You know that ain't true. Just tell me one time when he made that kind of excuse, I mean, a truthful one. Anyway, smashing rackets or throwing them off are defenitely not an sportmanship example, and thus, normally players are given a warning due to that reason. This time that didn't ocurr.
Nope. He would have the same. Why? Because he is better than all of them combined, so he would have taken all their French in that era. And you would still be saying that he had no competition back then because he would have won it all, like in this era lol.