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Stupid things you've seen other people do at tennis tournaments.

Ferrero Forever
01-26-2008, 11:37 AM
I know theres a thread with embarassing experiences we've had with players, and if theres one similar to this, please delete this thread. But I was wondering what stupid things you've seen other people (tennis and non-tennis fans) do at a tournament.

At the Aus Open this year, during Ferrero's warm-up before his match against Jones, he was practising on the same court he'd be playing on. This woman was sitting in the row behind me, and was talking to her husband, saying how much she couldn't wait to see Ferrero, and how he was her favourite player at the moment. All this occured while JC was practising right in front of her. After 15 mins had passed, she asked me who was practicing, and refused to believe me when I told her it was JC (he was practising with Monaco, but she didn't care about that). Once his match started and she realised I was right, she finally admitted she was wrong.

Also, during Monaco's practise session, a parent got their kid to give Monaco a picture of Carlos Moya to sign. I had to inform them that they were not watching Moya, but Monaco. They then walked off without getting any autographs.

At David Ferrer's match against Spadea, one woman sitting behind me was yelling out 'Go Juan Carlos.' I didn't say anything for about 20 minutes because I thought it was funny, but then I thought I'd save her any further humiliation and tell her that Ferrer and Ferrero were different people. Of course, she didn't believe me, even after I showed her my Aus Open guidebook and the pictures of both players. Apparently the scoreboard made a spelling mistake. So she continued yelling out Go Juan Carlos for about another half an hour (thankfully she wasn't very loud, so I don't think too many people heard). Then once Ferrero's match against Nalbandian finished, we got the result on the scoreboard during change of ends, and I pointed out to her that Ferrero had just won on Rod Laver Arena. She shut up after that.

I'm sure there are many more stories about idiotic people, and I'd love to hear them. Again, sorry if there is a similar thread.

Action Jackson
01-26-2008, 11:42 AM
These people running up to the court and saying there's Tommy Haas training.

The only thing was the guy that was Tommy Haas was actually Federer training with Arnaud di Pasquale, this was the year after he won Wimbledon for the first time.

Sean.J.S.
01-26-2008, 11:45 AM
Thanks for sharing these stories. They are hilarious. :rolls:

At the Hopman Cup (very late 2006) when Philippoussis defeated Tursunov...I saw this old lady a few rows in front of me walk right forward next to the camera man, about two metres away from Mark and started taking several photos. :tape: :o

Action Jackson
01-26-2008, 11:50 AM
Another favourite of mine are the idiotic fanboys and fangirls.

Here are a couple of experiences, I will tell the other one later. One I was wanting to get into watch Rosset and Henman play on a show court and for some reason the court was chockers full. For a court so full there was no sound at all, no cheering, no nothing.

I said Ok I am going to wait this out and then I find out what the problem is. I speak to the usher and I find out that Kournikova is playing a doubles match which is 4th on and the Rosset match was 2nd, then a womens match.

In other words these undersexed knobjockeys had waited all this time on the court and didn't give a crap about the tennis and only joined the cheering when Rosset was about to win.

Sean.J.S.
01-26-2008, 11:53 AM
Oh and on many occasions there's been many "tennis experts" sitting around me who think they know everything about tennis and get all these simple facts wrong. :help:

Sean.J.S.
01-26-2008, 11:54 AM
Another favourite of mine are the idiotic fanboys and fangirls.

Here are a couple of experiences, I will tell the other one later. One I was wanting to get into watch Rosset and Henman play on a show court and for some reason the court was chockers full. For a court so full there was no sound at all, no cheering, no nothing.

I said Ok I am going to wait this out and then I find out what the problem is. I speak to the usher and I find out that Kournikova is playing a doubles match which is 4th on and the Rosset match was 2nd, then a womens match.

In other words these undersexed knobjockeys had waited all this time on the court and didn't give a crap about the tennis and only joined the cheering when Rosset was about to win.

:rolls: And it was only a doubles match. :p

Action Jackson
01-26-2008, 11:56 AM
:rolls: And it was only a doubles match. :p

I have plenty of them.

I convinced someone that the former South African cricketer Hansie Cronje was Pete Sampras.

Kristen
01-26-2008, 11:57 AM
I don't have much material for here, as it's about 'other people' and the players I like are so obscure nobody knows or cares who they are [unless they know me, in which case they pretend to, very well]. Watching Jim Thomas train...having people say it is Ljubicic [due to the baldness] or Isner [due to the height].

I really can't go past the 'I want your babies' yelled at Nadal. Then there's the mofo tennis player who hit a ball into my neck. By accident but he's still a mofo.

My mother asking John Isner for a photo when he was in the middle of his match.

Some asian woman [not important, but sets the scene for the fashion] wearing a gigantic visor, and not thinking to lift it before drinking her beer. It was a strange incident, I don't know how she didn't wear it.

Indian fans frolicking on a tennis court during a rain delay. They had been playing cricket with an umbrella and a neck cooler thing, but got some photos on the court. The police walked by, and this was cool with them.

Kristen
01-26-2008, 12:02 PM
Then there is this guy, from the rain delay in Melbourne this year:
http://i32.tinypic.com/x6k2mg.jpg

Yep. That's a smurf. At least he had the legs for it.

*Ljubica*
01-26-2008, 12:18 PM
A few years ago, Mark Philippoussis was appearing at the Boodles and Dunthorne Exhibition tournament, which is a warm up to Wimbledon. It is a very intimate, "garden-party" event where all the players wander around and chat to the spectators with no security. There was a group of middle-aged ladies there, all rather the worse for champagne and Pimms. When Mark P. appeared, one ran over to him and asked for an autograph. She then produced a photo from her handbag and gave it to him. "That's my daughter" she said. "She's very pretty isn't she? Her phone number is on the back. Would you call her and ask her out on a date?" A rather embarrassed Mark muttered that he already had a girlfriend and wasn't looking for another. Undeterred, the lady said, "OK - I understand - so you just don't like young girls. I have a son too you know! Would you like to see a picture of him?" And then finally added rather desparately..... "And if you prefer older ladies, I am always available!" :lol:

Poor Mark - he was trtying so hard to get away without appearing too rude. He was actually really ermbarrassed by the whole thing :o

Peta Pan
01-26-2008, 12:30 PM
The elderly lady sitting behind me at the Koubek v Moya match this year who I heard say "Koubek? I've never head of him... I've heard of Koubekacic"

WTF? :silly:

Iza
01-26-2008, 12:44 PM
A few years ago, Mark Philippoussis was appearing at the Boodles and Dunthorne Exhibition tournament, which is a warm up to Wimbledon. It is a very intimate, "garden-party" event where all the players wander around and chat to the spectators with no security. There was a group of middle-aged ladies there, all rather the worse for champagne and Pimms. When Mark P. appeared, one ran over to him and asked for an autograph. She then produced a photo from her handbag and gave it to him. "That's my daughter" she said. "She's very pretty isn't she? Her phone number is on the back. Would you call her and ask her out on a date?" A rather embarrassed Mark muttered that he already had a girlfriend and wasn't looking for another. Undeterred, the lady said, "OK - I understand - so you just don't like young girls. I have a son too you know! Would you like to see a picture of him?" And then finally added rather desparately..... "And if you prefer older ladies, I am always available!" :lol:

Poor Mark - he was trtying so hard to get away without appearing too rude. He was actually really ermbarrassed by the whole thing :o


:spit: :haha: :haha: :silly:

Horatio Caine
01-26-2008, 01:07 PM
cheering for Volandri

VolandriFan
01-26-2008, 01:09 PM
cheering for Volandri

Did you see me? :eek:

Horatio Caine
01-26-2008, 01:10 PM
A few years ago, Mark Philippoussis was appearing at the Boodles and Dunthorne Exhibition tournament, which is a warm up to Wimbledon. It is a very intimate, "garden-party" event where all the players wander around and chat to the spectators with no security. There was a group of middle-aged ladies there, all rather the worse for champagne and Pimms. When Mark P. appeared, one ran over to him and asked for an autograph. She then produced a photo from her handbag and gave it to him. "That's my daughter" she said. "She's very pretty isn't she? Her phone number is on the back. Would you call her and ask her out on a date?" A rather embarrassed Mark muttered that he already had a girlfriend and wasn't looking for another. Undeterred, the lady said, "OK - I understand - so you just don't like young girls. I have a son too you know! Would you like to see a picture of him?" And then finally added rather desparately..... "And if you prefer older ladies, I am always available!" :lol:

Poor Mark - he was trtying so hard to get away without appearing too rude. He was actually really ermbarrassed by the whole thing :o

:haha: :haha: :haha:

:worship:

juvvi
01-26-2008, 01:24 PM
I have plenty of them.

I convinced someone that the former South African cricketer Hansie Cronje was Pete Sampras.

And current south African cricket, Graeme Smith can pass off as Federer to an extent.

NicoFan
01-26-2008, 02:02 PM
Great stories! :yeah:

I've seen so many people do so many stupid things at tournaments that I wouldn't know where to begin. :rolls: Most of them are like Juanqui Lover's stories and the people have no clue who the players are, and PMK where people just go berserk when they see one of their favorites and start jumping up and down and chasing after them (which is okay for kids, but when adults do it... :o :lol:)

But I'll pick on myself too. ;)

I was in Cincy in 2005, and Nico was practicing with Ollie Rochus. I was standing at the side court fence, taking pixs of Nico so didn't see that one of Ollie's serves was coming right at me, and bonk! Hits me right on the side of the head. I was like, geez thanks Ollie! :lol:

So the ball is right there by me, and it might have been becuase Tommy Haas had that freak accident where he stepped on the ball but all I remember was that I didn't want to roll it back on to the court, Nico not see it, and step on it, so I lean wayyyyyyyyyyyyy over the fence (I'm short), I'm sure my butt was in the air :lol:, and gently place the ball back down on the court.

As I straighten up, I see Nico just standing there looking at me with this amused look on his face. :lol: And he says, gracias, and starts to laugh.

I wanted to say, screw you Massu, but it was funny, so I just smiled and kind of waved, yeah de nada. And went back to the stands and tried to hide. :o :lol:

jitterbug
01-26-2008, 02:03 PM
Great stories! :yeah:

I've seen so many people do so many stupid things at tournaments that I wouldn't know where to begin. :rolls: Most of them are like Juanqui Lover's stories and the people have no clue who the players are, and PMK where people just go berserk when they see one of their favorites and start jumping up and down and chasing after them (which is okay for kids, but when adults do it... :o :lol:)

But I'll pick on myself too.

I was in Cincy in 2005, and Nico was practicing with Ollie Rochus. I was standing at the side court fence, taking pixs of Nico so didn't see that one of Ollie's serves was coming right at me, and bonk! Hits me right on the side of the head. I was like, geez thanks Ollie! :lol:

So the ball is right there by me, and it might have been becuase Tommy Haas had that freak accident where he stepped on the ball but all I remember was that I didn't want to roll it back on to the court, Nico not see it, and step on it, so I lean wayyyyyyyyyyyyy over the fence (I'm short), I'm sure my butt was in the air :lol:, and gently place the ball back down on the court.

As I straighten up, I see Nico just standing there looking at me with this amused look on his face. :lol: And he says, gracias, and starts to laugh.

I wanted to say, screw you Massu, but it was funny, so I just smiled and kind of waved, yeah de nada. And went back to the stands and tried to hide. :o :lol:

That's cute, actually :lol:

NicoFan
01-26-2008, 02:11 PM
That's cute, actually :lol:

It was funny. :)

And I have to clarify. When Nico laughed, it wasn't a mean laugh. He sees me at all his tournaments when he comes to the northeastern part of the U.S. and had just seen me in DC. And he's always very nice to me. It just was funny, and other people were smiling too. :lol:

Lopez
01-26-2008, 03:06 PM
A couple of things happened at the USO 2007 when David Nalbandian was playing David Ferrer. Firstly, there were some Spanish ladies in front of me and my dad who kept on cheering "David". A lot of other people did this as well, I thought it was pretty funny.

The second thing wasn't funny at all, there was this old, fat dude sitting behind me and a guy that was sitting behind him was taking pictures of the match. Suddenly the old guy starts yelling : "Stop taking pictures, it's giving me a headache" and threatens to break the camera and shove his walking cane up the ass of the other guy. What a jerk! He was loud, obnoxious, selfish and idiotic. He was so loud that I bet the players heard him as well. His wife was so embarrassed, everyone was looking at him and thinking the same thing I was.

zicofirol
01-26-2008, 03:59 PM
asking for autographs, adults I mean...

my cellphone also ran during at match at indian wells and it was a small court so everyone could hear it, I couldnt turn it off because it makes the gay sound when it shuts down, so I had to endure another call(my friend was doing it on purpose) but I was able to turn it off during the clapping.

I am sure I have embarassing sotries but I cant think of any right now.

zicofirol
01-26-2008, 04:00 PM
It was funny. :)

And I have to clarify. When Nico laughed, it wasn't a mean laugh. He sees me at all his tournaments when he comes to the northeastern part of the U.S. and had just seen me in DC. And he's always very nice to me. It just was funny, and other people were smiling too. :lol:

ive seen massu at 3 tournaments(including an exhibition tournament) and he comes off as a bigger asshole every time...

neenah
01-26-2008, 04:43 PM
One time during an early-round Haas match at the USO, during a break between games a woman yelled from the crowd, "Marry me, Tommy!!" :lol:

And last year at the USO (Cañas/Lee match, on a small court) someone's cell phone rang and they actually picked it up and had a conversation, during the match. :o A fan sitting a few seats away yelled at her. :rolls:

At Lopez/Andreev (last year's USO) someone was drinking a drink in a plastic cup and leaning over the low fence (it was a small court where on the other side of the fence was the court) and he dropped the cup over the fence and onto the court (by mistake) and a ball boy had to give it back to him. :lol:

NyGeL
01-26-2008, 06:38 PM
During a Qualy match at Buenos Aires Open between Crazy Dany and Schwank, I cheered a nice point from Koellerer and somebody shut me up and I told him to screw. Then I realized that it was Schwank's father xD

Kitty de Sade
01-26-2008, 07:03 PM
During an exo in NorCal in 2003, a very intoxicated woman stood up in the stands, and screamed for Agassi during a match w/ David Wheaton, while lifting up her shirt.

