Roger Federer plays down favouritism comments

Paola Ditto
Novembre 14, 2018

Benneteau says Federer is often given preferential treatment.

"I know about the comments, yeah", Federer said. 'It was awesome, as I said before, to play out there and to play against the number one player in the world.

'The radio interview that happened over a week ago that surfaces now in French, Julien, who is a nice guy, I know him since the junior times, I think all of this has been totally taken out of context'. But, in some tournaments, there are big differences in the conditions.

Federer said he and his team occasionally make requests but that tournaments also ask him if he would mind playing on a particular court, at a particular time, often to suit the needs of television. I've had that problem for 20 years in the good way. It's all good. Sometimes I get help, sometimes I don't. I think there you have it.

'Yeah, sometimes they come ask, sometimes they don't.

"When he [Federer] promotes the Laver Cup, there are a number of conflicts of interest that have become disturbing", Benneteau said.

Craig Tiley, the chief executive of TA and tournament director of the Australian Open, and Gordon Smith, the chief executive and executive director of the USTA, are both listed as directors... "He is paid by Roger Federer's agent and on the back of that, as luck would have it, Federer played 12 of his 14 matches at 7.30 p.m".

In a statement Tuesday, Tiley said Federer was unique in tennis. "And Federer-Struff played at night". "He has been regularly voted Australia's favourite athlete". The fans demand his appearance in the big stadiums and our broadcasters naturally want his matches to be aired in prime time. But a lot of the facts are not right, just to be clear there, from what I heard'. "This is the case with all the big names in tennis, and in sport in general". But I asked to play Monday at the US Open.

Djokovic was diplomatic when asked for his thoughts on the subject after his victory over John Isner at the ATP Finals this week.

"In the end of the day, in a way he deserves the special treatment because he's six-time champion of Australian Open and arguably the best player ever", Djokovic told reporters.

'If Federer doesn't have it, who is going to have it?'

Sometimes they ask me, you know, Asia wants you to play at night.

"I get asked, 'Would you like to play Monday or Tuesday?' sometimes".

"In all fairness, I hope you understand why, because this is a bit of a celebration for tennis".

Isner said the top players sell the most tickets and deserve their reward.

"If anything, maybe they should get more special treatment because those guys, the top players, have made other players below them a lot of money", Isner said.

"It is like the Tiger Woods effect in golf". I'd rather put it to rest rather than adding to it so you guys got something to write about. And the seven governing bodies - namely the men's and women's tours, the four slams and the International Tennis Federation - tend to pull in different directions.

Federer plays his final round-robin match Thursday.

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