They Said WHAT?! US Open Outtakes
by Stephanie Norris
Posted Date: Saturday, September 9, 2006
During the two weeks of the US Open, players join media for a post-match interview to discuss tactics, concerns, and, quite frankly, some completely nonsensical topics. Here at USOpen.org, our writers review the dozens of transcripts that come through each day and have compiled a list of some favorite Q & A highlights. These are the questions that the reporters shouldn’t have asked, and the answers that the players definitely shouldn’t have given.
Take two! You won’t believe your eyes.
Say What? One Line Wonders:
Q: Tough battle, James.
James Blake: Was that a question?
Q: Can you talk about it’s been a long time since you won at this tournament. Got to feel pretty good to come out as winner.
Marat Safin: What was the question?
Q: What’s the most frustrating part of being Marat Safin?
Marat Safin: Huh?
Q: Tomas was in here earlier saying he thought when you were hitting all of your ground strokes you could be very powerful.
James Blake: Did you say my brother was in here doing a press conference?
Q: Tomas Berdych.
James Blake: Oh, I thought you were talking about my brother and I was about to make fun of him for doing a press conference.
Food for Thought:
Q: What was the most fun thing Andy said to you in Austin during your stay?
Sam Querrey: Every time we’re playing, he throws a bet in with every baseline game or every set. Sometimes he’ll say, “Go make me a sandwich,” stuff like that.
Q: Is it usually ‘hold the mayo’?
Q: After Wimbledon, have you considered hiring a taster?
Mardy Fish: I eat at the same restaurant usually every week that I’m at a tournament. I usually eat at the same restaurant the night before a match. It’s nicer at Slams because you have a day in between. You can go somewhere else.
Q: Have you gained a lot of weight from last year? You look thicker.
Donald Young: I really don’t know.
Q: Did you see [your father] grabbing the banana or water?
Maria Sharapova: Do I see? Well, if I’m looking at him, I usually see, yeah. Not blind, as far as I know.
Q: Hi, Andrei. You played very, very well. How did it get away?
Andrei Pavel: I just started having stomach cramps. I went two times to the bathroom; I just had diarrhea. I had the feeling I going to explode in my pants, so it was not very nice.
Q: The stomach cramps, was that caused by nerves or what?
Andrei Pavel: Maybe I had the nerves or maybe a lot of emotion. I had to run fast.
Moderator: Questions, please.
Rafael Nadal: Hello. Sorry to have little bit problem in the stomach.
Q: You’re not feeling well?
Rafael Nadal: No, when I finish the match, I go to the locker and… no, no, not toilet, I didn’t know what was happening.
Q: What did you say to [Agassi] at the end?
Andrei Pavel: I said, “Piss off.” (laughter)
Speak Your Mind:
Q: Why do you think you didn’t win today?
Rafael Nadal: Because I lose.
Q: Do you mind explaining your feelings about what role the chair umpire should play in helping players decide whether to challenge?
Jelena Jankovic: Yes.
Q: Can you talk about your next match?
Andy Murray: Who am I playing?
Q: I wasn’t here the other night but you lose that set 6 Love to…
Amelie Mauresmo: I don’t know what you are talking about.
Q: People who I was sitting with were saying, “Oh, gosh, it’s the same old Mauresmo.” I know that’s insulting.
Amelie Mauresmo: I still don’t know what you are talking about.
Q: You’re pretty good friends with James. Do you guys really do anything in between tournaments, anything that’s extreme? I know Andy likes to go skydiving.
Mardy Fish: Yeah, we don’t do that.
Moderator: Questions for Martina, please.
Martina Hingis: There’s not many people here anymore.
Q: Are you aware of the Vince Spadea book where he relates an anecdote, you admonishing him at the net for him taking a bathroom break?
James Blake: I heard something about that. If you read it, I guess you’re one of the, what, 10 books that he sold or so, so far.
Q: The women are trying this on court coaching issue. Is it a silly idea? What do you think?
Roger Federer: What do you think I think? (smiling). I think it’s a joke.
Q: Was [Sharapova] making a lot of noise out there? Is that what you were talking to the umpire about?
Tatiana Golovin: You don’t need to be screaming that loud. It’s okay to grunt, but you don’t have to be that loud, like I don’t actually think the ball goes faster if she’s grunting…
Q: (in Serbian)
Jelena Jankovic: He’s saying that I’m like a Ferrari who is in the garage, but then all you need to do is put oil and bring it out on the road so everybody can see it.
Q: How many shots would you ask Tiger for?
Tim Henman: He would have to use one club, and it would have to be a putter.
James Blake: I heard something on ESPN about two weeks about saying Tiger Woods is gonna pass Michael Jordan as the best athlete of our time, and I think that’s a joke. Roger is winning every Grand Slam except for the French, winning every Masters Series tournament. That’s incredible. Not to mention he has to be out here for four hours running as opposed to walking while carrying one club.
Q: Boxing match between Federer and Nadal, who do you think would win that?
Lleyton Hewitt: I don’t know, I’ve got no idea.
Q: Do you think they’d be in the same weight category?
Lleyton Hewitt: Probably not, probably not. (laughing)
Q: Who would win a boxing match between you and Nadal?
Roger Federer: We’re not physical, the tennis players. We don’t like to touch each other. (laughing)
Q: You described the ninth game pretty well: dumb and then wonderful and then dumb and all those deuces and breakpoints.
Andre Agassi: I have a way with words, huh, Bud?
Q: If the question at Harvard were what makes Roger Federer such a good tennis player in a hundred words or less…
James Blake: How many words?
Q: When you’re saying “put this on the court,” can you explain more what [Jimmy Connors] is teaching you specifically?
Andy Roddick: No.
Q: Will that game stay with you?
Andre Agassi: It’s a whole sort of Jacuzzi of emotions.
The Roddick Files:
Q: Do you feel relief that [playing Agassi] is not going to happen?
Andy Roddick: I was so torn with the match up. Obviously you want to play against your idols, but then again you don’t want to be the guy who shot Bambi.
(After Agassi’s final match)
Q: Can you describe what you felt in the locker room?
Andy Roddick: Was that before or after you guys knocked down the door to get in?
Q: Was this the second tournament that Connors has been in the stadium?
Andy Roddick: Second tournament where he’s actually been in the stands, where his butt has been stuck to his seat.
Q: Did you ever just sit there and think, Jimmy Connors in my upstairs bedroom?
Andy Roddick: Wow. That question is about a 70 mile-an-hour fastball.
Q: You look pretty happy.
Andy Roddick: I am happy.
Q: How is it a different way of playing?
Andy Roddick: You guys are the analysts, you tell me.
Q: You’re the player. We like to hear it from the horses’ mouth.
Andy Roddick: That’s all right. Go buy a horse.
Moderator: Questions, please.
Andy Roddick: I don’t know about you guys, do you think this is product placement (holding up an Evian bottle)? What do you think? I’m guessing. I could just be calling myself a loser, too.
Q: Last time you went to Cincy, you went skydiving. Do you do anything like that to celebrate?
Andy Roddick: Yeah, I fell out of bed the first night I was sleeping here. That’s about as close to skydiving I got this week.