She said some other stuff too, but it's not fit to print. :o

NicoFan
01-26-2008, 07:12 PM
neenah - I was there at that Tommy match when the woman yelled. :lol: I loved Tommy's reaction. At first he tried to ignore it and then he just started to laugh. It was great. :yeah:

Kitty - sounds more like something from a concert than a tennis match. :lol:

Kitty de Sade
01-26-2008, 07:28 PM
:lol: Seriously.

There was way too much liquid courage being sold that night. ;)

savesthedizzle
01-26-2008, 07:35 PM
Oh gosh I have seen a lot in my time. Where to start, where to start.

Okay we'll start with USO 2005. Most of this is going to be stupid stuff people SAY to me. :lol: Okay USO 2005. I'm hanging around watching Dusan Vemic play someone. I want to say it was Levy for some reason. Anyway, these two old men are sitting in front of me and ask me what country Vemic is from because they didn't understand the (SCG). No problem, innocent enough. So I tell them he's Serbian. These men are like, "No you're wrong. He's not. SCG doesn't stand for Serbia." Clearly they didn't know who they were talking to :rolls: but I'm like "Yes, it actually is." And they were like "No, Serbia is SER" Anyway, I tried to tell them that the SCG comes from when you write Serbia & Montenegro out in you know, the native language, kinda like ESP for Spain. But they were having none of it. Eventually I got up and left the match and guys said to me, "Bye! If you find out what SCG really stands for, let us know." and for one last time I was like "IT IS SERBIA" before walking away.

Erm what else. Cincinnati 2006, Viktor Troicki was sitting across the aisle from me watching Djokovic play doubles with Verdasco :hearts: against Goldstein and someone else. Anyway, these kids come up to Viktor because they see him wearing credentials, and are like "ARE YOU A PLAYER?!" and Viktor was like "Yes." and then the kids go, "Show us where you are in the draw." (Viktor had retired in the final round of quallies to Seppi) so Viktor was like, "I'm not in it." :awww: He wasn't mad, but the kids were like "Oh." and left. They had been planning on getting an autograph but decided he wasn't worthy. Although also interesting about that is that after the match all these girls were swarming around Novak/Nando (who lost) like "Novak can I have a wristband? Novak can I have a wristband?" and he tossed a few into the stands, when Troicki with an absolutely perfect girly voice goes, "Novak! Can I have one too?" Nole looked up about to throw one before he realized who it was :rolls:

At the USO this last year I was watching Azarenka-Cibulkova when an older woman sat next to me and asked me where the two players were from, were they any good, etc. I told her they were both young up and comers, Azarenka is from Belarus and my dear Dominika is from Slovakia. The woman was like "Belarus? What is that? Is that a country?" I informed her of where you can find Belarus on a map and eventually she stopped talking. Then her other old lady friend joined her and I heard her telling her friend about the cute little Bulgarian playing against a Russian. Apparently she did not listen to a single thing I said and decided that Belarus=Bulgaria and that since Cibulkova ends in -ova she must be Russian.


OH BUT THE STORY that makes my life complete!!!!! Montreal 2005. Me and another one of MTF's finest posters Ms. Chloe le Bopper were attempting to stalk Djokovic at his third practice session of the day, so we're sitting near the pretty much deserted practice courts. Gimelstob is practicing, and we're only half playing attention. We were chit chatting and talking about Djokovic :rolls: Anyway, this girl comes up, I'm not sure if it was a wig or her real hair, but it was essentially a rather large 'fro. She had a Spanish flag on as a cape and I think maybe her face was painted. She goes to Gimelstob (who is in the middle of practice), "YO JUSTIN! I'm from NEW YORK!" (Please imagine that with an obnoxious New York accent please.) Justin is like, "erm cool." :rolls: She continues, "Yo! Do you know where Vince is?" and Justin is just like, "Vince? Vince SPADEA?" :spit: :spit: and the girl's like "Yeah! Where's Vince?!" Becca and I were giggling uncontrollably, Justin shot us a glance kinda like "WTF IS THIS GIRL?" and he was like "I have no idea where Vince is" :scratch: and the girl left looking for Vince. :rolls: I unfortunately ran into her again later at a match where Ferrer and Gasquet were playing. I think it was doubles though. Anyway, she would cheer, "ALLEZ GASQUET!" and then her friend would totally anglicize it and go "COME ON RICKY!" and then she would say "VAMOS DAVEEEEEED" and her friend would say "COME ON DAVE!" and they alternated with their pronunciations throughout the match.

I probably have more. Let me think about this.

neenah
01-26-2008, 08:01 PM
Jess. :haha: :haha: :haha:

neenah
01-26-2008, 08:03 PM
neenah - I was there at that Tommy match when the woman yelled. :lol: I loved Tommy's reaction. At first he tried to ignore it and then he just started to laugh. It was great. :yeah:

Yeah. :lol:

Fitz
01-27-2008, 02:26 AM
Some girl, who must have been 18 with a 40 year husband, asked Jamie Murray to take a picture holding her baby in Cincy this year!:eek: She cut me off from the conversation I was having with him :devil: but I was nice about it. After he obliged, she said thank you Andy! :lol: I started cracking up and looked like the idiot but Jamie went along with it and said no problem. :cool:

I also get annoyed when parents push their kids to get an autograph after someone loses on an outer court. You just don't do that. A player is in their own world after a loss and it is protocol to let them be. I also hate it when parents put their kids on their shoulders and have them hold out the ball from up top. I found it hilarious when Roddick didn't sign for those who did that because after security failed to keep people back, he said to the parents that it was annoying having a ball shoved in his face from up high and I can't say I blame him :lol:

njnetswill
01-27-2008, 02:39 AM
Ask Rainer Hoffman for a photo. Oh wait, that was me. :spit: :p

Dimonator133
01-27-2008, 02:51 AM
this isn't stupid, but it's awesome: At the Gaudio-Gicquel 3rd round match at the 2006 U.S. Open this Argentine lady sitting right behind me on the 2nd row of the Grandstand would always heckle Gicquel. So whenever he returned serve from the deuce side (right in front of us) he would flip her off behind is back. Just held his hand behind his back with middle finger extended as he waited for Gaudio's serve.

Dimonator133
01-27-2008, 02:54 AM
Can we also talk about our OWN stupidity?

Well, I was front row on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the PRESIDENTS BOX - front row literally in the EXACT middle of the baseline - for Andre Agassi's last match ever (against Benjamin Becker).

I left after the 2nd set, went to see some of Safin-Nalbandian on Armstrong and it went to a 5th set tiebreaker.

I never made it back to Agassi!!!! Not even for the memorable speech. And I could have been FRONT ROW for the whole thing!

AHHHHHHHHH HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HA

savesthedizzle
01-27-2008, 02:58 AM
Can we also talk about our OWN stupidity?

Well, I was front row on Arthur Ashe Stadium in the PRESIDENTS BOX - front row literally in the EXACT middle of the baseline - for Andre Agassi's last match ever (against Benjamin Becker).

I left after the 2nd set, went to see some of Safin-Nalbandian on Armstrong and it went to a 5th set tiebreaker.

I never made it back to Agassi!!!! Not even for the memorable speech. And I could have been FRONT ROW for the whole thing!

AHHHHHHHHH HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HA

Haha I was on Grandstand watching Hewitt deliver a sound beating on Novak but you could obviously hear what was going on in Ashe. :hug:

Metis
01-27-2008, 03:20 AM
A couple of things happened at the USO 2007 when David Nalbandian was playing David Ferrer. Firstly, there were some Spanish ladies in front of me and my dad who kept on cheering "David". A lot of other people did this as well, I thought it was pretty funny.

The second thing wasn't funny at all, there was this old, fat dude sitting behind me and a guy that was sitting behind him was taking pictures of the match. Suddenly the old guy starts yelling : "Stop taking pictures, it's giving me a headache" and threatens to break the camera and shove his walking cane up the ass of the other guy. What a jerk! He was loud, obnoxious, selfish and idiotic. He was so loud that I bet the players heard him as well. His wife was so embarrassed, everyone was looking at him and thinking the same thing I was.

I was sitting next to the couple with the camera actually!!! That guy was pretty scary. He wasn't joking, he lifted his cane up a few times :scared:. I moved a few seats to the left so that the guy with the camera and his wife could move a bit away from him. The incident was very disruptive though, I'm sure the whole stadium heard him swear...

neenah
01-27-2008, 03:32 AM
It's pretty funny how a bunch of us are remembering the same funny/stupid incidents. :rolls:

Small world.

Dimonator133
01-27-2008, 03:33 AM
Haha I was on Grandstand watching Hewitt deliver a sound beating on Novak but you could obviously hear what was going on in Ashe. :hug:

i think it needs to be clarified that you ARE referring to Novak DJOKOVIC and not JIRI Novak. After all, the the thought of Hewitt delivering a sound beating on Djokovic sounds shocking at the moment, but yes, it's true it happened back in 2006.

Now being on Armstrong was DUMB, but being on Grandstand was ULTRA DUMB (at least I saw a classic on Armstrong. My dad like you was also over at the GStand to watch that abomination).

Dimonator133
01-27-2008, 03:35 AM
oh i just remembered a VERY stupid one, and this time it wasn't me.

My dad LEFT his front row seat to go back to the hotel after the Moya-Kohlschreiber match ended around 10:30 on Sunday at the 2007 U.S. Open.

GUESS what the next match on the Grandstand was?

That's right. GULBIS-ROBREDO. HAHAHAHAHA what (in retrospect) an idiot!

Ferrero Forever
01-27-2008, 03:36 AM
Ok well if we're talking about stupid things we've done at tournaments, I guess I should confess.

I've done about half the stupid things people have mentioned in this thread. For some reason I love getting autographs, but I'll only really try to get them off my favourite players, unless I'm in a good position to get them from others without any hassle.

Regrettably, I've also answered my phone during a match. It rang during change of ends, and I only answered it because it was a very important call (my phone was on silent so I didn't disturb anyone in that regard when it rang), but the match began and I was trying to talk softly, but I got all these weird looks from people. I don't blame them though, I hope to never have to answer my phone during a match again.

I've also sat through whole WTA matches just to make sure I could get a good seat for Ferrero's match which was after it, but to me that doesn't seem stupid, it's just ensuring you get to see your fave player.

Anyway, other stupid things I've done. At the Aus Open this year, Ferrero was practising with Ferrer on one of the outside courts. They walked off the court and they left their towels and balls on the court. There was this kid, about 7 years old, who was trying to get the balls off the court. He ended up jumping the fence, and I told him to grab one for me, which the nice kid did:) I wasn't happy with just a match ball, so I ran onto the court, picked up the towels, didn't care that there was security watching, and ran off the court. Nobody said anything, so it's all good.

Later on, I discovered that all the photos I took of that practise session got deleted, so I was really really mad. I knew that Ferrero was doing Fanfest (just some signing thingo) and I wasn't going to go, but I wanted to replace the photos I lost. I didn't want to get anything signed. I decided to go, and of course the line had closed to see Ferrero, but they guaranteed me a Baghdatis autograph, which I didn't want. Naturally, I pushed into the Ferrero line without any trouble. When I got close to the table, the organisers asked me and some other spanish fans who were close by to come round the back (we were all dressed in spanish colours and had the flag on us), and I don't think any of us knew what was going on. The next thing I know, JC comes up to us and greets us all properly, all us girls got hugs and kisses on the cheek (he hadn't shaved that morning in case anyone was interested, he was rather prickly) and we had group photos with him and everything. He was so so nice (not that I didn't already know that). So sometimes stupidity pays off, I felt like an idiot going to FanFest, and I don't ever intend on going again, but it turned out to be awesome!

Another stupid thing other people have done was when I dragged my mum to the tennis for the first time in 2005. Mum hated it with a passion. We were watching Moya get demolished by Garcia-Lopez, and Mum was sitting there watching the people instead of the match. At one stage she let out this massive yawn, and then she started telling me in a fairly loud voice 'I put a curse on Moya, hurry up and lose so we can get out of here.' I think the whole section heard her.

The next day I went to the Aus Open with my friend (I forced her to come with me, I wasn't allowed to go by myself back then), and during Ferrero's match she had the nerve to get out a magazine and start reading it. I don't think she saw any of the match. We had front row seats, right next to Ferrero's coach and training team (I was talking to them for quite a while, they were literally sitting right next to me) and she didn't feel embarassed reading during the match.

One more thing, apparently my uncle went to the tennis years ago and went to a Rod Laver Arena night match. Apparently he farted on the plastic seats, and the sound echoed, and the whole arena cracked up laughing.

savesthedizzle
01-27-2008, 03:39 AM
i think it needs to be clarified that you ARE referring to Novak DJOKOVIC and not JIRI Novak. After all, the the thought of Hewitt delivering a sound beating on Djokovic sounds shocking at the moment, but yes, it's true it happened back in 2006.

Now being on Armstrong was DUMB, but being on Grandstand was ULTRA DUMB (at least I saw a classic on Armstrong. My dad like you was also over at the GStand to watch that abomination).

