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Fake News Injuries Rampant at AO?

The emotion after a hard fought triumph in the final.

“If you can bluff ’em you can beat em,” said the boxing great Bernard Hopkins, a verbal nugget of wisdom that I will never forget.

Boxing champions employ fake injury trickery in boxing, so why not the other one-on-one sport, tennis?

You may think Rafael Nadal’s back is really hurting him, even though he’s cruising through the draw without any hint of pain or discomfort.

You may think Novak Djokovic really did hurt his abdomen in the third set vs. Taylor Fritz, even if both Fritz and ESPN’s Chrissie Evert questioned the authenticity of the supposed ailment.

“If he had really been injured he wouldn’t have kept playing,” said the unconvinced Fritz.

“He’s limping more between points,” observed the Hall of Fame legend Evert on the ESPN telecast.

The players have the power today. The players know the media will broadcast whatever they say, seldom with any question or critical analysis. That’s an opportunity to take advantage of. The media is a very powerful tool.

Nobody in the media dared criticize Caroline Wozniacki when she called an injury time out in her AO final vs Simona Halep in the third set and then won every game after the play stoppage, resulting in her first and only Grand Slam singles title.

This incident showed how valuable and important faking an injury and using a timeout can be. It literally may have been the deciding factor which determined the winner of a Grand Slam singles title.

John McEnroe said it best: “It’s been scientifically proven that everything hurts more when you’re losing.”

Another former ATP champion said “most injuries are fabricated by players to protect their ego.”

Which player controls the court, contols the game, controls the tempo of a match, controls when the match is played. An tactical fake injury time out can change the entire direction and momentum of a match. That’s a lot of power. So the incentive is there to fake a hoax injury.

Pre-planned faked injuries also provide the losing player with a built in excuse for failure. Thus his image, status and ego are less damaged by a heartbreaking loss. Tennis fans so fully trust the media messages they get, they believe almost everything they are told. “My television set would never lie to me,” thinks Joe Sixpack.

Critical thinking and the question everything mindset are not taught in schools or encouraged by the powers that be, but conformity and follow the herd mentality certainly are. We must believe what we are taught and told.

Is it possible fake news media manipulation is running rampant in the sport of tennis? I’ll let you be the judge to think critically and question everything. You are free to do that here at www.tennis-prose.com

There are no freedom of speech or freedom of thought restrictions here. Please incorporate this attitude to your life also.

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2 comments

  • Sam · February 14, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    “Critical thinking and the question everything mindset are not taught in schools or encouraged by the powers that be, but conformity and follow the herd mentality certainly are. We must believe what we are taught and told.”

    Right, because sheeple are so much easier to CONTROL. 😝

    “Is it possible fake news media manipulation is running rampant in the sport of tennis?”

    Of course. But it sounds like it’s mostly the *players* doing the “fake news” this time rather than the crooked media. I haven’t read anything about the Djokovic-Raonic match other than the scoreline, but judging by that, it seems Djokovic’s injury probably wasn’t all that bad. 😉

    “I’ll let you be the judge to think critically and question everything.”

    Nowadays, you simply have to. It’s more WORK to question everything, of course, but in the long run you’ll be waaaaaaay better off.

    And if people around you don’t like you questioning things, avoid those people as much as possible.

  • Scoop Malinowski · February 14, 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Some gospel in those words. Nadal and Djokovic are both allegedly hurt but rampaging through the draw. Maybe if they reach the final they will play in wheelchairs )

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