Hee. From Boyfriend's mailbag.
It's interesting when reporters take shots at coaches. The
question referred to Gil Reyes as a possible trainer for Roger Federer.
Instead of answering directly, you took a toxic shot at me [Feb. 11 Mailbag]
-- this was a gratuitous attack. I'm not looking for the job nor has he
ever asked me, but I'm also not one to take a casual negative retort
about writers. Fine if you want to slam me when the question is about
me, but in this case, you went overboard. I've always respected your
writing, this seems rude and unwarranted. Stick to the questions.
-- Brad Gilbert, San Rafael, Calif.
Here's what I wrote to Brad: "While I could have (and should have) used a different word than "toxic," I think you're overreacting. After Federer lost in Melbourne, I must have gotten 50 e-mails about his coaching situation and, as you can imagine, your name came up often. So while the question was about Reyes, I tried to incorporate as many related questions as possible. I stand by the opinion that you and Federer would not be an ideal match of personalities. I don't think that's rude or a cheap shot. It's not a statement on your competence (We've often sung your praises as a coach, a tennis mind and commentator.) Or, for that matter, on Federer's. It's just a plug and socket kind of thing. (Think: Nash and Nellie.) I am happy to clarify and make the point that you're not looking for a job. I'm sorry this upset you, but please know that this was not meant disparagingly."
Like, for serious? I really love Boyfriend.