Yes that Novak :p

I didn't have Ashe tickets, so it was fine for me :lol:

Dimonator133
01-27-2008, 03:49 AM
Yes that Novak :p

I didn't have Ashe tickets, so it was fine for me :lol:

well not having Ashe tickets was dumb!!!!:D

But yes, giving up front row President's Box was JUST A BIT dumber!!!!!:spit:

savesthedizzle
01-27-2008, 03:53 AM
well not having Ashe tickets was dumb!!!!:D

But yes, giving up front row President's Box was JUST A BIT dumber!!!!!:spit:

It was hard enough to get a grounds pass for that day let alone Ashe tickets! :rolls: I had to get my ticket off of craigslist because grounds passes were actually sold out because of the rain the days before which rained out play :p

Dimonator133
01-27-2008, 03:53 AM
Another dumb thing I and a few friends did:

We were in box seats on Ashe for the 3rd round match of the 2000 or 2001 US Open between Henman and Krajicek. It was 5-6 in the 5th with Henman (who we were rooting for) trailing and serving. It was an epic match so we decided to try to get the buzzkill crowd to get the wave going at the changeover. So we started it, and after a few tries it worked to PERFECTION. Just an out of control wave as a night atmosphere should be.

Well, it merely made Henman nervous. He proceeded to get nervous and lost serve to lose the match, including a double fault on match point.

Dimonator133
01-27-2008, 03:54 AM
It was hard enough to get a grounds pass for that day let alone Ashe tickets! :rolls: I had to get my ticket off of craigslist because grounds passes were actually sold out because of the rain the days before which rained out play :p

Yep, Hurricane Ernesto Gulbis came through on Saturday.

That sucked, but it made for the most epic day (Sunday) is tennis-watching history.

~*BGT*~
01-27-2008, 04:30 AM
A couple of things happened at the USO 2007 when David Nalbandian was playing David Ferrer. Firstly, there were some Spanish ladies in front of me and my dad who kept on cheering "David". A lot of other people did this as well, I thought it was pretty funny.


Roddick said in his blog that people who come to his matches against Murray and yell, "Go Andy!!" should throw themselves against a well. :cool:

One time during an early-round Haas match at the USO, during a break between games a woman yelled from the crowd, "Marry me, Tommy!!" :lol:



During the 06 AO, a man yelled, "I love you Andy" during one of his matches. Needless to say, Andy's reaction was hilarious.

But I don't have any stories of my own as I've never been to a professional tennis tournament. :awww:

I almost got to see a Todd Martin/Sampras exo that came to my city to raise money for Hurrican Katrina relief. I had told my brother to buy the tickets as soon as they were on sale, but he kept waiting and waiting...

So it was the day of the exo, and I got the times wrong, so when we got there, the 1st set was already over. We went to buy tickets, and my brother gives the person in the box office his credit card. They tell him it's not valid.

It's then that he realizes he had just gotten a new credit card in the mail, and he had canceled this account, but forgot the new card at home. :rolleyes: Of course, he has no cash, so I don't get to see the GOAT. :sad: :sad: I did get to see Todd Martin serve :banana: but that's it. :mad:

_§_
01-27-2008, 05:20 AM
Agassi had Graf in stitches here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoKykKoQeZA
:)

_pyromatic
01-27-2008, 05:46 AM
At the qualies at the US Open last year I was watching Gasquet and Santoro practice and some crazy woman kept yelling at Gasquet to take is shirt off and telling him how hot he was. She was only a couple feet behind his chair so he was very :o and Santoro kept glaring at her. :lol:

_§_
01-27-2008, 05:49 AM
At the qualies at the US Open last year I was watching Gasquet and Santoro practice and some crazy woman kept yelling at Gasquet to take is shirt off and telling him how hot he was. She was only a couple feet behind his chair so he was very :o and Santoro kept glaring at her. :lol:

http://www.espn.go.com/media/pg3/2005/0308/photo/g_ferrell_i.jpg

That sounds like something you'd see in a Will Ferrell tennis movie :)

Scotso
01-27-2008, 06:39 AM
I saw a middle-aged woman running to try to get to Andre Agassi, and she tripped and fell. I was a little scared for her at first, but when she got up and resumed her chase I cracked up for a good half-hour.

Ferrero Forever
01-27-2008, 06:46 AM
I saw a middle-aged woman running to try to get to Andre Agassi, and she tripped and fell. I was a little scared for her at first, but when she got up and resumed her chase I cracked up for a good half-hour.

Haha thats so funny. It reminds me though, anyone who's been to the Australian Open in recent years will have to find the rush as soon as the gates open to Garnier World to be hillarious. Who in their right mind goes to the tennis for a makeover. At one stage this year the line was going to take 3 hours to get in. It's really pathetic actually

Scotso
01-27-2008, 06:49 AM
Then there is this guy, from the rain delay in Melbourne this year:
http://i32.tinypic.com/x6k2mg.jpg

Yep. That's a smurf. At least he had the legs for it.

I love it! :hearts:

Fitz
01-27-2008, 07:46 AM
Stupid things I've done.

1. Asking Rafa for an autograph in Spanish.
2. Mistaking Martin Damm for Ivan Ljubicic
3. Yelling Nole's name when he walked in the player entrance with no one around and causing a big group of kids to run over to ask for an autograph.
4. Sitting in the front row of one of Mark/Daniel's dubs match in Cincy 05 and laughing really loud when Leander Paes got smacked in the chest by an overhead (this coming after he pegged Mark in the back after he conceeded the point)
5. Actually thinking Maria Sharapova was hot and friendly, then seeing her in person and realizing that she was a bitch and was totally fake about giving back to her fans.

Johnny Groove
01-27-2008, 07:52 AM
5. Actually thinking Maria Sharapova was hot and friendly, then seeing her in person and realizing that she was a bitch and was totally fake about giving back to her fans.

YES :worship::worship::worship:

I cant stand that bitch

~*BGT*~
01-27-2008, 08:08 AM
5. Actually thinking Maria Sharapova was hot and friendly, then seeing her in person and realizing that she was a bitch and was totally fake about giving back to her fans.

YES :worship::worship::worship:

I cant stand that bitch

Guys can't stand her either? :worship: Awesome.. :D People always say Serena is a bitch, but Sharpie-ova is too... Serena is just an obvious bitch :shrug: whereas it takes a true bitch to see the bitch in Sharpie-ova. :yeah: I guess I'm a true bitch then. :lol:

Johnny Groove
01-27-2008, 08:15 AM
Guys can't stand her either? :worship: Awesome.. :D People always say Serena is a bitch, but Sharpie-ova is too... Serena is just an obvious bitch :shrug: whereas it takes a true bitch to see the bitch in Sharpie-ova. :yeah: I guess I'm a true bitch then. :lol:

ugh, hate em both

~*BGT*~
01-27-2008, 08:40 AM
ugh, hate em both

OK, who did you pull for last year at the AO?

Medina
01-27-2008, 08:44 AM
My Mum has a huge Crush for Ferero.. in 07. when he came out of the entrace a croud was surrounding him (Juanqui Lover you will reacall this croud).. She pulled his waist and goes give me a picture in spanish. holding his waist and all.. And he just looked at her strangly, and he just ok wait (in spanish) and just laugh.. It was a little embarassing.

gasquetophile
01-27-2008, 09:32 AM
YES :worship::worship::worship:

I cant stand that bitch

haha me neither, she's also incredibly ugly..

I'd have to say the stupidest thing i've seen people do is pay $6 for a beer, and get enough of them to get completely drunk..:o

Kat!
01-27-2008, 09:54 AM
Well, I've seen my fair share of people asking for autographs when they have no idea who they are, and asking coaches... "Are you a player?!?" Or mistaken them for someone else...

I've also seen a mother with kiddies lining up at the autograph session talking on the phone who said..."I don't know who's signing.... Mario someone? ANT-SIC??" People - why bother?!

Some other highlights - after a practice session a kid went up to Tommy Robredo and asked him whether he could have his racquet. :lol:

ohhh best one from this year, when Ferrero was practicising some people were talking behind me. One of them asked - Who's this guy? And a man answered - "Oh... that's Juan Carlos Ferrero. He's in form at the moment, last week he won a tournament in HOBART!"

It was hard not to laugh out loud, considering Hobart is a WTA tournament. Maybe he could win, if he entered. ;)

faboozadoo15
01-27-2008, 09:57 AM
I'd go to bed with the smurf. Probably has huge balls. ;)

Ferrero Forever
01-27-2008, 10:10 AM
ohhh best one from this year, when Ferrero was practicising some people were talking behind me. One of them asked - Who's this guy? And a man answered - "Oh... that's Juan Carlos Ferrero. He's in form at the moment, last week he won a tournament in HOBART!"

It was hard not to laugh out loud, considering Hobart is a WTA tournament. Maybe he could win, if he entered. ;)

Haha I remember you telling me about that one, but it's still funny. Regardless, I think Ferrero would look hot in a skirt. I'd turn lesbian for that:D

And yes Medina how could I forget that crowd. I remember your mum, and I can remember the look on JC's face too. Unlike her, I was more reserved and calmly asked him for a photo once he finished signing. She just went in and grabbed him:D

Peta Pan
01-27-2008, 10:57 AM
Haha thats so funny. It reminds me though, anyone who's been to the Australian Open in recent years will have to find the rush as soon as the gates open to Garnier World to be hillarious. Who in their right mind goes to the tennis for a makeover. At one stage this year the line was going to take 3 hours to get in. It's really pathetic actually
I haven't actually seen the rush when the gates open but I imagine it would look as pathetic as watching the idiots line up for hours on end for a 5 minute treatment and a bag of stuff that you could buy at Coles for not much more than the entry price :rolleyes:



The most stupid thing I'VE done at the tennis?

In the 2004 Australian Open I had just bought myself a pizza and was walking in the gate of Court 3 not looking where I was going because I was looking for Kristen (who ended up being in a seat right in front of me). Anyway I fell down about 5 steps concluding with whacking the side of my head on the seat in front and twisting both ankles (and throwing 3 of my 4 slices of expensive pizza away in the process :mad: ). Kristen insists it was because I walked in right as Melzer was in the middle of a shirt change, I can definitely say she couldn't be further from the truth :lol:

First aid had to come and help me out of the aisle and recommended that I went home straight away but I desperately wanted to stay to watch Grosjean v Hrbaty which was a night match on MCA. I managed to stay til the end but had to pretty much waddle to the train station after the match because I couldn't put weight on either foot. Luckily it was my last day at the tennis for that year because I couldn't walk for 3 days!

Peta Pan
01-27-2008, 11:03 AM
Some other highlights - after a practice session a kid went up to Tommy Robredo and asked him whether he could have his racquet. :lol:
I saw a kid this year ask Michael Russell after a practice session if he could have his accreditation pass :haha:

He humoured him saying "yeah you can have my cred, my racquets..... nah sorry, i need them for my match".

The kid did ask where he would play and told him he'd go watch him later on, it was a nice exchange between them, but made me laugh.

Ferrero Forever
01-27-2008, 11:04 AM
The most stupid thing I'VE done at the tennis?

In the 2004 Australian Open I had just bought myself a pizza and was walking in the gate of Court 3 not looking where I was going because I was looking for Kristen (who ended up being in a seat right in front of me). Anyway I fell down about 5 steps concluding with whacking the side of my head on the seat in front and twisting both ankles (and throwing 3 of my 4 slices of expensive pizza away in the process :mad: ). Kristen insists it was because I walked in right as Melzer was in the middle of a shirt change, I can definitely say she couldn't be further from the truth :lol:

First aid had to come and help me out of the aisle and recommended that I went home straight away but I desperately wanted to stay to watch Grosjean v Hrbaty which was a night match on MCA. I managed to stay til the end but had to pretty much waddle to the train station after the match because I couldn't put weight on either foot. Luckily it was my last day at the tennis for that year because I couldn't walk for 3 days!

Geez you be careful. That could have been really really nasty. But yes I agree with Kristen. If Melzer was in the middle of a shirt change, thats the reason why.

Ferrero Forever
01-27-2008, 11:09 AM
I saw a kid this year ask Michael Russell after a practice session if he could have his accreditation pass :haha:

He humoured him saying "yeah you can have my cred, my racquets..... nah sorry, i need them for my match".

The kid did ask where he would play and told him he'd go watch him later on, it was a nice exchange between them, but made me laugh.

NO WAY!!! Man I think everyone would kill for one of those. Smart kid. Some of the players are so careless with their accreditation. While I was watching Ferrer's warmup, he left his cred on a table which was an arms length from the fence. Anyone could have grabbed it easily if we tried. And I think it was Radek Stepanek who said he loses his cred 8 or 9 times per tournament:eek:

Fitz
01-27-2008, 11:21 AM
The player passes are rad. I have one from Andy M. :cool:

zicofirol
01-27-2008, 12:22 PM
Oh I forgot a good one:

In the lubbock challenger like 3 years ago I was watching a match (i frogot who where playing but I think one of them was Becker) anyway the stands are right next to the court and are small and you can hear and see everything, this lady fell in between the space of the bleachers :lol::lol::lol:(there is a space between bleacher facing different sides) the fall isnt big so I knew nothing had happned to her, but everyone heard it, luckily it was right after the point had ended and both players where heading toward the chair (which was in front of the bleachers).

When seh fell you heard a gasp and me laughing uncontrollably, the other players who where watching the match tried not to laugh but gave in, and then the two players that where playing, also started laughing :o lmao...

