Former World No.4 Anke Huber says having well-behaved athletes like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is good, but the game would get boring without outbursts of passion. Nadal and Federer have always been almost perfect role models and ambassadors of the game.
Although Huber likes it when a player shows passion and emotion, she admitted that Alexander Zverev went too far in Acapulco. "I was very emotional on court but I never projected that on the referee, only on myself, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors used to make it quite normal for the referee to be attacked," Huber told Eurosport Germany, as quoted in Tennis365.
"Later we had this phase with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who always behaved like sportsmen and in a very fair way, but if everyone looks straight ahead and does not peep, it becomes boring. I don't think emotions are bad, but they shouldn't be insulting and should stay within certain limits, if you get too much you don't have to push the boys away right away." During a doubles match in Acapulco, Zverev called the chair umpire an "idiot" and hit his racket against the umpire's chair several times after the loss.
Clarey reflects on Roger Federer
Roger Federer is one of the greatest players of all time. He is revered for his exploits on the court and the way he has conducted himself off the court. "I don't presume to know how he developed personally.
I'm not his friend, not a family member. An interview is an interview. Here he is very pleasant, very open. He hasn't changed at all in certain areas - even if he has become a billionaire in the meantime (laughs). He always asks questions.
My first conversation in 2001 was less of an interview and more of a conversation. And in 2019, the last time I spoke to him, it was the same," Clarey said. Clarey also spoke highly of the way Federer adapts to situations seamlessly as he has so many commitments to various people and yet he finds ways to conduct himself properly at all times.
"And a chameleon: It adapts to the situation it is in. With sponsors it goes one way, with his colleagues in the changing room the other, he jokes around. And towards journalists he is very thoughtful. His mother is South African, his father Swiss, he is just a very adaptable person," Clarey added.
Roger Federer has confirmed his participation at the 2022 Laver Cup, which is scheduled to take place towards the end of September.