Entering next week’s Davis Cup final against Russia, American Andy Roddick has launched an attack on the ATP’s handling of Nikolay Davydenko coming under suspicion for “not trying” in tournament matches, and Roddick being fined by the ATP for missing a Masters Series tournament.
“So I have a little bit of a problem that has been bothering me,” wrote Roddick on his website. “so during my match in Lyon I was feeling the effects of a previous injury a bit and also tweaked my right ankle a bit…I pulled out of Paris knowing that I needed to get back to heal and spend the next eight days putting a bunch of work into leg fitness training in Austin to make sure i was healthy for Shanghai and Davis Cup…I felt like I was getting some of these annoying injuries because I had not had a window to really work on my fitness…anyways, I got fined 20 grand for not going to Paris. In order to avoid the fine I would have had to stay in France for 4 or 5 days to fulfill media obligations for the tourney. To stay there for an extra 4 days when I only had a ten day window to train/recover did not seem like the right thing to do before Shanghai…I thought it was a smarter play to be at home with my doctors and trainers preparing to make sure I was healthy for masters which by the way is an ATP run event…so I get fined 20 large which is a flawed system but I have gotten used to it…fine…put it on my tab…I read 3 days later that Nikolay Davydenko has been fined 2 grand for not trying in a match…I AM NOT here to say he did or did not try in that match…I didn’t see it…just heard about it…the thing that got me was the 2 grand fine…in essence they are setting the precedent that preparing and getting healthy for their year end event is worth a 20 grand fine, but tanking (again I have no opinion on guilt or innocence here) only warrants 2 grand…taking care of injuries and health to be prepared for their event= 20 grand…not trying= 2 grand…anyone else see a problem with this??”
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