Bee
01-27-2008, 02:53 PM
Last year, at Nadal's evening match on RLA in Melbourne (not sure who against, perhaps Wawrinka?)... Rafa was doing his usual bottom-picking before he was about to serve. Next thing we heard a very loud, Aussie-ocker female voice yell out: "Do ya want me ta pull 'em out for ya?" !! Stunned silence for about 20 seconds, then uproarious laughter throughout the whole stadium. I must admit it was funny, but poor Rafa, I love him, he must have been extremely put off ... how does one manage to compose oneself after that?
He went on to win the match :)

Saumon
01-27-2008, 03:18 PM
NO WAY!!! Man I think everyone would kill for one of those. Smart kid. Some of the players are so careless with their accreditation. While I was watching Ferrer's warmup, he left his cred on a table which was an arms length from the fence. Anyone could have grabbed it easily if we tried. And I think it was Radek Stepanek who said he loses his cred 8 or 9 times per tournament:eek:

I'm sure fangirls keep stealing Radek's accreditations. :aplot:

Anyway I did play with Jarkko's accreditation while watching his practice session. :tape: Also Safin left his on the fridge, I was about to go collect him and try to run after him but Peter noticed it. :p


To be back on topic, the usual people who ask for an autograph and then ask the name of the player (sometimes to the player him/herself :rolleyes: ).

It was late at RG and not many players were still practicing so I was watching Flavio S. play some sort of "football" over the net with his coach. Those Guga fans dressed in the colours of Brazil come along and ask "what language is that? Spanish?" :help:

marifline
01-27-2008, 07:21 PM
I can remember a particularly annoying fan at RG. I first saw him at Benny Berthet Day. He kept yelling french tennis player names, but his voice was weird he was so into it, it made him sound like a retarded child. He was going on and on, making people feel too embarrased to cheer themselves. Some were not very happy with it and I could hear some " Shut up, enough !" The guy himself was in his own world and didn't notice anything. I could see him and he definitely looked like a child in a candy store, though he was probably 40 something. :rolleyes:
Later I heard him again on TV, always the same guy, and always with good seats, almost front row...even my dad recognised him and made a comment.

Another funny incident that happened at RG. Last year, I was watching a double Clement/Llodra against Mertinak/Pala ( from Slovakian and Czech Republic). I have to explain that Pala's name in french sounds exactly like "Not here" ("pas là ")
At some point, one of the french player - or maybe the umpire I can't remember-started talking to Pala about something, and some smartass yelled " Il peut pas t'endendre il est pas là !" " He can't hear you he's not here !" so the crowd started laughing to the excelent joke :help:
But the lame pun is not the funniest part. Pala actually did perfectly understood that and reply with a quite unfriendly tone" Really, I'm not here ?!" in french to the guy :lol:, which made the crowd burst out in laughters. "Tel est pris qui croyait prendre":angel:

Saumon
01-27-2008, 07:37 PM
How could I forget the weird people in Bercy last year.

It was quite late and most people had left. Youzhny was playing against Haas. Not so far from us there was a guy who yelled "Davai Misha!" in the very loud voice. And he was standing the whole time even though there were over 10 000 empty seats. He looked quite scary. Sometimes he would put his hands in his pants. :unsure:

But there was an even weirder girl. At first she was sitting a bit lower than us. At some point she got a book out of her bag and started reading it. After a point won by Tommy she wouldn't stop clapping and the umpire (I think it was Mo) had to tell her to stop. Then she stood up and I thought she was leaving but she went down to the level of the court, then came back up again and shook hands with a security guy. After that she moved to the other side of the court and sat down again. After a point she yelled "TOMMYYYY" and then stopped paying attention again and brought out the book again. At this point, the crowd was more interesting into her strange behaviour than into the match. Finally the security came down to kick her out and as she was going up the stairs she rose her arms into the air as if she had been arrested. :help: :cuckoo:

fedsfan1
01-27-2008, 08:50 PM
I haven't actually seen the rush when the gates open but I imagine it would look as pathetic as watching the idiots line up for hours on end for a 5 minute treatment and a bag of stuff that you could buy at Coles for not much more than the entry price :rolleyes:



The most stupid thing I'VE done at the tennis?

In the 2004 Australian Open I had just bought myself a pizza and was walking in the gate of Court 3 not looking where I was going because I was looking for Kristen (who ended up being in a seat right in front of me). Anyway I fell down about 5 steps concluding with whacking the side of my head on the seat in front and twisting both ankles (and throwing 3 of my 4 slices of expensive pizza away in the process :mad: ). Kristen insists it was because I walked in right as Melzer was in the middle of a shirt change, I can definitely say she couldn't be further from the truth :lol:

First aid had to come and help me out of the aisle and recommended that I went home straight away but I desperately wanted to stay to watch Grosjean v Hrbaty which was a night match on MCA. I managed to stay til the end but had to pretty much waddle to the train station after the match because I couldn't put weight on either foot. Luckily it was my last day at the tennis for that year because I couldn't walk for 3 days!

Thanks for this story.
I am sorry you fell & dropped your $$$ pizza but I LMAO reading that one...its classic.

I have the same stories all of you have with the kids (&adults) who say they are tennis fans but don't know who any of the players are :rolleyes:. I tend to get annoyed by this & tell them the wrong names. ;) I once had this older lady convinced that Spadea was Agassi. It was hilarious...but its one of those you had to be there moments . My mates always yell at me for this but I find it funny.

I am sure I have done my share of dumb things at matches but at the moment can't think of any.

I do remember last year during Kids Day at the USO. I was watching Federer practise w/ Koubek on LA & all those annoying kids were there with their giant tennis balls & none of them would sit sit down . They don't get it that the players wont' come over till AFTER the practise to sign autos. So this one girl in front of me w/ her brother , kept repeating ..."Federer ...come over here....Federer....FEderer...""" FOR 2 HOURS!!! I told her early on that he won't sign till after but that didn't stop her from repeating his name like 10 million times. (loud enough for him to hear this mind you)
I told her he is never going to come over to her if she didn't stop it & even her brother yelled out loud to her..."you are so annoying...you are never coming with me again..." all the while Roger sitting less than 10feet away & listening to every word & Federer she said. & what happens?? He went to the opposite side to sign when he finished & never even came near where she was standing. I just loved that he did that. & I just LMAO to this annoying girl & said..."told you so".

It just sucked for me cos I was there taking pics & I wanted some closeups of him :mad:

Metis
01-28-2008, 03:12 AM
Another funny incident that happened at RG. Last year, I was watching a double Clement/Llodra against Mertinak/Pala ( from Slovakian and Czech Republic). I have to explain that Pala's name in french sounds exactly like "Not here" ("pas là ")
At some point, one of the french player - or maybe the umpire I can't remember-started talking to Pala about something, and some smartass yelled " Il peut pas t'endendre il est pas là !" " He can't hear you he's not here !" so the crowd started laughing to the excelent joke :help:
But the lame pun is not the funniest part. Pala actually did perfectly understood that and reply with a quite unfriendly tone" Really, I'm not here ?!" in french to the guy :lol:, which made the crowd burst out in laughters. "Tel est pris qui croyait prendre":angel:

:haha:

I think if I were Pala I would have have found that hilarious.

Fitz
01-28-2008, 03:45 AM
This (http://cgi.ebay.com/Novak-Djokovic-s-Australian-Open-2008-Winning-T-shirt_W0QQitemZ200195869672QQihZ010QQcategoryZ2917 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) irritates me and proves why athletes are losing faith in signing autographs and giving back to the fans.

Kristen
01-28-2008, 04:01 AM
This (http://cgi.ebay.com/Novak-Djokovic-s-Australian-Open-2008-Winning-T-shirt_W0QQitemZ200195869672QQihZ010QQcategoryZ2917 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) irritates me and proves why athletes are losing faith in signing autographs and giving back to the fans.Sometimes I wish it was possible to 'bad rep' on eBay. That probably makes me sound really nerdy but it's true :shrug:

krystlel
01-28-2008, 04:17 AM
$5,000 for an autographed shirt? :rolleyes: I wonder what the bidding history for that will look like. Can't imagine anyone wanting to buy that although it only takes one silly (rich) person to bid for that.

Peta Pan
01-28-2008, 04:21 AM
$5,000 for an autographed shirt? :rolleyes: I wonder what the bidding history for that will look like. Can't imagine anyone wanting to buy that although it only takes one silly (rich) person to bid for that.

It ain't even autographed ;)

Stupid bitch just caught it and wants to sell it. $5000 is grossly overpriced. I wouldn't expect anyone to pay that kind of money for it.

Fitz
01-28-2008, 04:29 AM
It ain't even autographed ;)

Stupid bitch just caught it and wants to sell it. $5000 is grossly overpriced. I wouldn't expect anyone to pay that kind of money for it.

It's like one of those Mastercard commercials. Australian Open Finals ticket, $150. 2 Sodas, $10. Catching the champions shirt, priceless. Dumb bitch. I'd keep the shirt and have it framed!

krystlel
01-28-2008, 04:37 AM
Ok, I thought the black dots looked like a signature without looking at it closely.

How would you even be able to prove to anyone that it was handed out by Djokovic at the AO final, unless if they miraculously took a picture of him throwing it up? You could just buy one in the shop, then exercise in it to get some sweat on it.

Fitz
01-28-2008, 04:39 AM
I guess someone would have to pull a strand out of Novak's hair, then do a DNA test on it with the sweat and fingerprints from the shirt :lol:

Fee
01-28-2008, 05:30 AM
Did he even take his shirt off after the final? I thought for once he kept it on?

LleytonMonfils
01-28-2008, 05:36 AM
Did he even take his shirt off after the final? I thought for once he kept it on?

Yea I don't remember him taking it off at all. Could be a fraud? Feedback score is only 21.

Lee
01-28-2008, 05:39 AM
Men's locker room thief strikes again. He only took off his shirt after his was in player's area with his family.

Fee
01-28-2008, 05:41 AM
What about changeovers or between sets? They always went to commercial here. Is it at all possible he took a sweaty shirt out of his bag and threw it up there? TTC showed him walking off court and I only saw him signing things.

Lee
01-28-2008, 05:45 AM
What about changeovers or between sets? They always went to commercial here. Is it at all possible he took a sweaty shirt out of his bag and threw it up there? TTC showed him walking off court and I only saw him signing things.

I never saw players threw their used shirts during changeover. That would be REALLY obnoxious, no?

I saw him walked off court and once got inside, there was picture taken with some special fans in the tunnel, that's why he still had his shirt on.

Fee
01-28-2008, 05:53 AM
No, I mean did he change his shirt during the match, which would mean he had an extra dirty shirt that he could throw into the crowd later when it was over.

Peta Pan
01-28-2008, 05:53 AM
I never saw players threw their used shirts during changeover. That would be REALLY obnoxious, no?

I saw him walked off court and once got inside, there was picture taken with some special fans in the tunnel, that's why he still had his shirt on.

No, no she means did he take one out of his bag from earlier AFTER the match and throw it into the crowd?

Fitz
01-28-2008, 05:55 AM
I'm thinking that it may be a shirt from a previous match but it is still a fradulent listing. I don't recall him throwing one up after the match and I looked through the news agencies and don't see any of him throwing a shirt up to the crowd. I can't see him giving out the shirt he wore on match point to win his first grand slam.

Or yeah, it very well could have been one that he had in his bag but it's not the same as getting the shirt thrown up after matchpoint like he has done in previous matches/tournaments.

Allure
01-28-2008, 05:55 AM
I was at the SAP Open 2006 and Hewitt was playing Murray. Hewitt won the first set then lost the 2nd. During the third, some kid kept saying Hewitt is gonna lose with a smirk on his face, looking at one Hewitt fan. That kid was really obnoxious and I was furious because I was a Hewitt fan then.

Jlee
01-28-2008, 06:00 AM
I'm pretty sure Djoko left his shirt on :lol:

My experiences...

The most annoying thing is obviously people who don't know the players. At the 2006 USO (during the washout Labor Day Weekend) I was standing in the light drizzle waiting for players to come out and hit...probably 10 or so came out and like nobody in the crowd knew who any of them were except for me. It got to the point where one would come out, the crowd would look at me, and I would say their name. lol. It was fun to be an expert...but some of the people were so obvious! This one kid got Tursunov's signature and asked me who he was again and seemed really excited when I told him...even though he didn't recognize him lol.

The most annoying thing though was when I was at Agassi's last match (which I watched to the end) and this annoying 50 year old woman was sitting behind me literally saying COME ON after every shot he hit. When he lost she was a complete mess and had to leave, then when she came back and Roddick was playing Verdasco she became OBSESSED with Fernando. She kept talking about how beautiful he was and asking me a million questions about where he was from, why she had never heard of him...etc.

Lee
01-28-2008, 06:03 AM
No, I mean did he change his shirt during the match, which would mean he had an extra dirty shirt that he could throw into the crowd later when it was over.

No, no she means did he take one out of his bag from earlier AFTER the match and throw it into the crowd?

Sorry for the misunderstanding. But taking out a dirty shirt from your bag and threw it to fans while keeping the one on sounds more weird to me :lol:

NinaNina19
01-28-2008, 06:18 AM
This isn't really stupid but there was this kid when I was waiting outside the practice courts that kept whining about how he was not in the front of the line. People were waiting for Roddick to come out and he kept screaming "Where's Andy, I want to get Andy's autograph. Is he coming out?" over and over again for an entire hour despie everyone telling him to shut up because Roddick was clearly not coming out.
In response to people who said Maria was bitchy, I remember when Sharapova came out she signed like 4 autographs and left. And she did it with an extremely pissed look on her face. I know it gets annoying but if you're going to bother to do it at least sign like 7 or 8. Granted she did look better in person though.
I also hate those people who spend the whole day waiting outside the practice courts trying to get autographs instead of actually watching the matches. This one guy had autographs all over his face and claimed he had been standing at the front of the line by the practice courts all day. I mean seriously, what's the point? I admit I waited a while to get some autographs but not for an hour+. In the end I managed to get Djokovic's autograph and Youzhny's.
Also idiotic is those people who spend half their time getting in and out of their seats to purchase food.

