Jelena Jankovic thinks Roger Federer should back off.
The former WTA Penthouse resident hit back on comments made by Fed last month saying a baller who hasn't won a Grand Slam shouldn't hold the top ranking:
Why should he even care? I don't like putting my nose in other's business.JJ also made reference to some the Swiss' comments about fellow Serb Novak Djokovic's mid-match retirement during his Aussie Open quarterfinal match:
I mean, one thing I like about Nadal is that he is such a great champion, he is so humble, always has kind words for everybody, he is a role model for everybody.
Federer is a great champion, I don't want to get in a fight with him but why does he care, I really don't understand.
Why does he need to do that?
I don't think it's nice to attack other players. If he retired, he probably had his reasons, he knows better. You cannot attack someone when you don't have proof, when you don't have a piece of evidence.You know, I'm all for any baller speaking their mind so kudos to both JJ and Fed for expressing how they feel. There are too many instances these days of top ballers spouting off generic media talking points or answering scripted questions *yawn* so it's refreshing to hear these statements, regardless of how you feel about the issues. Nothing wrong with a little spice to heat things up.
There is no reason to offend him that way.
Besides, what the hell would I blog about, right?
*looks inquisitively into distance*
UPDATE: Here's the quote in question. Fed was discussing Andy Murray's chances of becoming the top baller after falling to the Brit baller in Doha...
Things change very quickly. But I hope if [Andy] were to become No.1 he would win a slam - not like the women's side. No disrespect to Jelena Jankovic but it took Rafa five grand slams to become No.1.He says "no disrespect" but when you bring someone's name into the conversation, you're asking for trouble. Just sayin'.
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