What a night on Ashe. I wasn't even supposed to be there. I didn't have a ticket to the night session but lucked into one thanks to some friends. So there we were, up in Section 309, row O (translation, high up in the upper deck) drinking beer and occasionally cheering on Tipsy, who I'm not sure we had much faith in.
But then shit got real. And the scattered shouts of "Ajde, Tipsy!" became hoarse roars, which somehow morphed into a "Janko, Janko, Janko! Oi Oi Oi!" cheer, because we obviously didn't get it out of our system at Sam's match. We got a lot of annoyed looks and by the time the fourth set came around, there was no one sitting in the four rows in front of us. Whoops!
But the cheers worked. Or so I like to think they did. The ATP noticed. And apparently J-Mac noticed. The five of us up in the rafters were apparently making quite a ruckus. In response to our cheers, the Andy fans came up with "Finish him!" when Andy was down 2 sets to 1, which...doesn't make sense, and they started cheering for Janko's UFEs and unforced errors. Tit for Tat, I guess.
Look, I didn't say we weren't obnoxious. I'm just saying we were excited and well within the rules. If anyone should be pissed it should be the 23,000 Andy fans who sat on their hands all night and got outyelled by five people. As we were walking out this girls hot us an annoyed look and asked if we were all Serbian. To which I of course responded, with my obvious wit and charm, "No, but that doesn't mean I can't root for Serbs. And I can't stand Andy Roddick." Surprisingly, this did not seem to satisfy her.
As for A-Rod's foot fault meltdown, I honestly don't care. I mean, how can anyone who follows tennis be surprised by his on court behavior anymore? The guy is absolutely incapable of seeing the big picture. So what if it took Sod a bit of time to call a challenge? Let's just make sure the call was right. So what if the linesperson's explanation for your foot fault was unsatisfactory? You still did it!
I'm a bit tired of everyone trying to defend him. The bottom line is that it's unacceptable behavior and it's unfitting of a guy who tries to put himself out there as a sportsman. If Novak acted that way he'd be crucified. Muzzard? Same. Roger? Same. But somehow because A-Rod's such a dude and American journos love him he gets a free pass? Bullshit.
I've tried with Andy. He has his charming moments. But no other top player lashes out the way that he does on court. It's just flat out ugly. Thankfully we were so high up in the stands that we could only laugh. He looked ridiculous.