Fitz
01-28-2008, 06:24 AM
I forgot to post another incident with the girl who asked Jamie Murray to hold her baby for a picture. When Tommy Robredo came out, she asked him for a racket. And then he said he needed them for his next practice. She then randomly said, "well just to let you know, your underwear is showing." :help: I almost barfed up my drink after the comment :tape: I don't even want to know what she requested to other players. Between that comment and asking Jamie to hold her baby for a picture, was just so out there. I worried that the baby would poop when Jamie held her. :rolls:

Fee
01-28-2008, 07:14 AM
Fitz! I completely forgot about Jamie Murray and the baby! :lol: That was one of the strangest things I had ever seen at a tournament, but Jamie was soooo good about it. That couple actually posts on another forum and was asking all kinds of questions about going to a tournament with a baby the week before, and then posted their story about Jamie the week after. I think they got some other player to take a photo as well.

CooCooCachoo
01-28-2008, 07:20 AM
Fitz! I completely forgot about Jamie Murray and the baby! :lol: That was one of the strangest things I had ever seen at a tournament, but Jamie was soooo good about it. That couple actually posts on another forum and was asking all kinds of questions about going to a tournament with a baby the week before, and then posted their story about Jamie the week after. I think they got some other player to take a photo as well.

I have seen worse.

At a couple of tournaments (Rosmalen and Luxembourg) I have seen this woman who asked players to take a picture with her.. dog :bolt: :help:

The players didn't mind at all, by the way.

Fitz
01-28-2008, 07:30 AM
Fitz! I completely forgot about Jamie Murray and the baby! :lol: That was one of the strangest things I had ever seen at a tournament, but Jamie was soooo good about it. That couple actually posts on another forum and was asking all kinds of questions about going to a tournament with a baby the week before, and then posted their story about Jamie the week after. I think they got some other player to take a photo as well.

Yup, he was. I still can't believe she said thank you Andy though which means she didn't really want Jamie! :sad: :rolls: He was good about it. I'll have to see if he remembers the next time I see him.

A dog?!? Are you kidding? :eek:

Action Jackson
01-28-2008, 09:11 AM
I had some kid ask me for an autograph at the Aus Open about 10 years ago and I signed it as Jeff Tarango.

Saumon
01-28-2008, 09:14 AM
I had some kid ask me for an autograph at the Aus Open about 10 years ago and I signed it as Jeff Tarango.

They knew you'd become a legend on MTF. ;)

Ferrero Forever
01-28-2008, 09:54 AM
I had some kid ask me for an autograph at the Aus Open about 10 years ago and I signed it as Jeff Tarango.

Haha are you serious? You've probably left that kid thinking Tarango signed it for all these years.

Action Jackson
01-28-2008, 09:57 AM
Haha are you serious? You've probably left that kid thinking Tarango signed it for all these years.

Yes, I was watching Tarango training, cause there were too many womens matches and for some reason this kid thought I was a player and then I signed it.

Kristen
01-28-2008, 10:03 AM
Was the child blind? :p :bolt:
Perhaps you were well coordinated, in blue? I missed your blue tshirt/s this year.

The worst assumption people have made about me, and it isn't bad at all, is that I am:
-German/Austrian/Swedish
-Sister of Marach
-Wife of Jim Thomas
-Justine Henin. Remember, I signed for the loco Austrian, and got photos with Andreas! haha good times!

Smankyou
01-28-2008, 10:23 AM
-Justine Henin.
:lol:

A sweet 70 year old man asked if I was Volandri's girlfriend. I'm pretty sure I'm taller than the Italian.

Action Jackson
01-28-2008, 10:25 AM
Was the child blind? :p :bolt:
Perhaps you were well coordinated, in blue? I missed your blue tshirt/s this year.

The worst assumption people have made about me, and it isn't bad at all, is that I am:
-German/Austrian/Swedish
-Sister of Marach
-Wife of Jim Thomas
-Justine Henin. Remember, I signed for the loco Austrian, and got photos with Andreas! haha good times!

Hahaha, allez Justine.

Saumon
01-28-2008, 10:25 AM
I'm pretty sure I've already been asked if I was a relative just because I knew the name of some players. :lol:

Kristen
01-28-2008, 10:28 AM
:lol:

A sweet 70 year old man asked if I was Volandri's girlfriend. I'm pretty sure I'm taller than the Italian.:lol: Ahh... did you pretend you were? :p I filled in the Austrian guy about my training schedule, how I had won the Sydney tournament etc. I finally embraced the apparent Henin similarity.

Experimentee
01-28-2008, 10:36 AM
Theres plenty of stupid things I've heard other people say at the tennis, too many to think off the top of my head.

A lot of the time I walk past a practice court where theres a female hitting with a male, lots of people are looking at the male trying to figure out which player he is :lol:

Ferrero Forever
01-28-2008, 10:57 AM
Yeah. For some reason everyone knows the WTA players, but nobody knows the ATP players.

zicofirol
01-28-2008, 03:45 PM
I had some kid ask me for an autograph at the Aus Open about 10 years ago and I signed it as Jeff Tarango.

lmao...

In Stockholm open this year(2007, actually :eek:) I got asked two times if I was a player, but I said no.

In Stuttgart a couple of years ago I was dressed in all black and standing at the entrance of one of the side courts so some guy thought I was security :D, he showed me his ticket and I just played along and looked at it and told him to go in, haha...

cobalt60
01-28-2008, 03:50 PM
Fitz! I completely forgot about Jamie Murray and the baby! :lol: That was one of the strangest things I had ever seen at a tournament, but Jamie was soooo good about it. That couple actually posts on another forum and was asking all kinds of questions about going to a tournament with a baby the week before, and then posted their story about Jamie the week after. I think they got some other player to take a photo as well.

That is downright loony......

mir
01-28-2008, 08:01 PM
I met a photographer in Monte Carlo last year, he stayed at the same hotel and had been a tennis photographer for years. He had some crazy stories but the most funny/embaressing was the time he was taking pictures at wimbledon on centre court [ i don't remember when exactly or who was playing, I thought it was Kafelnikov].
He had been to a media party the evening before and had a few to many to drink so he had a hard time during the match. The match went on and on and at some point he couldn't stay awake and fell on court.
It was during a first serve which went in the net. The server got a let from the umpire so no harm done.
:lol:

Saumon
01-30-2008, 02:57 PM
After the 2005 RG final I was chatting with friends by the gate that is near the players lounge when Guga came out. A guy asked him for an autograph but since he didn't have any paper, he gave him his passport to sign. :retard:

Damita
01-30-2008, 03:08 PM
After the 2005 RG final I was chatting with friends by the gate that is near the players lounge when Guga came out. A guy asked him for an autograph but since he didn't have any paper, he gave him his passport to sign. :retard:
:spit:

Action Jackson
01-30-2008, 03:28 PM
Idiot fans, but funny in their own way.

Pavel vs. Andreev

One funny moment this silly Russian girl who was the whole time saying "davai Igor", even if he farted, she'd have said that. There is cheering and then it goes over the top, which this one did. Pashanski glares at her and Voinea watching Pavel came out and told her to "shut up". She was holding up play and Pavel just stopped, as he was about to serve. He said "hey I am blinded, I can not play , I am in love" looking at the fangirl right in the face.

Horna vs. Mirnyi

Lucho couldn't convert break chances, through a combination of not getting the 1st serve in at the right moment and Max hitting winning backhands down the line. Mirnyi hasn't hit 5 backhands down the line in his life let alone in one match.

After Lucho failed to capitalise on his chances and in the 9th game, there was this pissed Yank who kept heckling Lucho. He finally got the shits after being put off as he was about to serve. It worked as he went over to the umpire and said. "Are you going to get this guy out of the court or not? If not there is going to be a mess."

He played another point and lost it and the heckler was it again. "He is still here and you do nothing about it, and if you don't get him out, it will be a big mess, a big mess". Lucho loses focus and is broken and then Mirnyi serves it out 6-4.

Lucho went looking, but this guy disappeared.

reece
01-30-2008, 08:30 PM
I was at the US Open in 2005, watching Agassi vs Malisse.
This guy beside me spent the whole 5 sets saying that Agassi is a choker. He kept repeating things like "he choked", "we need a choke", "he's choking", "c'mon give us a choke", etc.
After like 3 hours or so of this I decided to film a little bit on my digital camera because I thought it was becoming ridiculous.
This is just a one minute clip, but imagine the guy was like this for 5 sets.
Download link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/fgd6nb

CooCooCachoo
01-30-2008, 10:43 PM
Yup, he was. I still can't believe she said thank you Andy though which means she didn't really want Jamie! :sad: :rolls: He was good about it. I'll have to see if he remembers the next time I see him.

A dog?!? Are you kidding? :eek:

Not kidding, no. The woman is :cuckoo: I have seen her at indoor events too, but there she can't bring her dog :lol:

CooCooCachoo
01-30-2008, 10:44 PM
Was the child blind? :p :bolt:
Perhaps you were well coordinated, in blue? I missed your blue tshirt/s this year.

The worst assumption people have made about me, and it isn't bad at all, is that I am:
-German/Austrian/Swedish
-Sister of Marach
-Wife of Jim Thomas
-Justine Henin. Remember, I signed for the loco Austrian, and got photos with Andreas! haha good times!

:rolls:

Wife of Jim Thomas. I think that's the most painful one.

Fitz
01-31-2008, 12:54 AM
I haven't been mistaken for a relative yet but some kid came up behind me and tapped my back because I had a tennis outfit on and then when I turned around, he was like "oh" and his face was so disappointed. :lol: I turned back around and just started cracking up. The only player I could ever be mistaken for is one of the Rochus brothers because I am short.

cobalt60
01-31-2008, 12:56 AM
I prefer it when tennis players do stupid things. I notice that much more.

baghdatis
01-31-2008, 06:01 AM
I was at the US Open in 2005, watching Agassi vs Malisse.
This guy beside me spent the whole 5 sets saying that Agassi is a choker. He kept repeating things like "he choked", "we need a choke", "he's choking", "c'mon give us a choke", etc.
After like 3 hours or so of this I decided to film a little bit on my digital camera because I thought it was becoming ridiculous.
This is just a one minute clip, but imagine the guy was like this for 5 sets.
Download link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/fgd6nb

:spit: That i just rediculous. What an idiot!!

Saumon
01-31-2008, 09:34 AM
I was at the US Open in 2005, watching Agassi vs Malisse.
This guy beside me spent the whole 5 sets saying that Agassi is a choker. He kept repeating things like "he choked", "we need a choke", "he's choking", "c'mon give us a choke", etc.
After like 3 hours or so of this I decided to film a little bit on my digital camera because I thought it was becoming ridiculous.
This is just a one minute clip, but imagine the guy was like this for 5 sets.
Download link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/fgd6nb

:help:

scarecrows
01-31-2008, 09:43 AM
I was at the US Open in 2005, watching Agassi vs Malisse.
This guy beside me spent the whole 5 sets saying that Agassi is a choker. He kept repeating things like "he choked", "we need a choke", "he's choking", "c'mon give us a choke", etc.
After like 3 hours or so of this I decided to film a little bit on my digital camera because I thought it was becoming ridiculous.
This is just a one minute clip, but imagine the guy was like this for 5 sets.
Download link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/fgd6nb

:haha:

with the amount of times he said "choke" I'm sure he reads MTF

Kristen
01-31-2008, 10:06 AM
I was at the US Open in 2005, watching Agassi vs Malisse.
This guy beside me spent the whole 5 sets saying that Agassi is a choker. He kept repeating things like "he choked", "we need a choke", "he's choking", "c'mon give us a choke", etc.
After like 3 hours or so of this I decided to film a little bit on my digital camera because I thought it was becoming ridiculous.
This is just a one minute clip, but imagine the guy was like this for 5 sets.
Download link: http://www.sendspace.com/file/fgd6nb
No wonder he was by himself at the match [I presume. Don't know how you put up with that]. Really needed the spectator to choke :tape: Good for you for exposing his kind to the MTF public. He kind of reminds me of Newman [from Seinfeld], from the side.

Henry Chinaski
01-31-2008, 03:09 PM
Horna vs. Mirnyi

Lucho couldn't convert break chances, through a combination of not getting the 1st serve in at the right moment and Max hitting winning backhands down the line. Mirnyi hasn't hit 5 backhands down the line in his life let alone in one match.

After Lucho failed to capitalise on his chances and in the 9th game, there was this pissed Yank who kept heckling Lucho. He finally got the shits after being put off as he was about to serve. It worked as he went over to the umpire and said. "Are you going to get this guy out of the court or not? If not there is going to be a mess."

He played another point and lost it and the heckler was it again. "He is still here and you do nothing about it, and if you don't get him out, it will be a big mess, a big mess". Lucho loses focus and is broken and then Mirnyi serves it out 6-4.

Lucho went looking, but this guy disappeared.

haha. total badass this Lucho.
I think him threatening to punch Coria's head in is my favourite ever tennis quote. Needs to regrow that beard for full effect though.

Kristen
02-04-2008, 10:18 AM
IT's not really stupid at all, but it's just one of those things you laugh at whilst watching a match. The guy who sits in the front row, but stands up during change of ends, undoubtedly to show of his sexiness. Much like the 2 female fans of the Bryan Brothers I saw many years ago, wearing 'not much', standing up between changes of ends, in the glaring sun, opposite the boys chairs. Cheering and squealing whenever a point, any point, was won. I think fangirlling / promoting self sexiness is best left away from the tennis matches, best results can be gained at the practice court.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v217/kristen4382/2005%203-Aus%20Open/fcfca75f.jpg?t=1202120091

Nathaliia
02-04-2008, 06:36 PM
I shared a lot of my own idiotic performances in the other thread, but I don't know too many (and so good) of other people.

Still, in Sopot 2003 Ferrero was a poor one. First my beautiful blonde friend took a photo with him and then she told him "vamos Moya" (she hated Ferrero). Then my other friend took an autograph from his girlfriend leaving him alone, and then when he played a Czech guy Cermak, someone was desperately shouting "Come on Cermak."

