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Re: No Wonder some plays think Tennis journalists are stupid

Tarango at the US Open after he lost to Draper.

Q. Was quite a wild atmosphere out there?


Q. Do you thrive on that or does that bother you, especially when the crowd really seemed to turn over to the Australian side?

JEFF TARANGO: No. I think that's the way tennis should be played. I think every match in tennis should be like that. Unfortunately, there's not enough personalities to bring that out.

Q. Scott seemed to think, though, that some of the antics might have backfired on you a little bit.

JEFF TARANGO: What antics would those be?

Q. Well, he cited one where you berated a ball girl for throwing away a half eaten banana, or just stalling tactics. "He fed off the crowd," he said.


Q. Do you ever feel like that they might backfire against you?

JEFF TARANGO: Well, I didn't feel that that was an antic. The girl spilled All Sport all over my stuff, made my shoes sticky, threw away my banana. I didn't think that was an antic, maybe I'm misinterpreting it.

Q. You also were complaining, I guess, to the umpire about a woman heckler. What was she saying? Why was that so bothersome?

JEFF TARANGO: Well, I'm out there for four hours and some lady's telling me to hurry up and play and try harder. I think that's pretty ridiculous when I don't think she can run six blocks.

Q. Isn't that also part of tennis, too?


Q. You say you want the atmosphere, people involved.

JEFF TARANGO: I think they should show a certain amount of respect for an athlete that's out there trying their hardest. Pretty hypocritical for her to tell me to run more when she probably couldn't even make it down the street.

Q. Did you actually engage her in conversation?

JEFF TARANGO: I didn't know exactly who it was. I asked them to watch because I've had some problems down at Lipton, and I didn't want those problems to happen again.

Q. Were you happy with your game?

JEFF TARANGO: No. I would have liked to win.

Q. Besides that, though, were you happy with the way you played?


Q. Just your performance in general?

JEFF TARANGO: No. I would have liked to win. I think I should have beat him. If I wouldn't have played five sets yesterday and the five sets the day before that, I think I would have beaten him.

Q. When did they turn the lights on?

JEFF TARANGO: Five o'clock.

Q. That bothered you?

JEFF TARANGO: Well, I think it's pretty ridiculous, five o'clock in the afternoon, to turn on lights just because Scott Draper requests it at the US Open. It's pretty strange to me.

Q. Did he request it right then? When did he request it?

JEFF TARANGO: He requested it before five and they got it at five. They said, "Oh, that's about what time we turn them on anyway." They never mentioned they were going to turn the lights on before the match, which they should do.

Q. You think because he wanted them on --

JEFF TARANGO: They didn't ask me. The chair umpire said, "Okay" flipped the lights on.

Q. It's not like at five o'clock they were going to turn the lights on no matter what?

JEFF TARANGO: No. They said they start at about that time.

Q. Did you ask to have them turned off?

JEFF TARANGO: Yes. I think it's ridiculous to have lights on at five in the afternoon.

Q. Do you think people at this point come to your matches to see some kind of uproar?

JEFF TARANGO: Well, no. I think at this point the press writes whatever the hell they want to write, they don't really take in consideration the hard work that goes into this. And I don't think you guys really see how hard we're trying out there. You don't see the day in, day out rigors of the Tour.

I think you're a little bit critical of my matches, when, if you go watch the other matches a lot some, if not all, the same things are going on. I think the interpretation that you guys make is a slanted one. I really have no control over that. Then the people read that. Of course, most people on the earth believe whatever they read. That's just the way it is. I mean, I'm not affected by it at all.

Q. I don't quite understand. I mean, I don't want to get into a back and forth, but in England I showed you some coverage on yourself. You said it was accurate. Is this a pattern that you're talking about?

JEFF TARANGO: No. I think that was a good article that I read there. Those were basically all my quotes. I thought I was pretty right. I don't understand your question.

Q. Well, my question is: What is the basis of your comment that the media does not understand?

JEFF TARANGO: Well, because my doubles partner and I the other night are out playing and we're both fighting our butts off out there; we're having a great time. The crowd is getting really into it. The press comes over and they immediately say, "Jeff Tarango and Guillaume Raoux are getting into it over there," trying to make a big hype that we're arguing, yelling at each other, when we're fully having one of the best matches played at the tournament, playing probably the highest quality of tennis that was played thus far.

Instead of saying, "What a great match is going on over here, two great players are really fighting it out," it's all of a sudden some kind of hype to get some kind of controversy going. I don't see why that started. You guys have the freedom to do whatever you want. And I think you should be a little more careful.

Q. I asked about the fans. I didn't ask about the press.

JEFF TARANGO: Well, because I think the fans read what's in the press and they come into it based on what they read. I saw an article after the Raoux match, "Terrible Tarango." The next day. I think that's absolutely ridiculous.

Q. When it was deep in the fifth set and you turned to the crowd and said, "You either love me or hate me," what was behind that comment?

JEFF TARANGO: Well, it seems like the crowd, there's people in the crowd that are either diehards: They want me to win, and then there's people out there, doesn't matter what kind of effort you put in, no matter what kind of attitude you have on the court, don't like you because of what they've read before and have their mind made up. It just seems like over and over again these people come out with this idea already of me. I think that's a little ridiculous because they're given a wrong impression in the press.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".

Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

Originally Posted by Filo V. View Post
I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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