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Tennis is full of people who at the very least don’t like all aspects of the tour.  
 

Naomi Osaka for one hates the media side of it, Serena Williams got to the stage where she was only turning up for the Grand Slams but she was that far ahead of anybody else she could get away with it.  Other players notably Garbine Muguruza have tried it without Williams talent and got caught out, to the extent she appears to be disrespectful of her opponents and just plain irritable every time you see her play these days.

 

Kyrgios has openly stated he would rather play basketball than tennis, while Alexander Bublik has publicly stated he hates tennis and is only there for the money.

 

I think with tennis at least pushy parents play quite a big part in a lot of players early careers.  Even Raducanu hinted at the weekend that her father is a tough man to please.

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Quite a few sports require you to be seriously competing as a young kid if you want to turn pro; F1, swimming, gymnastics and tennis all seem to be “if you’re not dedicating all your spare time to travelling the country and competing seriously by about 6 or 7 it’s too late”, and I guess without a pushy parent that’s not likely to happen.

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50 minutes ago, MrPogo said:

Quite a few sports require you to be seriously competing as a young kid if you want to turn pro; F1, swimming, gymnastics and tennis all seem to be “if you’re not dedicating all your spare time to travelling the country and competing seriously by about 6 or 7 it’s too late”, and I guess without a pushy rich parent that’s not likely to happen.


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Eubank is a funny one. I know at times he said he didn’t like boxing much, but he cared enough to nearly kill himself in a few of his fights, like the Benn and Watson ones. Although he was never quite the same fighter after what happened to Michael Watson though. Became more of a boxer who would rather win on points than going for knockouts.

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10 minutes ago, Junker said:

This is slightly different but Nick Powell is an interesting one. He’s really good at football but says he’s not bothered about winning or promotion. So strange. 
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/nick-powell-man-utd-ferguson-18083673

 

He was bothered about his next pint more. Shame, because he was very, very good.

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3 hours ago, Gabe said:

What's the infamous defeat to Wolfsburg mentioned in the article about? 

 

Not the big deal that makes it sound like. He came on with United chasing the game. They didn't get the result and the sub was used to beat both him and van Gaal over the head with. He didn't have a terrible game or anything, and had he come on for a player other than Mata, it would have gone unnoticed.

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