He just gets slated by the Aussie media every single time he loses though. What must that do to you mentally? He must think, my own country doesn't even back me, why should I bother?
Personally I'm always rooting for him. Gutted he lost today.
Why should he care what the media thinks about him? It is his job/career/livelihood. If the local press kept telling me i was a terrible gambler and slated me constantly it wouldn't make the slightest difference to how i run my life and career. The same should apply to him or just get another job. No one is forcing you to be a tennis pro if you don't want to do it just quit. There are hundreds more ready to take your place and work their socks off to win the money on offer.
I'd imagine if the Stoke Sentinel ran the headline CLUELESS ARBBOY WRONG AGAIN every time you laid a dog and it romped home, yet stayed silent when a dog you laid trailed home in fifth, it might get a bit grating, no?
Clearly he has a complex personality and he doesn't play the game. eg. Doing it slyly when he tanks points/matches, not giving boring soundbites in interviews. The ban he got for tanking was a joke compared to what goes on every week on the tennis circuit.
He obviously clearly needs a mental game coach desperately. People talk about him so much because there are so little in the way of personalities these days in top level tennis and top level sport as a whole. You are honest and unguarded and you get ripped apart. Far better to just be defensive and sterile with fans and media and count your $$$$ but it just makes top level sport so boring...
I only saw the last set today when I woke up, but Seppi seemed to be playing well. Not sure if he threw it away today from two sets up or his opponent upped his game.