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“Brazilians protest Nadal ranking”

In Brazil, over a million people are reported to have joined demonstrations against the seeding of Rafael Nadal in this year’s Wimbledon. While many might consider the tennis tournament to be an elitist, predictable and insignificant waste of strawberries; for the disenfranchised youth of Rio de Janeiro it means everything.

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Just waiting for a chance to start looting the ice cream vendors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The “King of Clay” has slipped down the rankings after seven months out with a knee injury, but has won 43 out of 45 matches since returning. The newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo highlighted widespread inequality throughout Brazil, citing as an example Wimbledon’s own formula for men’s seedings. One protester said: “Exorbitant transport fares, corruption and taxation we can tolerate, but placing the two-time champion behind David Ferrer is an outrage!”

The Spaniard has turned into lightning rod for all forms of protest, ever since a masked, bare-chested protester interrupted his victory at the French Open. Despite tournament director Gibert Ysern condemning this as “pathetic”, he could not deny that Nadal has become the Che Guevara of grass tennis. The All England Club is already considering the use of tear gas and rubber bullets on Henman Hill should things “turn nasty” later this month.

The BBC’s correspondent in Rio, Julia Carneiro, commented: “It is not yet known how this will end” but we assume with Andy Murray getting beat.

by @Wrenfoe


2 comments on ““Brazilians protest Nadal ranking”

  1. Mike Lince
    June 27, 2013

    I can sympathize with the Brazilians’ sense of outrage. Lawn tennis officials have become altogether too big for their britches. What’s next – Israeli polo players riding Arabian horses?


    • Wrenfoe
      June 27, 2013


      (Ironically poor, old Nadal got knocked out a few hours after I posted. I really jinxed him)


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