While going about their business, preparing for the French Open, some players took time out to answer a poll conducted by ESPN about their fellow professionals under anonymity. The poll posed questions on a couple of interesting topics like the most underrated and overrated players, and about the chances of Roger Federer adding to his Grand Slams’ total.
Plus, there was also a question about the length of ban on Sharapova, who’s currently awaiting the verdict of her case involving Meldonium usage and whether the players themselves suspected their peers of fixing matches.
According to the players, world no. 12 David Ferrer is the most underrated player. The Spaniard got 19.4% of players’ votes, while the second player on the list was world no. 15 Dominic Thiem, who got 9.6% votes. Other players, who were voted as underrated included Angelique Kerber, Milos Raonic, Timea Bacsinszky, Garbine Muguruza, Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova, all of whom who got 6.5% of the vote share.
Far as the most overrated players were concerned, Grigor Dimitrov and Maria Sharapova got the maximum vote share – an identical 12.9%, while Caroline Wozniacki was also voted as overrated with a 9.7% voting share. Slightly above half of the players, around 51.6%, who were thus polled believed that Roger Federer could still win a slam.
Meanwhile 48.4% players felt that Federer’s total of Grand Slams had ended with 17. Meanwhile for about 32.2% players, Serena Williams, who’s just one shy of equalling Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slams didn’t seem to be invincible anymore.
At the same, about 67.7% votes showed that the feeling about American’s aura of invincibility hadn’t diminished at all. Nearly 64.5% players voted that Sharapova should receive a one-year ban for her usage of Meldonium, while a 29% vote share came in from those players wanting a ban of more than a year.
About 6.5% players however voted for the Russian receiving no punishment. With regard to the issue of match-fixing and using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), the opinion was widely divided. About 74.2% players voted that they had no suspicion on their rivals and opponents to have fixed matches to the 25.8% players, who voted affirming their knowledge.
Similarly, 77.4% players voted that they had no knowledge of their fellow professionals using PEDs to the 22.3% players, who voted as knowing about their peers using PEDs. Lastly, there was also a vote about the all-white rule applicable in Wimbledon and not surprisingly, about 58.1% players were against the regulation, while a decent 41.9% vote share came in the rule’s favour.