Photo via Andy Murray's Facebook Page
Another eventful day at the O2 as Group A wrapped up their round robin matches but there was plenty happening off-court as well.
The name Bernard Tomic came up during the Novak Djokovic press conference and the world No1 had a thing or two to say about the young Australian’s ongoing shenanigans – that include run-ins with the traffic police, court cases and tanking allegations – saying Tomic should try to focus more on his game.
“I’ve seen what he has been doing,” Djokovic said with a sarcastic smile. “It’s definitely not the right thing for him at this moment, at this stage of his career. He needs to try to find a way to focus on tennis if he wants to become one of the best players in the world. I honestly think, and he has proven, that he has the ability and quality, he has a great talent. That’s not everything that is necessary for somebody to play this game on the top level.” Advantage, Nole!
Meanwhile, Tomas Berdych directed a snide comment to the Spaniards in the build-up to their looming Davis Cup final in Prague when a journalist told him some Spaniards were concerned that the surface of the court is too fast. Berdych responded defensively saying: “Probably the Spanish don’t know there are some rules that you cannot make the surface actually as fast as you want. That’s the rule of the speed of the court. So the court is going to be (within) the rules.” Well I’m sure now they know, Tomas.
On court, retired former world No1 Juan Carlos Ferrero received a special recognition ceremony from the ATP which saw Spaniards Marc Lopez, Marcel Granollers, David Ferrer, Alex Corretja, Nicolas Almagro, along with Djokovic join him on court to honour the 2003 French Open champion. The screens all around the O2 showed tribute messages to Ferrero, saying: “Thanks for the memories”. Ferrero said becoming world No1, winning the Davis Cup and the French Open were his best memories and that Lleyton Hewitt was his toughest rival.
Meanwhile, ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel made an appearance at the O2 supporting his fellow Dane Frederik Nielsen, who lost his doubles match with Jonny Marray last night. Long-time tennis fan Kevin Spacey showed up for Andy Murray’s night match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, so did Fabrice Muamba.