Szczecin, many years ago. Drunk male voice shouting to Vanek "I love you Jiri."

Szczecin, 2006. Kubot-Horna. In the middle of the first set, after crazy cheering, people ask us which one is from Poland.

Stockholm 2006. Simon Greul singing "I don't feel like dancing" during Lopez - Ferrer match.

Wroclaw - all the years. There's one drunk guy always chased by the security and always shouting for example "Hello Serra," "heya hey Alex Bogdanovic" - also during the points.

Wroclaw 2008 - year of the cleaners. First a cleaning woman threw away some players from the locker room in the quallies venue because she wanted to clean it, and then in Schuettler - Beck match one cleaner entered the main venue court (at least the near surrounding) during the Schuettler's service game and even when asked out by security, he refused going until he was done cleaning. The German was broken in that game. He shouted a lot.

Sopot 2005. Matkowski/Fyrstenberg - Haggard/Coetzee. The young couple sitting behind us (we're the #1 M/F supporting team that includes their family members) shouting all the time to my ear "come on Chriiiiiiis." They didn't even know Haggard in person and they were Polish. They didn't have a bet and they didn't cheer Coetzee.

Sopot 2005. Morons from public TV telling Monfils to finish Mayer in 2 quick sets because they don't have much time for broadasting.

Nathaliia
02-04-2008, 06:54 PM
Was the child blind? :p :bolt:
Perhaps you were well coordinated, in blue? I missed your blue tshirt/s this year.

The worst assumption people have made about me, and it isn't bad at all, is that I am:
-German/Austrian/Swedish
-Sister of Marach
-Wife of Jim Thomas
-Justine Henin. Remember, I signed for the loco Austrian, and got photos with Andreas! haha good times!
According to the TV commentators I am family of Gael Monfils :bolt:

Nathaliia
02-04-2008, 07:02 PM
Oh and the last one. This year in Wroclaw challenger one older guy from the staff came up to Mikhail Kukushkin using the laptop and started to shout at him that the copy machines haven't arrived yet and why Kukushkin hadn't looked up for it since it's his duty.

The guy just took the Russian for another staffman :haha:

Kalliopeia
02-05-2008, 01:01 AM
One time during an early-round Haas match at the USO, during a break between games a woman yelled from the crowd, "Marry me, Tommy!!" :lol:

There's a clip somewhere of someone doing this to Steffi Graf right in the middle of a game. What made it awesome was that she smiled and called out in reply "How much money do you make?" :lol:

My contribution: I was watching Marat Safin and David Nalbandian practice in Cincinnati last year. There is a wooden platform with covered tables by this particular court so it's a popular one. I was sitting on the steps of the platform right in front, the fence about three feet away, on Marat's end of the court. While we're sitting there watching a woman--at least in her forties--with a program on a clipboard walks up to the fence, leans over it and calls out to Marat to come over and sign her program. I mean, it wasn't during a break, he was mid-swing when she called out to him. He gave her a strange look sort of a half smile half wtf? kind of look, and kept practicing. She hung around for awhile, but finally gave up and left.

A couple of days later I see the same woman at one of Rafa Nadal's practices, bearing the same clipboard and a sign that read "RAFA SHOW US YOUR GUNS." I think she might have even shouted this out once or twice. This was the day of Rafa's match and he was very out of sorts even during practice, but mostly ignored her. I left before his practice was done to go see Gonzalez play but friends told me later that this woman hung around until he left the court and managed to get behind him, part of the throng of girls following him out and hounding him for autographs, reached over his back and shoved this sign right into his face, and he finally signed it.

Apparently this woman wandered the practice courts all week, inappropriately harassing players for autographs.

Sunset of Age
02-05-2008, 01:16 AM
Apparently this woman wandered the practice courts all week, inappropriately harassing players for autographs.

I very much pity the players for having 'fans' like that. Or should I say, 'stalkers'? Hope they always take care to have proper security surrounding them. ONE Monica Seles is enough, I'd say.

nolop
02-05-2008, 01:22 AM
An overrated guy made boring imitations on popular tennis players, not once but several times.

Kalliopeia
02-05-2008, 01:25 AM
I very much pity the players for having 'fans' like that. Or should I say, 'stalkers'? Hope they always take care to have proper security surrounding them. ONE Monica Seles is enough, I'd say.

There was definitely security by the gate for Rafa's practices. Probably for other bigger names, too, but his was the only one I noticed it at (possibly because I didn't actually see a ton of practices, I spent time at matches unless it was someone I really really liked practicing and even then I wouldn't miss a match I wanted to see for it). And when I say 'security' I mean a few kindly looking ladies in official tournament shirts. The other players had none that I noticed.

savesthedizzle
02-05-2008, 01:46 AM
Oooh I thought of another one!!!

At Toronto 2006 I was watching some practice court action before the matches started for the day. No one I really care too much about was practicing, it was pretty much just somewhere to sit. Anyway, Feliciano Lopez comes out and this woman... maybe in her early 30s is like snapping away with her camera. Then he takes off his shirt and this woman says, kinda loud, "Mmmmmm yeah. Now that's what I'm talking about." Now as he's hitting she just keeps... well... moaning and saying things like, "Mmmmm yeah... mmmmm..... a piece of heaven right there....mmmmm.....just want to lick him." etc

I was disturbed. :rolls:

cmurray
02-05-2008, 01:58 AM
Oooh I thought of another one!!!

At Toronto 2006 I was watching some practice court action before the matches started for the day. No one I really care too much about was practicing, it was pretty much just somewhere to sit. Anyway, Feliciano Lopez comes out and this woman... maybe in her early 30s is like snapping away with her camera. Then he takes off his shirt and this woman says, kinda loud, "Mmmmmm yeah. Now that's what I'm talking about." Now as he's hitting she just keeps... well... moaning and saying things like, "Mmmmm yeah... mmmmm..... a piece of heaven right there....mmmmm.....just want to lick him." etc

I was disturbed. :rolls:

I was in Toronto in 2006. :lol: Are you going this year too?

During one of the matches on Friday, somebody kept yelling "Come ON Andre!" it was Federer's match I think. Andre didn't play in Toronto in 2006. :smash:

savesthedizzle
02-05-2008, 02:13 AM
I was in Toronto in 2006. :lol: Are you going this year too?

During one of the matches on Friday, somebody kept yelling "Come ON Andre!" it was Federer's match I think. Andre didn't play in Toronto in 2006. :smash:

:rolls: Nah I'm not going this year. I went to insane amounts of tennis in 2006. I felt like I was on "the greatest road trip in sports" myself :rolls: I went to Toronto for Monday-Thursday and then drove to Cincinnati on Friday and did Cincy from Saturday-Tuesday :tape: drove back to New Jersey on Wednesday :rolls: And then I went to US Open :rolls: And that's not even counting that I went to RG and Queens that year too :tape:

But yeah, probably no Toronto this year. I'd like to though, but I have to save some vacation time off from work for the USO :)

Renaud
02-05-2008, 02:50 AM
I was in Rotterdam with a friend of mine (actually a member of MTF :p ), and Youzhny just beat Djokovic. She was holding a Russian flag but in the wrong way. So then it looked like ... the Serbian flag.
Misha saw it and asked her to put it in the right way ( I guess he didn't want to give his famous salute to the serbian flag ;) ) And the whole crowd around her had to tell her Youzhny was signaling something was wrong.... She was too busy celebrating and didn't understand what everybody meant.... :rolls:

Sunset of Age
02-05-2008, 02:54 AM
^^ That's pretty funny, indeed! :lol:

Tzar
02-05-2008, 03:14 AM
:lol: who was that? :p.

Renaud
02-05-2008, 03:18 AM
:lol: who was that? :p.

I won't tell, don't want to embarrass her more. But just know it was not Ezekiel. :p

Ferrero Forever
02-05-2008, 05:37 AM
Haha I love that story about the flag! Great Stuff.

There was one other really annoying thing concerning autographs. At Kooyong this year, the best place to get autographs from was a ledge where the players enter and exit the stadium from. One kid had one of those giant tennis balls, and he accidentaly dropped it and it hit one of the players, can't remember which one on the head, and since the ball was there he signed it and returned it to the kid. Naturally at the next match, Andy Roddick had about 10 oversized tennis balls thrown at him. He signed the first 2 or so, because I don't think he realised they were intentionally thrown at him, and then just started chucking the balls back without a signature. Some people are so rude!

There were also these 2 women, would have been aged over 20, who saw Kiefer at Kooyong and wanted an autograph just because they thought he was cute. So of course they're yelling out 'Nikolay, Nikolay, can you catch, what about a phone number?' and they threw the ball at him. Kiefer just walked off, and one of the security guards gave them the ball back. After cheering for who 'Nikolay' the whole match, they decided to get Blake's autograph just so they had something.

JimmyV
02-05-2008, 05:58 AM
One time I was at Kooyong and I bought one of those over sized tennis balls to get an autograph on, but I couldn't reach and I accidentally dropped it on a players head! He was nice though and he signed it and passed it back to me, but at the next match people just started chucking tennis balls at Roddick to sign! Pretty funny stuff.

Tzar
02-05-2008, 06:05 AM
One time I was at Kooyong and I bought one of those over sized tennis balls to get an autograph on, but I couldn't reach and I accidentally dropped it on a players head! He was nice though and he signed it and passed it back to me, but at the next match people just started chucking tennis balls at Roddick to sign! Pretty funny stuff.

:scared:

jitterbug
02-05-2008, 06:17 AM
There was one other really annoying thing concerning autographs. At Kooyong this year, the best place to get autographs from was a ledge where the players enter and exit the stadium from. One kid had one of those giant tennis balls, and he accidentaly dropped it and it hit one of the players, can't remember which one on the head, and since the ball was there he signed it and returned it to the kid. Naturally at the next match, Andy Roddick had about 10 oversized tennis balls thrown at him. He signed the first 2 or so, because I don't think he realised they were intentionally thrown at him, and then just started chucking the balls back without a signature. Some people are so rude!

One time I was at Kooyong and I bought one of those over sized tennis balls to get an autograph on, but I couldn't reach and I accidentally dropped it on a players head! He was nice though and he signed it and passed it back to me, but at the next match people just started chucking tennis balls at Roddick to sign! Pretty funny stuff.

Snap? :p

Via
02-05-2008, 07:53 AM
There were also these 2 women, would have been aged over 20, who saw Kiefer at Kooyong and wanted an autograph just because they thought he was cute. So of course they're yelling out 'Nikolay, Nikolay, can you catch, what about a phone number?' and they threw the ball at him. Kiefer just walked off, and one of the security guards gave them the ball back. After cheering for who 'Nikolay' the whole match, they decided to get Blake's autograph just so they had something.

:lol: don't you just hate if one of those 'fans' got their autographs ahead of you.... unfortunately, there are too many such people! (wasn't it great that there are guys like kiefer who aren't that polite :tape:)

Ferrero Forever
02-05-2008, 08:06 AM
:lol: don't you just hate if one of those 'fans' got their autographs ahead of you.... unfortunately, there are too many such people! (wasn't it great that there are guys like kiefer who aren't that polite :tape:)

Well in this case I wasn't after any of their autographs, but yeah I would have been pissed. I know when you've got some blonde bimbo yelling out 'Moya Moya can I get your autograph' to Juan Carlos when they've just happened to stumble upon his practise session, and I've been there the whole entire time it enrages me. Luckily JC usually signs for the kids, and only for those others who he perceives to be his actual supporters. Then the idiots go away thinking 'Moya is an asshole.'

Via
02-05-2008, 08:16 AM
Well in this case I wasn't after any of their autographs, but yeah I would have been pissed. I know when you've got some blonde bimbo yelling out 'Moya Moya can I get your autograph' to Juan Carlos when they've just happened to stumble upon his practise session, and I've been there the whole entire time it enrages me. Luckily JC usually signs for the kids, and only for those others who he perceives to be his actual supporters. Then the idiots go away thinking 'Moya is an asshole.'

i know exactly what you're saying... cos he refused to sign for me once! LOL but come to think of it, i'd rather players be more, um, discerning! :yeah: that's why i'm not that keen about those autograph sessions.

Ferrero Forever
02-05-2008, 08:32 AM
i know exactly what you're saying... cos he refused to sign for me once! LOL but come to think of it, i'd rather players be more, um, discerning! :yeah: that's why i'm not that keen about those autograph sessions.

Why did he refuse to sign for you? But yeah I agree about the autograph sessions. I usually don't worry about Fanfest at the Aus Open, because I don't see the point in queueing up for ages just to get a small scribble. I shouldn't knock it though, fanfest treated me very well this year:D It's nice for kids though

didadida
02-05-2008, 09:28 AM
I was in Rotterdam with a friend of mine (actually a member of MTF :p ), and Youzhny just beat Djokovic. She was holding a Russian flag but in the wrong way. So then it looked like ... the Serbian flag.
Misha saw it and asked her to put it in the right way ( I guess he didn't want to give his famous salute to the serbian flag ;) ) And the whole crowd around her had to tell her Youzhny was signaling something was wrong.... She was too busy celebrating and didn't understand what everybody meant.... :rolls:

:haha::haha::haha: so funny

scarecrows
02-05-2008, 09:42 AM
I was in Rotterdam with a friend of mine (actually a member of MTF :p ), and Youzhny just beat Djokovic. She was holding a Russian flag but in the wrong way. So then it looked like ... the Serbian flag.
Misha saw it and asked her to put it in the right way ( I guess he didn't want to give his famous salute to the serbian flag ;) ) And the whole crowd around her had to tell her Youzhny was signaling something was wrong.... She was too busy celebrating and didn't understand what everybody meant.... :rolls:

i watched that part but found out the next day that it was your friend :p

FedererSlam
02-05-2008, 10:06 AM
I was on Ashe once watching Agassi Baghdatis awesome night match atmosphere great. But this woman was standing up during points yelling all the time like she was possessed for Agassi - American crowd sure don't hold themselves back.

