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I don't know what you mean by mama's boy but I'll leave to you to decide. But, yes, there has been too much too fast. I have really disagreed with that for the longest time, but now I feel it might be true. Too much happening to a young kid who's just learning his craft. Are they pushing him too hard? I don't know. But this is what I see. He seems to be a level-headed, nice young fellow. All the announcers say the same thing; that he's very well liked among the other players and he's extremely easy going off court. They also say he's a very hard worker. As a teenager he's also got what I call "raging hormone syndrome". He's still growing physically and psychologically. I know there have been a few teens who've achieved spectacularly in the past. But, they are few and far between. I don't really expect much of Denis for another two to three years. Then, I think we'll see his potential unfold.I haven't had a chance to watch Shapo's match today, but his attitude was not that great yesterday. He argued with the ref.
I think Denis is a mama's boy and I think his extensive travel and PR 'commitments' are starting to weigh on him. Too much. Too fast. He needs to regroup. LIfe isn't a rush, even if people are pushing you. (That's not to say his team is pushing him. I think it's the ATP. The crowd love Shapo and they want to capitalize on it...fast.)
And now, the expectations are for him to WIN!!!
Denis, take a step back. There's a long career ahead. Don't let them push you.
If you read that brief article by Rod Laver, that I posted on this thread, he says it all very nicely. Let's not expect too much of him too soon. He hasn't exactly been doing that much PR, no commercials except for BioSteel and pretty light on articles and other media. But, the ATP is hyping him a lot and I think they need to ease down. He'll get there in his own time. Today wasn't a good day but there is always tomorrow.