Big thanks to GTT reader, Judy, for passing along this interesting story.
Website SwissInfo.ch is reporting that Swiss Tennis officials are demanding answers from Roger Federer after Team Suisse was TKO’ed by Team Kazakhstan last weekend in Davis Cup. Switzerland, despite having two top tennis players living within its borders for reasons other than tax breaks, is relegated to the dreary zonal group next season.
Yes, this sounds all controversial and exciting – but remember, these people are Swiss. Via SwissInfo.ch:
“We need to have an answer [from Federer] – is he going to be part of the team or not?” René Stammbach, president of Swiss Tennis since 2006, told swissinfo.ch. “Any answer will be respected and accepted – but we want answers.”
We want answers Federer! It doesn’t actually matter what you say, but we want them NOW. . .or at your earliest convenience.
Stammbach has ordered team captain Severin Lüthi to talk to Federer and find out where he stands.
“At the end of the day it’s always going to be his decision – we don’t have a contract with him. We’re just depending on his good will. If he wants to defend the colours of the country, that’s up to him,” he said. “It’s not that we absolutely want to force him to say ‘yes’. We can’t expect that from him. But we would like to know what the goal is in his head – is it still to reach the semifinals or finals of the World Group or even win it?”
Read this before you get all mad at Stammbach for scolding Federer, albeit in a roundabout, neutral-ish, understanding kind of way:
“Don’t forget what he has done for tennis in general and tennis in Switzerland in particular – how can you be angry with a guy like that? No one else has done so much for tennis.”
Click here for more from SwissInfo.ch.
According to Swiss paper Tages Anzeiger, the same Stammbach believes that Federer will show up in a snazzy red and white track suit at some point in the near future. Excepting this year, Roger’s showed up for Davis Cup at least once per season since 1999. He’ll also be facing increased scrutiny, since ITF regulations dictate that he appear at least one more time before the 2012 games in London – though if anyone were to benefit from an Olympic loophole, it would be Roger.
I know what most of my fellow Roger fans think about the Davis Cup issue, but count me among the Davis Cup nags in this case. Roger, with the able backing of Stanislas Wawrinka, has the chance to do something that hasn’t been done in the 110 year history of the Cup – bring it home to Switzerland. And to get all GOATY about it, Rafa does have the career slam now. . .
I completely understand what Stammbach is saying: “We need to have an answer [from Federer] . . .we would like to know what the goal is in his head.”
Because we all know what happens when Roger puts on his Davis Cup Cap.