Plus this ball landed close to the line and Agassi didn't know whether to challenge so he asked the crowd. Basically the whole of Arthure Ashe told him to challenge they were so into it. So he did and it was out by a bit and the crowd just kind of laughed whilst Agassi looked pretty pissed.

Also at Wimbledon me and my 2 mates tried to start a mexican wave for clement(biggest bastard know to man)-mahut but someone said they seen on braniac u need atleast 6 people but we could only get 2 more to join in. Anyway the steward told us to stop after awhile when it blatantly wasn't going to work and got the stupid union jack guy to do all his 'cool' waves.

My tennisf riends as wlel don't even know much about tennis always asking me who everyone is saying I was obssessed cause I pointed out Yuri Sharapov and could name the last 30 WImb champs (even though people here could do it for maybe a 100 champs).

Also Federer-Henman on CC Wimbledon and someone yelled give him a break ROger which I thought was quite funny.

I seemed the only person cheering for Fed nott that he needed it as he was creaming Tim.

Via
02-05-2008, 11:37 PM
Why did he refuse to sign for you? But yeah I agree about the autograph sessions. I usually don't worry about Fanfest at the Aus Open, because I don't see the point in queueing up for ages just to get a small scribble. I shouldn't knock it though, fanfest treated me very well this year:D It's nice for kids though

well that... um :o (i've told this story many times) but anyway basically he saw that i was an opportunist and not a real fan :lol: so he just shook his head!!! but the other spanish boys sitting next to him (we were on the stands watching a qualifying match - GGL's actually) were so cool they took the photo from me and spoke something to him in spanish (possibly, don't be a d*** just sign it) so in the end he did sign a squiggle lol

but i was rather embarrassed and wished i didn't ask. there you go, we are not off-topic!

yeah you're right, those fanfests are great for kids (cos you don't really want those kids to compete with you at practice courts, right?) so it's a good thing i don't go there.

Kat!
02-06-2008, 11:11 AM
well that... um :o (i've told this story many times) but anyway basically he saw that i was an opportunist and not a real fan :lol: so he just shook his head!!! but the other spanish boys sitting next to him (we were on the stands watching a qualifying match - GGL's actually) were so cool they took the photo from me and spoke something to him in spanish (possibly, don't be a d*** just sign it) so in the end he did sign a squiggle lol

but i was rather embarrassed and wished i didn't ask. there you go, we are not off-topic!

yeah you're right, those fanfests are great for kids (cos you don't really want those kids to compete with you at practice courts, right?) so it's a good thing i don't go there.


ohh I don't think I've heard that story before ;)

I like going to fanfests, not really for autographs, but more to see him not sweaty and wearing casual clothes! :cool:

Via
02-06-2008, 10:07 PM
ohh I don't think I've heard that story before ;)

I like going to fanfests, not really for autographs, but more to see him not sweaty and wearing casual clothes! :cool:

that happened in 2005... i've had three years recounting it over and over! lol (so who have i told it to? :scratch:)

you won't miss a thing, will you? ;) how's your tennis touring this year? :angel: any stories?

Kat!
02-07-2008, 12:41 PM
that happened in 2005... i've had three years recounting it over and over! lol (so who have i told it to? :scratch:)

you won't miss a thing, will you? ;) how's your tennis touring this year? :angel: any stories?


lol, my achievement this year is that I actually made it to the Great Ocean Road, so now people won't look at me funny when I tell them I've been to Melbourne so many times but haven't been there. :P

afrOmig
02-07-2008, 12:56 PM
yeah i was at thAO too i was watching hantuchova practice on the outside courts and people were yelling out sharapova and some people would ask someone who it wasw and they wud answer "sharapova" lol dont people who go tennis know there tennis players???

i spent most of the day correcting people on who was who! lol

Saumon
02-07-2008, 01:03 PM
yeah i was at thAO too i was watching hantuchova practice on the outside courts and people were yelling out sharapova and some people would ask someone who it wasw and they wud answer "sharapova" lol dont people who go tennis know there tennis players??

I've seen people doing the same mistake at RG. :tape:

jitterbug
02-07-2008, 01:18 PM
The WTA blondes confuse me :tape: but I could never mistake Daniela for Sharapova.

afrOmig
02-07-2008, 01:36 PM
RG? u mean RICHARD Gasquet?
who did they mistake him for?

Saumon
02-07-2008, 01:36 PM
RG=Roland Garros ;)

kidnicky
02-07-2008, 06:16 PM
Oooh I thought of another one!!!

At Toronto 2006 I was watching some practice court action before the matches started for the day. No one I really care too much about was practicing, it was pretty much just somewhere to sit. Anyway, Feliciano Lopez comes out and this woman... maybe in her early 30s is like snapping away with her camera. Then he takes off his shirt and this woman says, kinda loud, "Mmmmmm yeah. Now that's what I'm talking about." Now as he's hitting she just keeps... well... moaning and saying things like, "Mmmmm yeah... mmmmm..... a piece of heaven right there....mmmmm.....just want to lick him." etc

I was disturbed. :rolls:

Jess I also was in Toronto 2006 :eek: :rolls:

and I got another one from that time, I was watching some practices when some doubles players came to practice (I'm not that good in kwowing all of them) anyway a guy that was in front of me with a Kiefer poster started to yell to one of the doubles guys "Kiefer! Kiefer!" and the only thing that was alike Kiefer was the goatee, so the doubles player looked at him and turned around (the guy was really close to the stands) so here it's goes the guy again "Kiefer! Kiefer! sign this please!" showing his poster, the doubles player looked confused like thinking what the hell is he yelling Kiefer if he is not here, so the guy kept screaming Kiefer like a hundred of times, I was about to laugh when the doubles player looked really annoyed and finally looked at the guy and yelled at him "I'M NOT KIEFER!!" ... the embarrasment face on the yelling guy was priceless :haha:

Also obviously I got the usual lost kid when I was talking to Gonzalez, the kid came running like crazy and starting screaming to Gonzalez "who are you sir!?!?" Gonzalez and I started laughing our asses off and like I was really pissed off since he interfered on my conversation :o I said really annoyed to the kid "he is Fernando Gonzalez from Chile!!" and the kid was "oh ok, can I have your autograph" :retard: Gonzalez just kept laughing and go away :lol:

NicoFan
02-07-2008, 08:18 PM
I guess Toronto 2006 had a lot of strange things going on because I saw a guy who kept asking Fernando Verdasco all about his racquet. He was like right there in poor Fer V's face. :eek: :lol: Fer was trying to run away. I got it on video. :lol:

kaylee
02-07-2008, 09:10 PM
Scream when Andy Roddick plays - sheesh sooooo annoying.

kidnicky
02-07-2008, 11:12 PM
I guess Toronto 2006 had a lot of strange things going on because I saw a guy who kept asking Fernando Verdasco all about his racquet. He was like right there in poor Fer V's face. :eek: :lol: Fer was trying to run away. I got it on video. :lol:


I remembered that one too :haha: poor Fer V even had to convert from kilos to pounds for that annoying guy :rolls:

savesthedizzle
02-07-2008, 11:17 PM
:rolls: I can't believe how many of us were there.

kidnicky
02-07-2008, 11:42 PM
if we'd only have known :rolls:

Gldngrl
02-08-2008, 06:46 AM
I had the same experience of trying to tell people at IW who were convinced it was Sharapova practising that they were indeed watching Hantuchova:lol:

During a match of Nadal's in the main stadium at IW last year, a woman three or four seats down from me was a nervous wreck for him and kept yelling at him to 'move inside the baseline!' at the most quiet times. I was embarassed for her:rolleyes:

mashamaniac
02-08-2008, 01:58 PM
During a match of Nadal's in the main stadium at IW last year, a woman three or four seats down from me was a nervous wreck for him and kept yelling at him to 'move inside the baseline!' at the most quiet times. I was embarassed for her:rolleyes:

Oooops!!! these kinda people just make the hell out of me!they don't know tennis rules so they don't keep quiet during matches and never let players focus on matches!:eek:

Ferrero Forever
02-09-2008, 05:01 AM
Scream when Andy Roddick plays - sheesh sooooo annoying.

I like Andy, and I don't mind people yelling out for their faves, but Andy appears to attract squealers. Every match you'll get girls yelling out 'we love you Andy' or holding up stupid signs declaring their love for him. And they constantly shriek at him. Whats the point?

This reminds me of another thing I hate. You get these girls who watch the better looking males for no other purpose than to check them out. I mean, don't they feel like idiots yelling out 'take your shirt off' on every point? At times I'd really hate to imagine what goes through players minds.

jitterbug
02-09-2008, 05:18 AM
This isn't as stupid as it is funny.. At the Djokovic-Bolleli match in Vodafone at the AO, Nole was about to serve when one of Bolleli's supporters launched into this looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong rant in Italian. There he was, shouting at the top of his voice, going on and on, and finished it up with: "NOW COME ON, MATE!!!" in the Aussiest of Aussie accents :lol:

The whole arena fell silent for like 2 seconds, then burst into laughter.

Via
02-09-2008, 12:18 PM
I like Andy, and I don't mind people yelling out for their faves, but Andy appears to attract squealers. Every match you'll get girls yelling out 'we love you Andy' or holding up stupid signs declaring their love for him. And they constantly shriek at him. Whats the point?

This reminds me of another thing I hate. You get these girls who watch the better looking males for no other purpose than to check them out. I mean, don't they feel like idiots yelling out 'take your shirt off' on every point? At times I'd really hate to imagine what goes through players minds.

don't you know by now? 'how many phone numbers will i collect today?' :lol:

really why don't we just ditch all those formalities of playing the stupid game and keeping scores etc, and just parade those guys around the court (shirtless of course) for all to admire and drool.

Via
02-09-2008, 12:19 PM
This isn't as stupid as it is funny.. At the Djokovic-Bolleli match in Vodafone at the AO, Nole was about to serve when one of Bolleli's supporters launched into this looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong rant in Italian. There he was, shouting at the top of his voice, going on and on, and finished it up with: "NOW COME ON, MATE!!!" in the Aussiest of Aussie accents :lol:

The whole arena fell silent for like 2 seconds, then burst into laughter.

:lol:

Kristen
02-09-2008, 12:21 PM
I like Andy, and I don't mind people yelling out for their faves, but Andy appears to attract squealers. Every match you'll get girls yelling out 'we love you Andy' or holding up stupid signs declaring their love for him. And they constantly shriek at him. Whats the point?

This reminds me of another thing I hate. You get these girls who watch the better looking males for no other purpose than to check them out. I mean, don't they feel like idiots yelling out 'take your shirt off' on every point? At times I'd really hate to imagine what goes through players minds.
lol, my friend had mentioned seeing some people in wedding dresses there for Andy :tape: I never got to see them though.

It is convenient when your player is good looking when you already like his game. I mean, I find most players attractive at least on some level... but with the ones like Jurgen, Jarkko, and particularly Oli:angel: I seem to achieve a good balance between watching and enjoying the match, and checking out the player in between points or change of ends from time to time. Works quite nicely that way...and besides, this is what practice sessions are for, to give the inner fangirl her fix. I hope that didn't sound too pervy.

I don't think I've seen too many stupid things though. My mother did try to steal every Swedish shirt the guys wore at the Wheelchair tennis recently [there were three wearing them]. lol it paid off in the end. She's so dodgy. Anyone want to borrow her for amusement / adding to ones wardrobe? :p

EDIT: Via I like your plan. FanFests and DroolFests?

jitterbug
02-09-2008, 12:27 PM
Kristen I think I'd borrow your mom for next year :p It's so hard for me to work up the nerve to ask the players for photos/autographs. I stared at Lucie Safarova for about half an hour in Sydney trying to get the courage to ask her to pose for a photo until she stared back at me. She must've thought I'm a deranged stalker :o

Kristen
02-09-2008, 12:32 PM
Well, you're welcome to her :p Or I can help, minus the embarrassment. Gosh she came in handy though. [hehe Lucie... at least she stared back and kinda forced you to initiate something. I remember when I first met Jonas I think all I said was 'photo?' whilst pointing to a camera, fighting back the fit of laughter/tears of joy. Why do tennis players turn us into absolute freaks? :shrug:]

jitterbug
02-09-2008, 12:38 PM
Well, you're welcome to her :p Or I can help, minus the embarrassment. Gosh she came in handy though. [hehe Lucie... at least she stared back and kinda forced you to initiate something. I remember when I first met Jonas I think all I said was 'photo?' whilst pointing to a camera, fighting back the fit of laughter/tears of joy. Why do tennis players turn us into absolute freaks? :shrug:]

Tell me about it :sobbing: I turned into a blethering idiot the first time I talked to Eric Butorac. I asked him whether his doubles partner 'Fish' injured his leg at the Hopman Cup. The poor guy looked so bewildered... until he figured out that I mistook his partner for Mardy Fish instead of Ashley Fisher :sobbing:

Well when Lucie stared back I chickened out and ran away to Verdasco's practice court :o

Kristen
02-09-2008, 01:12 PM
hahaha fine choice of practice court in the end though!

Ferrero Forever
02-10-2008, 05:18 AM
don't you know by now? 'how many phone numbers will i collect today?' :lol:

really why don't we just ditch all those formalities of playing the stupid game and keeping scores etc, and just parade those guys around the court (shirtless of course) for all to admire and drool.

How about just forcing the hot players to play shirtless. Because I couldn't handle seeing the likes of Radek Stepanek parading round topless. That way everyone is happy, we still get tennis, but we also get shirtless players:D (then I suppose we don't get to say 'oh I love what that players wearing' or 'oh my god whats with Hrbaty's pink shirt with the hole on the back'

We just can't win.

