Alex Bogomolov Jr. wants to play Davis Cup matches for his native Russia, despite the fact that he's an American citizen who has been supported by the USTA throughout his journeyman career. This simple wish enraged famed tennis writer Peter Bodo, who wrote a scathing indictment of Bogomolov's decision on Tennis.com.
Bodo blames it on Bogomolov wanting to reconcile with his father (who fled the country with his family 20 years ago), accuses him of gaming the system and calls the 28-year-old an "ingrate" for turning his back on the USTA in hopes of playing Davis Cup matches under another red, white and blue flag. He even takes a bizarre shot at Maria Sharapova: "[She] continues to reap the rewards of living and earning in the western world while soulfully declaring how deeply Russian she is. She loves Russia so much she lives not far from a Wendy's and a Bed, Bath and Beyond in [Florida]."
When he was four years old, the Tennis magazine editor emigrated to the United States with his parents, so he's understandably sensitive about the topic. I don't blame him; Bogomolov bailing on the U.S. for the Davis Cup seems cowardly to me too. It reminds me of Milorad Cavic, the man who almost beat Michael Phelps in Beijing, swimming for Serbia rather than the U.S. because he was afraid he wouldn't be good enough to make the team.
Therein lies the biggest issue, one Bodo ignored: Nobody has asked Bogomolov to play Davis Cup for the United States. You can't jump ship if nobody's asked you to go sailing.
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