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Different [Jul. 15th, 2019|09:56 am]
Tony Grist
We were watching Federer walk out onto Centre Court yesterday- and someone had just reminded us how he flies everywhere in his own private jet and how his winnings from sport are only a fraction of what he gets from commercial endorsements and all that sort of thing- and for a moment I had a sense of him moving- almost floating- within a wonderful, cushiony bubble of wealth- able to buy anything he wants and never even having to ask the price- and I wondered what that feels like and if- having lived within that bubble for years- he even knows it's there?

One thing it can't do is win him tennis matches, of course...

"The rich are different" That's Fitzgerald, isn't it? Some of them wear their money with grace- and others live in fear. How unpleasant it must be to feel you can only go out if you have bodyguards walking in step with you, protecting the wall of your bubble from the world- or do you simply stop noticing that the bodyguard thing is not the norm?

I suppose that great wealth- like war- is something you can only really understand if you've lived it.

I should try it sometime...

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2019-07-15 11:12 am (UTC)
I would say, one way it's a question if one already grew up in that bubble and never got to know anything else in the first place.
Another it's - how long has one already subsisted in this bubble, so that he doesn't remember a different mirocosm?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-15 11:43 am (UTC)
Yes. There must be a difference between those who are born into wealth and those who have made their own money- though the two groups do hang out together.

It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall when, for example, Elton John hob-nobs with the British Royals.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-07-15 01:12 pm (UTC)
There are very few tennis players that didn't grow up in rather cushy circumstances - the Williams sisters did not. I knew Arthur Ashe did not (you would probably enjoy his autobiography, Days of Grace). As much as I dislike him, I know the Serb grew up playing tennis in 'war torn Yugoslavia'. Roger isn't playing for the money now (if he ever was) but his likable demeanor does get him commercial contracts - unlike the Serb.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-15 05:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, because tennis is expensive to learn: there's the coaching and the hire of courts and cost of the equipment...

Andy Murray grew up in Dunblane- which is a grim sort of a place and attended a school that was shot up by a gun-crazy paedophile (he survived by hiding under a desk). I don't suppose his parents were poor exactly- but I can't believe they were rolling in money.

The Serb is very big in Serbia I'm told. He's their biggest sports star (possibly their only one)- and the sponsorship he receives from local businesses more than makes up for his lack of appeal abroad.

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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2019-07-15 07:35 pm (UTC)
I didn't know that about Andy Murray.

The Serb may be very big in Serbia, but he is a resident of Monte Carlo. Of course even I know that's for tax purposes. Bjorn Borg lived there at least while he was a champion.

I WANT to like him. He is an excellent player (obviously) and his sportsmanship is exemplary compared to Kyrgios. (of course, Attila the Hun would be a good sport next to him!). But I just can't warm up to him, I don't like him and I can't make myself like him. It's stupid, because in tennis aren't we admiring his TENNIS ability? Not anything else?

This is from CNN: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/15/tennis/novak-djokovic-wimbledon-summary-reflect-spt-intl/index.html
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-07-16 07:18 am (UTC)
I don't warn to Novak either- and I don't really know why- but it seems to be the common feeling. There's something about him that repels.

All the same, I think history will write him up him as a greater player than Roger and Rafa. He beats them more often than they beat him- and by the time he retires (barring accidents) he will almost certainly have more grand slam titles than either of them.
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