Originally Posted by Crisstti
AFAIK it's just a rumour.
He would have less money from sponsors, that's it. In a sport you don't actually need fans to succeed, like it's the case in other fields, like music for example. Even then, musicians don't owe fans a thing really. Fans buy records, go to concerts, because they enjoy it, for no other reason.
Anyway, someone who's great at a sport will always have some degree of fan support. And Nadal is fan friendly enough... he always signs autographs, what would you want from him?.
How about some eye contact? Maybe a hello? As much as I loathe ****, at least he chats with the fans and acknowledges their existence instead of staring at the ground totally silent.