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Has Excuse Making Become A Sophisticated Scam?

Mono after a major loss. Stellar, unbeatable play after a ten minute (phanton) knee injury timeout. The balls are too light or heavy. Failure to trust the process. Oh my aching back. Oh my aching knee. Oh my aching shoulder…

In tennis you hear it all. Losing players have to have reasons or excuses for a loss. The losing player rarely admits he was inferior physically or mentally. Especially the players with the biggest egos.

When elite players use excuses to explain away a heartbreaking loss, the public and media tend to buy the excuse at face value. The TV announcers know they have to play along with an elite player’s excuses. If the TV announcer contradicts or questions the elite player’s injury or excuse, for sure that player will about it hear from – an entourage member or some other source – and hold a grudge on the TV announcer.

I’ve heard it said, “the players hear everything…”

The elite players hold all the power and naturally they use it to their advantage. Who wouldn’t?

One former elite player spilled the beans on how and why top professionals have a motive to deceive the public with scam excuses.

“Professional tennis players, and I guess it goes for a lot of sportsmen, sort of cocoon themselves with excuses, lies, fabrications to protect their egos. Lleyton (Hewitt) doesn’t make excuses…”

Just how many injuries of top players after or during a heartbreaking loss are actually fabricated is a matter of debate which will never be settled. Many people believe everything they see and hear. Doctor’s diagnoses can be bought.

However, based on the blunt revelation by this former elite player, just about every injury, cramp or medical timeout exhibited by an elite pro player has to be looked at with some degree of doubt or suspicion.

Because now we have learned an inner circle secret of the pro tennis world – it’s an inherent, instinctive survival mechanism for a top elite pro tennis player to “cocoon themselves with excuses, lies and fabrications to protect their egos.”

(Note: I discovered this quote by random chance watching an interview feature about a Grand Slam champion and former world no. 1 player.)

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  • Sam · November 9, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Wow–thanks for the exposé. Fake it ’til ya make it!! 😉

  • Sam · November 9, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Oh, one more thing—this is another reason to doubt Federer’s “surgery” from earlier this year. 😉 Maybe he had one, maybe he didn’t. Frankly, I’m skeptical.

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 10, 2020 at 7:00 am

    Sam, when Federer showed that video of him hitting on the wall in the snow and wet ground shortly after the supposed surgery I knew then it was a smokescreen. No way in the world someone with knee surgery goofs around hitting like that in snowy icy conditions. Just no way hed be that foolish or reckless.

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 10, 2020 at 7:01 am

    Let’s see the scar.

  • Sam · November 10, 2020 at 11:57 am

    Scoop, what you’re saying definitely makes sense. Any idea what he’s really up to? 😛

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 10, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Sam, my opinion is Federer lost to Djokovic 76 63 64 in the 2019 AO semi, did not show any signs of any knee injury during the match, the announcement of the supposed injury came after the loss. He played a great match but that’s not enough to beat Djokovic in a major in AO or Wimbledon, he has to play better than perfect to beat Djokovic. So the best way to diminish the loss and discredit the win by Djokovic is to claim there was an injury, even though we didn’t see any evidence. The message is clear: Roger is saying he would have won the match if his knee was fine. It’s a desperate move to get in Djokovic’s head and annoy him but Djokovic is too smart to fall for it. My opinion is Djokovic knows exactly what Federer is trying to pull and he won’t be fooled or bluffed or deceived. Federer is at the end and so it’s logical that he will play any kind of mind game card possible to try and regain the mental edge on his most formidable rival.

  • Jon King · November 10, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Scoop, hope you are doing well. This post cracked me up because we are deeply involved with junior tennis and it starts there. With Universal Tennis Rating taking over juniors, it has accelerated a ton. Higher ranked players lose ranking for every game they lose to a lower ranked player. So there are now a lot of withdrawals when losing during the match, and the excuses are comical. Never seen so many 15 year olds go from sprinting around the court to limping 2 games later in my life!! The parents are also great at excuses when discussing why jr lost to this one or that one.

  • Sam · November 11, 2020 at 6:31 am


    Thanks for the explanation—what you’re saying makes sense. But why would Federer duck out of a huge chunk of the season like that? Do you think he just wanted to have all the preparation time possible for Wimbledon?

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 11, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Sam. Yes to win Wimbledon is the top priority of Federer. Next he will try AO and hope for a miracle.

  • Scoop Malinowski · November 11, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Jon, thank you, doing fine here and hope for you too. I have heard UTR is ruining junior tennis. Junior excuse making can be intriguing and humorous, it has to be super tough on young kids to deal with all that pressure. It’s amazing how teen girls like Pierce and Seles were able to survive and prevail with all that pressure of being the family money earner. Tennis can drive some kids and even adults crazy.

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