsors, TV, ticket buyers. Nadal owes it to the sport to try to play the match, these players are paid handsomely to play tennis. Millions of players would do anything to be able to play in a GS semifinal and Nadal just quits. I think it’s fear of Novak in the final and I’m not backing off that. Nadal and Federer both have a history of ducking Novak. Federer as recently as French Open when he quit to focus on preparing on grass. But you know if Novak lost first week, Fed would not have withdrew. It’s amazing cowardice and ducking happens in tennis and Novak’s greatness is the one causing it.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 9, 2022 at 7:38 am

    Sam I only know that he said it that one time in AO, but it’s one of his core beliefs so he probably said it other times I just don’t remember.

  • Sam · July 11, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Nadal had 24 more hours for his doctors to get the ab back under “control.” But instead he runs home and screws the tournament, fans, sponsors, TV, ticket buyers.

    Right. Actually, speaking of making the simple complicated, I think believing Nadal’s injury claims is doing just that! 😸

    1) Two German orthopedists have said that competitive sports and Nadal’s so-called condition and injury don’t jibe. So . . . these medical doctors are just idiots?? 🤪 Why should we not believe them?

    2) If Nadal said that you can’t win a major tournament with a real injury, then why shouldn’t we believe him? And doing so means that he was NOT injured or seriously impaired in Paris.

    3) It’s human nature for top athletes to want to protect their egos and promote the myth that, when healthy, they’re invincible. So, it makes perfect sense that Nadal would duck out if he saw no path to victory.

    4) In general, famous people make public statements to promote themselves and their own agendas. Therefore, to take everything these people say to the media at face value is extremely naive. 🐥

    So . . . I think the theory that Nadal is faking his conditions and/or injuries is the simpler interpretation of the information that we have. I mean, it just takes way too much mental gymnastics to swallow his dramatic injury claims, which he provides no actual medical evidence for. 🤔

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 11, 2022 at 6:57 am

    It became evident Nadal fakes injuries when he pulled that scam at the 2014 AO final after losing the first set to Stan and he went off court for ten minutes, then returned shirtless, but the Laver Arena crowd booed him and it shocked and devastated him. Rafa was humiliated. The crowd knew he was faking it and booed him. He crumbled like a crumb cake that match and could not play. That’s the only time he ever got called out for faking. He’s gotten away with it every other time. In a way Rafa is like a politician, he will scam and fake to stay on top and faking injuries are a part of his success. It’s not illegal or criminal.

  • Sam · July 11, 2022 at 3:41 pm

    The crowd knew he was faking it and booed him.

    Well, Scoop, obviously that crowd was just filled with conspiracy theorists. 😉

    In a way Rafa is like a politician, he will scam and fake to stay on top and faking injuries are a part of his success. It’s not illegal or criminal.

    Right, but it’s completely unethical. For instance, in school, it’s not illegal or criminal to cheat on a test or an assignment. But if your teacher ever finds out, it won’t be pretty. 😄

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 11, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Sam, Djokovic at one time was a notorious injury faker, just ask Andy roddick. But the heavy criticism and player mutiny lead by roddick, influenced novak to stop it. Rafa never stopped, when he’s on the ropes in a big match or feels threatened, he’ll play the injury card. Everybody knows it. No player has ever admitted he she faked an injury to win a match.

  • Cyndy · July 13, 2022 at 5:22 am

    If one were to look at all of Nadals post match on court victory interviews during the French open it was like he kept repeating it each time that his so called injury of his foot etc and how each match may be his last and not sure if he could play the next one and so on and so forth… in the end he lifted the French open trophy… and then he actually heads to Wimbledon as many would have thought otherwise after that numbing/anaesthetising of his foot it might not be possible to through the rigours at Wimbledon. So once there the taping on his abdomen in the rounds prior to his match with Fritz was like a standby tactic most likely. As in, if all else fails there’s still an option and he also knows most everyone would believe him since he was wittingly preparing for this depending on the path ahead for him as you mentioned Scoop Malinowski.. after that TMO in the Fritz match almost everyone though he may retire due to the strange movement and quality of the served… but it didn’t happen and Nadal just ploughed on to win that match! and then recently there are pictures of him on his yatch and jet ski although there was no tape etc etc on abdomen or foot… so still a hmmmm … just saying.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 14, 2022 at 7:21 am

    Cyndy. Nadal may have a career as an actor after tennis. His injury performances show potential to graduate to more versatile roles. I hope someday he writes a book about all his injuries and how they helped him win so many matches.

