TWO reasons for Federer’s arrogance when ‘ordering’ Hawk-Eye challenge.
Posted by tennisplanet on February 19, 2010
For rock people, most players do this when ‘requesting’ the challenge: They look umpire in the eye, raise a finger and nod – sometimes uttering ‘challenge’.
Federer not only makes no eye contact, rarely raises a finger but blurts out ‘CHALLENGE’ like he is talking to his wife, Wawrinka or a slave. Why? Could it be:
1. Federer is the only player on the tour today who still opposes the very existence of Hawk-Eye. He rejected it from the get go. That position conflicts mightily (a voice inside him says ‘Hey, why are you using it now, you moron?) every time he challenges forcing that defensive and arrogant body language.
2. If that wasn’t enough, his miserable record on the challenges (he is THE worst on the tour), evokes that ‘I don’t give a damn’ response in preparation of accepting another setback only to validate his poor decision making.