Aggravating English I

I saw this in a story about Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, who has been troubled by a groin injury:

but he is hopeful to play in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday when the Bulls face theWashington Wizards.

He is hopeful to play? Why not just say, "he hopes to play"?

Or is it someone else who hopes to play? What happened to tight, concise writing?

Filed under: bad English, Writing

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