Tennis players smoke. Professional tennis players, top Five players currently ranked among the best in the world. Not most, but some, and we sort of already knew it. No one talk though in the silent world of tennis, where flaws are secrets and secrets have to be kept.
Not always though. Recently on the website Sports.ru an article made on David Ferrer, where the Spaniard was called a workaholic led to an interview and commentary from Ekaterina Bychkova, which turned out to make public what for some years were just locker-room whispers.
Unhappy with journalists and with media in general, in their lazy repetition of questions the former Top 100 WTA player spoke her mind to make clear her point, running in David's defense. "It is absurd to have a 32-year-old Top Five player called that way.
It's true that maybe players like Djokovic, Federer, Nadal and Murray are above him and have been above him for years now. But for someone who smokes a pack of cigarettes per day... Ops, maybe I shouldn't say that, not many know.
All we know is the regular questions you all ask on players and their performances, on how they won matches, what their goals are and what they plan to do for the next upcoming matches. People who work in this world don't really want to know things.
I think there is a flaw in the system anyways in sports. Everyone knows the usual four or five well known names and players, and no one knows about the rest" said Ekaterina. Speaking of the "smoking" issue, Bychkova confirmed: "It's true, a lot of tennis players smoke. Maybe in the years the percentage has decreased, but in the past it was much more common.Whether you believe it or not, it is a well known thing.
In general, a lot of ATP players do smoke, some WTA players too, but a lot less. In the previous generation of French players almost all smoked, now the percentage has cut short a half". ALSO READ What if Federer had opted for aggressive tennis before