Nadal: "Sometimes people from some countries don’t understand tennis"

Nadal15thslam

Hall of Fame
"Sometimes people from some countries, they probably don’t understand how the tennis goes. They think it’s about football. Atmosphere in tennis is different. At some point, the respect with small part of the crowd have not been there.”
What do you all think about what he said? Do you agree?
 

skaj

Hall of Fame
"Sometimes people from some countries, they probably don’t understand how the tennis goes. They think it’s about football. Atmosphere in tennis is different. At some point, the respect with small part of the crowd have not been there.”
What do you all think about what he said? Do you agree?
Yes, and the same happens in Wimbledon when Federer plays Djokovic in the finals. The situation is not much better at the US Open, in general.
 

onyxrose81

Hall of Fame
The only match I thought was a bit too rowdy was Nole/Shaps. The others were just loud but not over the top enough to cause all the ********. Australia has a big Serbian diaspora and they came out for Nole. There’s not a peep when it’s Nadal in Madrid or Fed...everywhere. Novak gets tremendous support one place, one time and its clutching of the pearls.
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Keep in mind that he is not the first to say this, Shapovalov was the first to complain about the serbian fans.
Even Djokovic had to shush them during the doubles match with France!

Still, it does seem a tad ironic that Nadal should be complaining about lack of fan support when playing against a guy who knows all too well what it's like to play against a hostile crowd! :cool:
 

Hitman

Hall of Fame
Even Djokovic had to shush them during the doubles match with France!

Still, it does seem a tad ironic that Nadal should be complaining about lack of fan support when playing against a guy who knows all too well what it's like to play against a hostile crowd! :cool:
Look at the situations that Djokovic has had to deal with in the past. Fedal are the darlings of the crowd, so probably was a bit of a rude awakening in a way.
 

beard

Hall of Fame
Even Djokovic had to shush them during the doubles match with France!

Still, it does seem a tad ironic that Nadal should be complaining about lack of fan support when playing against a guy who knows all too well what it's like to play against a hostile crowd! :cool:
Its not prove that crowd was that bad, but evidence of Novak being fair... Would like Fed sometimes to shush his lunatic crowd...
 

Doctor/Lawyer Red Devil

Talk Tennis Guru
How often do they deal with crowd hostility where their errors get more applause than their good shots? Easy to be cool when you are everyone's darling around the world. Let's see Fed and Nadal deal with less comfortable situations more often. THEN we can talk about their coolness.
Well well well, it's like I knew this was coming... :giggle:

Nadal was annoyed today. Fed wasn't in the greatest mood himself in Cincy a couple of years back.

Keep being so ice cold while facing hostility, Fedal. You show Novak how it's done LMAO.
 

Clay lover

Hall of Fame
Hmmmm... let's just say if we are just judging the validity of Nadal's statement he's not wrong. Commenting on how self-serving he is and how crowds at other places can be worse doesn't change the fact that tennis is different from football and that crowds should be respectful.

Resorting to whataboutism and relatvism when commenting on the absolute rightness or wrongness of something is a classic logical fallacy.

This is not to say that Nadal is a saint, in fact, he is quite the contrary. But if you merely asked me whether I agreed with him, I would say yes. Some crowds aren't respectful in general, including a small amount in that match.
 
Last edited:

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
Keep in mind that he is not the first to say this, Shapovalov was the first to complain about the serbian fans.
Since Djokovic so little fan appreciation or support, why shouldn't he have one event where the crowd is for him? Djokovic has endured brutally pro-Fed crowds everywhere he plays, especially the USO and the YEC. Nadal has most of the fan support when he plays Novak 90% of the time, what's the problem when Nole gets crowd love for once? Seriously.
 

Nadal15thslam

Hall of Fame
Since Djokovic so little fan appreciation or support, why shouldn't he have one event where the crowd is for him? Djokovic has endured brutally pro-Fed crowds everywhere he plays, especially the USO and the YEC. Nadal has most of the fan support when he plays Novak 90% of the time, what's the problem when Nole gets crowd love for once? Seriously.
There's a difference between crowd support and being hostile to your favourite player's opponent. If you cheer loudly for Nole, that's one thing. If you cheer and clap Rafa's missed serves, errors or shout when he is about to serve - that is not okay.
 

vex

Hall of Fame
The only match I thought was a bit too rowdy was Nole/Shaps. The others were just loud but not over the top enough to cause all the ********. Australia has a big Serbian diaspora and they came out for Nole. There’s not a peep when it’s Nadal in Madrid or Fed...everywhere. Novak gets tremendous support one place, one time and its clutching of the pearls.
I literally can’t remember seeing a match where Novak got Fed level crowd support before. This literally might have been Novak’s all time high for crowd support.... and Nadal cries about it... Jesus dude
 
R

Robert Baratheon

Guest
I think what he said is factually correct.
And that alone is enough information for us to not devour his statement and call him a hypocrite just coz Madrid does the same(which I am not sure they do as much as Serbians/Argentines/New Yorkers do).

As far as we know he has never endorsed what they do.

