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 shouldnít have asked, and the answers that the players definitely shouldnít have given.
Take two! You wonít believe your eyes.
Say What? One Line Wonders:
Q: Tough battle, James.
James Blake: Was that a question?
Q: Can you talk about itís 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: Whatís 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 weíre playing, he throws a bet in with every baseline game or every set. Sometimes heíll say, ďGo make me a sandwich,Ē stuff like that.
Q: Is it usually Ďhold the mayoí?
Q: After Wimbledon, have you considered hiring a taster?
Mardy Fish: I eat at the same restaurant usually every week that Iím at a tournament. I usually eat at the same restaurant the night before a match. Itís 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 donít know.
Q: Did you see [your father] grabbing the banana or water?
Maria Sharapova: Do I see? Well, if Iím 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: Youíre not feeling well?
Rafael Nadal: No, when I finish the match, I go to the locker andÖ no, no, not toilet, I didnít know what was happening.
Q: What did you say to [Agassi] at the end?
Andrei Pavel: I said, ďPiss off.Ē (laughter)
Speak Your Mind:
Q: Why do you think you didnít 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 wasnít here the other night but you lose that set 6 Love toÖ
Amelie Mauresmo: I donít know what you are talking about.
Q: People who I was sitting with were saying, ďOh, gosh, itís the same old Mauresmo.Ē I know thatís insulting.
Amelie Mauresmo: I still donít know what you are talking about.
Q: Youíre pretty good friends with James. Do you guys really do anything in between tournaments, anything thatís extreme? I know Andy likes to go skydiving.
Mardy Fish: Yeah, we donít do that.
Moderator: Questions for Martina, please.
Martina Hingis: Thereís 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 youíre 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 itís 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 donít need to be screaming that loud. Itís okay to grunt, but you donít have to be that loud, like I donít actually think the ball goes faster if sheís gruntingÖ
Q: (in Serbian)
Jelena Jankovic: Heís saying that Iím 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 thatís a joke. Roger is winning every Grand Slam except for the French, winning every Masters Series tournament. Thatís 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 donít know, Iíve got no idea.
Q: Do you think theyíd 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: Weíre not physical, the tennis players. We donít 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 lessÖ
James Blake: How many words?
Q: When youíre saying ďput this on the court,Ē can you explain more what [Jimmy Connors] is teaching you specifically?
Andy Roddick: No.
Q: Will that game stay with you?
Andre Agassi: Itís 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 donít want to be the guy who shot Bambi.
(After Agassiís 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 heís 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: Youíre the player. We like to hear it from the horsesí mouth.
Andy Roddick: Thatís all right. Go buy a horse.
Moderator: Questions, please.
Andy Roddick: I donít know about you guys, do you think this is product placement (holding up an Evian bottle)? What do you think? Iím 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. Thatís about as close to skydiving I got this week.