  • Cyndy · July 14, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Too hilarious Scoop Malinowski!! Or maybe a role as a tennis commentator ….

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 15, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    When Nadal talks tennis about other players, he sounds scripted, he’s not very interesting talking tennis. Certain great players suffer from resorting to using too many cliches – Connors, Wozniacki, Annacone, etc. My favorites are Arias, McEnroe, Gilbert, Cahill, Stolle, Drysdale, Hewitt, Agassi. Also lost interest in what Federer has to say now. Doesn’t seem authentic.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 15, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    John McEnroe:“The way that all played out (in AUS) was just horrible, so I respect Novak even more that he has overcome these things. He has to be the most mentally tough player I’ve ever seen on a tennis court.

  • Cyndy · July 16, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Scoop Malinowski, that bit about Nadal taking on the role of tennis commentator was in jest! It would probably start like ‘hello everybody… I’m sorry I am unable to give you exact answer…. But there is hopefully Hawkeye, no’… (on a ball if it clipped the line or not!!)
    Yes I feel that McEnroe was very fair as well as supportive in his comments on Djokovic specifically on the Australian saga that unfortunately happened this year. He had absolutely no support from his two closest rivals in particular choosing to be silent.. amazing that Djokovic was able to overcome the huge magnitude of mental and emotional aspects of that incident and moving forward played great in Dubai, Monte Carlo, Paris, Rome and ultimately defending his Wimbledon title… all kudos to him on his achievements after the AusOpen. For any human being to do that is highly commendable and deserves a whole lot of praise and respect. Hopefully it will strike a chord with more people on reading McEnroe’s comments on Djokovic.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 16, 2022 at 1:16 pm

    Cyndy, McEnroe and the character of Novak are awakening the brainwashed masses to realize, Hey this guy is a good guy, the media is lying. In all sports there is a code that the players stick together like a fraternity, everyone else are outsiders. Federer and Nadal have obviously decided to backstab Novak, or turn their back on him, however you want to put it they and the establishment betrayed Novak. It’s an unprecedented situation. If Federer and Nadal possessed true sportsman qualities they would be publicly supporting Djokovic’s right to play US Open instead of staying silent. I believe Novak is trying to bury the hatchet with Federer by considering to play Laver Cup.

  • Cyndy · July 17, 2022 at 3:09 am

    So totally agree with you Scoop Malinowski! This vaccine stance taken by most countries that one can’t enter unless one has taken that jab, should be over and done with anyway and shouldn’t be used against an individual wanting to enter a country. After all it’s been already two and a half years since it started and life should go on as normal as people are more mindful of taking necessary precautions and responsibilities around general hygiene pertaining to the virus in question. Ah well fingers crossed for the USOpen next!

  • Cyndy · July 17, 2022 at 6:05 am

    So totally agree with you Scoop Malinowski!
    Ah well fingers crossed for the USOpen next!

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 17, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Cyndy, if the media never said the word virus once in the last two and a half years nobody would ever know about it. Full time non stop 247 media promotion is a very powerful tool. Not sure any govt really cares about the health of it’s people, big pharma is in it for the profits. Novak is a very dangerous threat to the establishment. His passive defiance can be the turning point inspiration that brings the whole house of cards down.

  • Cyndy · July 17, 2022 at 7:31 am

    So totally agree with you Scoop Malinowski! Fingers crossed for USOpen next:)!

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