Having said that, there might be some scope for finger pointing at Nadal depending on the context of the situation where he said it.
It depends on the question the journalist asked him.
If he gave it as an excuse then that's definitely in the finger pointing territory.
 

Nadal15thslam

Hall of Fame
Can’t lie. I like Rafa, love the way he plays when the balls in play. But he says the dumbest shiit sometimes, lets be real. It’s HILARIOUS for Rafa to complain about crowd support/behavior in favor of Djokovic. Like, what world is he living in?
It's not about the support. It's the disrespect for the opponent that bothers him.
 

vex

Hall of Fame
It's not about the support. It's the disrespect for the opponent that bothers him.
That happens to Rafa opponents all the time. Quadruplly so for Fed’s opponents. 1 time Rafa feels the heat in a match that doesn’t even matter really. Meanwhile Djokovic, multiple times, has had to fight thousands to beat Fed in the biggest slam matches
 

vex

Hall of Fame
Since Djokovic so little fan appreciation or support, why shouldn't he have one event where the crowd is for him? Djokovic has endured brutally pro-Fed crowds everywhere he plays, especially the USO and the YEC. Nadal has most of the fan support when he plays Novak 90% of the time, what's the problem when Nole gets crowd love for once? Seriously.
I straight up can’t recall an event where the crowd favored Djoker over Rafa. Forget about Fed, good lord, that dude is treated like Jesus (he’s earned it)
 

Nadal15thslam

Hall of Fame
The question was: "You seemed quite aggravated and talked to the umpire about the crowd. Do you feel the crowd was fair?"
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
I think all players, not just Nadal, should get more used to crowds being enthusiastic. Tennis shouldn't be so different from other sports and sometimes it isn't (i.e DC and now ATP Cup when countries are involved and not just singular players). Maybe a long time ago when you were just expected to sit on your hands and clap politely during tennis matches this statement from Nadal had some merit, but we've seen too many instances in the Big 3 era where that doesn't happen because the Big 3 have created such passionate followings.

In other sports like American football, delay of game penalties are given when the away team doesn't snap the ball in time because the center literally cannot hear the QB calling for him to snap the ball because it's so loud. In the NHL goalies are jeered and chanted at when they let in a bad goal. It happens all the time, and tennis isn't immune, at least not anymore. It's time that tennis players realized this.

All that said, I still don't condone out of control crowds ala USO 2015, or idiots who shout out during a service motion.
 
Keep in mind that he is not the first to say this, Shapovalov was the first to complain about the serbian fans.
Shapo was in the right to complain, as there were horns and loud whistles going off right as he tossed the ball up during serve. Can't say the same about Rafa, sure the crowd was loud, but it was inbetween points and not during the point
 
The only match I thought was a bit too rowdy was Nole/Shaps. The others were just loud but not over the top enough to cause all the ********. Australia has a big Serbian diaspora and they came out for Nole. There’s not a peep when it’s Nadal in Madrid or Fed...everywhere. Novak gets tremendous support one place, one time and its clutching of the pearls.
Just wrong. The Madrid crowd has been called out for their rowdiness with Nadal for a long time. And biased Federer fan crowd have also been called out at numerous occasions, especially by Djokovic fans. You should go read YouTube comment sections under recent Djokovic Vs. Federer slams finals..
 

Mainad

Bionic Poster
Just wrong. The Madrid crowd has been called out for their rowdiness with Nadal for a long time. And biased Federer fan crowd have also been called out at numerous occasions, especially by Djokovic fans. You should go read YouTube comment sections under recent Djokovic Vs. Federer slams finals..
Reminds me of the hostile crowd at the 2013 Madrid 2nd round meeting between Djokovic and Dimitrov. Djokovic lost that match and was so p1ssed off at the crowd's behaviour towards him that he refused to play Madrid for the next 2 years!
 
Last edited:

Enga

Hall of Fame
Well, aside from whatever happened in their match, yeah tennis is different. It's two people alone on the court, no coaching, nothing except themselves. So a bit of courtesy goes a long way. And a bit of brashness goes a long way too, depending on your preferred outcome.
 

Lew II

Legend
Djokovic has the crowd against him 90% of times and Nadal complains? o_O

And judging by how Nole performs in Australia, Asia, in Rome and in Davis Cup, he likes a lot to be supported.
 

KineticChain

Hall of Fame
its no secret to the stadium management that nadal is a pyromaniac, frequently setting stadiums on fire after he looses in them. they employ a fire department crew to douse the flames after each nadal match



so we should ask ourselfs, where was the nadal during these australian fires

thanks for reading
 
Look at the situations that Djokovic has had to deal with in the past. Fedal are the darlings of the crowd, so probably was a bit of a rude awakening in a way.
No surprise at all that most fans prefer Federer and Nadal to Novak Djokovic. The man’s a bloody disgrace.
 

rUDin 21

Semi-Pro
No not like this. It was more like DC crowd. Especially Serbs from Australia, they tend to be more patriotic than ppl in Serbia.
Yes, I remember seeing Nadal annoyed already on the first changeover.Still that RG 16 crowd was on Novak's side, was surprised by that.
 
Top