Ferrero Forever
02-10-2008, 05:22 AM
Tell me about it :sobbing: I turned into a blethering idiot the first time I talked to Eric Butorac. I asked him whether his doubles partner 'Fish' injured his leg at the Hopman Cup. The poor guy looked so bewildered... until he figured out that I mistook his partner for Mardy Fish instead of Ashley Fisher :sobbing:

Well when Lucie stared back I chickened out and ran away to Verdasco's practice court :o

Did you end up getting a photo with Verdasco after all of that? He's much more desireable than Lucie:D

jitterbug
02-10-2008, 05:44 AM
Did you end up getting a photo with Verdasco after all of that? He's much more desireable than Lucie:D

No, I was still traumatised :lol: I didn't dare ask any of the players for a picture together in Sydney. I remember going up to Dima after he won his first round match; all the other girls there were having their photos taken with him and I was the only one who just asked for an autograph :o

Ferrero Forever
02-10-2008, 06:15 AM
No, I was still traumatised :lol: I didn't dare ask any of the players for a picture together in Sydney. I remember going up to Dima after he won his first round match; all the other girls there were having their photos taken with him and I was the only one who just asked for an autograph :o

Haha, you should have taken the opportunity. But I get what you mean. It's just so uncomfortable asking players for photos. I think JC's come to expect it from me (I only had 4 photos taken with him within 5 days, but I only had to ask for 1 of them:D), but I had a rather awkward one with Ferrer. I asked him if me and Stacy (also on this forum) could have a photo with him, and I think I spoke too quickly for him and he's like 'sorry, I didn't understand that' and that made me a bit more uneasy, but one I repeated it he was like 'yeah of course' and when I had my photo he just threw his arm around me which I wasn't expecting, so I thought to myself 'yeah this guy is really really nice:)' I suppose it's in the job description, but I wouldn't enjoy heaps of strangers coming up to me wanting a photo.

jitterbug
02-10-2008, 06:32 AM
Haha, you should have taken the opportunity. But I get what you mean. It's just so uncomfortable asking players for photos. I think JC's come to expect it from me (I only had 4 photos taken with him within 5 days, but I only had to ask for 1 of them:D), but I had a rather awkward one with Ferrer. I asked him if me and Stacy (also on this forum) could have a photo with him, and I think I spoke too quickly for him and he's like 'sorry, I didn't understand that' and that made me a bit more uneasy, but one I repeated it he was like 'yeah of course' and when I had my photo he just threw his arm around me which I wasn't expecting, so I thought to myself 'yeah this guy is really really nice:)' I suppose it's in the job description, but I wouldn't enjoy heaps of strangers coming up to me wanting a photo.

:lol: I know, it's like they're tourist attractions instead of regular people.

I managed to get over that mental block in Melbourne :lol: I chased down ERV after he lost in the doubles - I was afraid that he'd be cranky but he was very nice about it.

Next year I will go up to Lucie and ask her for a photo together, dammit :p

Or Levy
02-10-2008, 08:19 AM
Yesterday I was at the Davis cup, and I could have easily asked Andy and Yoni for a photo, they stood there chatting with kids, signing for them, doing 'high fives' with fans. I told Andy that the match was great, etc.

But I can't bring myself to ask fellow Israelis, even if they are "Stars" for a photo, maybe if I was like, 14 or so, but at 25? Naaaa. I wouldn't have a problem if it was James Blake, Rafa, Roger... but if they are from Israel, I just don't see the point, it is difficult to explain, it makes me feel like an idiot.

Via
02-10-2008, 11:05 AM
No, I was still traumatised :lol: I didn't dare ask any of the players for a picture together in Sydney. I remember going up to Dima after he won his first round match; all the other girls there were having their photos taken with him and I was the only one who just asked for an autograph :o

hey i was also there, i also only asked for an autograph from him :p so you were not the only one!

(but i took photos of other people http://viatennis.smakdesign.com.au/vtp/vtpblog/uploaded_images/syd08_0518-765269.jpg) ;)

jitterbug
02-10-2008, 11:09 AM
I remember that Dima spent quite a long time leaning over the fence, lapping up the adoration as the fangirls one by one took turns to have their photo taken with him - like some sort of giggling conveyor belt :lol:

Via
02-10-2008, 11:14 AM
I remember that Dima spent quite a long time leaning over the fence, lapping up the adoration as the fangirls one by one took turns to have their photo taken with him - like some sort of giggling conveyor belt :lol:

yup that was the longest post-match photo session i had seen in sydney :D

so much love and goodwill around ... guess that's why he needed to win the whole thing :lol:

Gldngrl
02-10-2008, 08:01 PM
It's one thing to pose for pics if the player volunteers to do it, but throwing yourself at a player and putting your hands all over him for a pic is another entirely. I was taking pictures of Nadal working his way throw the insane crowd outside his practice court at IW, when suddenly this woman shoved her way up to him and plastered herself against him, hands on his chest without even asking permission, while her friend took the pic:rolleyes: The look on his face was priceless:lol:

~*BGT*~
02-10-2008, 08:29 PM
It's one thing to pose for pics if the player volunteers to do it, but throwing yourself at a player and putting your hands all over him for a pic is another entirely. I was taking pictures of Nadal working his way throw the insane crowd outside his practice court at IW, when suddenly this woman shoved her way up to him and plastered herself against him, hands on his chest without even asking permission, while her friend took the pic:rolleyes: The look on his face was priceless:lol:

Descibe his face plz.. :lol: That sounds like something my friend would do except she'd try to cop a feel as well. :tape: :tape:

Smankyou
02-10-2008, 11:24 PM
I'm not really a photo person and I've only ever collected one player's autograph... and of all people it just had to be feliciano lopez, didn't it? I was with a couple of girlfriends and they thought he was swoony looking so I marched straight up to him asking for an autograph. Scrambled around inside my bag looking for a pen for a while. Thought I had struck gold because I finally felt something long and tubular shaped in my bag. Pull it out and it turns out to be a tampon.

The look on his face was priceless.

jitterbug
02-10-2008, 11:43 PM
It's one thing to pose for pics if the player volunteers to do it, but throwing yourself at a player and putting your hands all over him for a pic is another entirely. I was taking pictures of Nadal working his way throw the insane crowd outside his practice court at IW, when suddenly this woman shoved her way up to him and plastered herself against him, hands on his chest without even asking permission, while her friend took the pic:rolleyes: The look on his face was priceless:lol:

At the AO some lady asked him to sign her bra :tape: a bright red, full-support affair. It was after his practice before the match against Tsonga. He didn't look at the woman when he was signing it but after she left he looked up and checked her out. They showed the clip on TV a couple of times :lol: :o

Ferrero Forever
02-11-2008, 12:12 AM
I'm not really a photo person and I've only ever collected one player's autograph... and of all people it just had to be feliciano lopez, didn't it? I was with a couple of girlfriends and they thought he was swoony looking so I marched straight up to him asking for an autograph. Scrambled around inside my bag looking for a pen for a while. Thought I had struck gold because I finally felt something long and tubular shaped in my bag. Pull it out and it turns out to be a tampon.

The look on his face was priceless.

NO WAY!!! That would be have been so embarassing, but I would have loved to have seen Feliciano's face.

Kat!
02-11-2008, 03:25 AM
I'm not really a photo person and I've only ever collected one player's autograph... and of all people it just had to be feliciano lopez, didn't it? I was with a couple of girlfriends and they thought he was swoony looking so I marched straight up to him asking for an autograph. Scrambled around inside my bag looking for a pen for a while. Thought I had struck gold because I finally felt something long and tubular shaped in my bag. Pull it out and it turns out to be a tampon.

The look on his face was priceless.


:yeah: This should be in the "Times you've embarassed yourself in front of a player" thread!

gusman890
02-11-2008, 05:32 AM
See Vince Spadea hit on 20 year old girls selling purses at a booth in New Haven.

~*BGT*~
02-11-2008, 06:57 AM
^^^ :lol:

Smankyou
02-11-2008, 07:09 AM
:yeah: This should be in the "Times you've embarassed yourself in front of a player" thread!
:lol: I'm not really on the ball today. Bloody Mondays.

clandis
02-11-2008, 07:53 AM
See Vince Spadea hit on 20 year old girls selling purses at a booth in New Haven.

It must be the only way for him to get attention. He was hitting on the salesgirls at Cincinnati last year. Truly as repulsive in person as in pictures. I just wanted to get away from him, and felt sorry for the girls who were working because they couldn't leave.:sad:

Magenta
02-11-2008, 08:39 AM
This isn't as stupid as it is funny.. At the Djokovic-Bolleli match in Vodafone at the AO, Nole was about to serve when one of Bolleli's supporters launched into this looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong rant in Italian. There he was, shouting at the top of his voice, going on and on, and finished it up with: "NOW COME ON, MATE!!!" in the Aussiest of Aussie accents :lol:

The whole arena fell silent for like 2 seconds, then burst into laughter.

:haha:

That was a classic. That guy gave Bolleli a full blown lecture on Court, I was kinda suprised the umpire didn't interrupt.

I'm pretty sure I had a whole list of things that annoyed me during the tennis, but only one comes to mind. There was an old dude behind us during Safin's first round match, somewhere mid-match he randomly interrupts our conversation and asks whether I would sleep with Marat Safin!!?! :unsure: He prodded with other, awkward, stupid comments/questions for 20 minutes until he got the hint.

jitterbug
02-11-2008, 08:46 AM
:haha:

That was a classic. That guy gave Bolleli a full blown lecture on Court, I was kinda suprised the umpire didn't interrupt.

I'm pretty sure I had a whole list of things that annoyed me during the tennis, but only one comes to mind. There was an old dude behind us during Safin's first round match, somewhere mid-match he randomly interrupts our conversation and asks whether I would sleep with Marat Safin!!?! :unsure: He prodded with other, awkward, stupid comments/questions for 20 minutes until he got the hint.

He was hitting on you :p

I didn't find him as bad as the two middle-aged Safin fangirls sitting in front of us. They kept shooting evil, poisonous glares every time we so much as clapped. By the middle of the match I was so annoyed that I mouthed: "FAT WHORE." the next time they turned around.

They left at the next changeover, thank goodness.

Magenta
02-11-2008, 09:16 AM
He was hitting on you :p

I didn't find him as bad as the two middle-aged Safin fangirls sitting in front of us. They kept shooting evil, poisonous glares every time we so much as clapped. By the middle of the match I was so annoyed that I mouthed: "FAT WHORE." the next time they turned around.

They left at the next changeover, thank goodness.

Yeah those "girls", epitomy of tennis etiquette :lol:

I noticed the girl on my right giving off similar sentiments, everytime I clapped for Ernests she would clap harder for Safin :retard:

I also had a couple of healthy screaming matches with some Spaniards, but that was all class.

Okay now I remember what annoyed me, at a Tipsarevic match there was this 14 year old tard screaming the most obnoxious thing "Wooohoooo, you sexy beast", "Don't worry Janko, at least you're hotter than him", "You're so sexy when you serve".

hope11
02-11-2008, 12:45 PM
Sorry this first one is WTA but it was pretty funny. At this year's AO I was watching Venus Williams. It was a pretty tight set and people were yelling very passionately for each player. (Sorry i can't remember who she was playing) Anyway someone yells "Come on Serena!" Many people in Vodafone Arena either laughed or gasped.

Also at this year's AO I was at MC Arena, Michael Russell was playing James Blake. Blake was winning pretty easily. So towards the end when the match was almost over some young Aussie kid yells out "At least you have hair Russell!" It was pretty funny but James got very upset, you could tell by his face. The next play James made a huge leaping overhead shot as hard as he could, you could just tell it was in response to the comment.

Or Levy
02-11-2008, 02:33 PM
I thought James shaved his head because he liked the way it looks, not because he got bald.

cmurray
02-11-2008, 08:41 PM
ah. Vinnay Ice. :worship: :haha:

He wears his diploma on his feet, you know. :angel:

cmurray
02-11-2008, 08:46 PM
I forgot one. Also in Toronto in 2006 - Murray was riding around in a golf cart with Gilbert. I don't know where they were going, but there was a girl...perhaps 17 or so???? chasing him with a tennis ball and a sharpie saying "Andy! Wait! Please sign this!" And in true Murray style, he didn't even pretend not to hear her, which most players would. He was OPENLY laughing. Do people have no shame?

kaylee
02-11-2008, 08:49 PM
Sigh sadly they do not.

hope11
02-11-2008, 10:27 PM
I thought James shaved his head because he liked the way it looks, not because he got bald.


Yeah sorry, you are correct. :) That is why I thought it was a funny/silly/stupid comment. James shaved his head so he wouldn't be defined by his hair. It was called a million dollar haircut because his agent said he lost about a million dollars in sponsorship because he cut his hair.... I think James maybe was mad because it was such a stupid comment. Especially since like you said he decided to shave his head not because he was losing hair.

Ferrero Forever
02-11-2008, 10:34 PM
I forgot one. Also in Toronto in 2006 - Murray was riding around in a golf cart with Gilbert. I don't know where they were going, but there was a girl...perhaps 17 or so???? chasing him with a tennis ball and a sharpie saying "Andy! Wait! Please sign this!" And in true Murray style, he didn't even pretend not to hear her, which most players would. He was OPENLY laughing. Do people have no shame?

I think I might like Murray that little bit more now.

cmurray
02-11-2008, 10:36 PM
I think I might like Murray that little bit more now.

It was pretty funny. I'd have been laughing myself if I wasn't so embarrassed for that girl. :rolleyes:

NinaNina19
02-11-2008, 10:43 PM
I forgot one. Also in Toronto in 2006 - Murray was riding around in a golf cart with Gilbert. I don't know where they were going, but there was a girl...perhaps 17 or so???? chasing him with a tennis ball and a sharpie saying "Andy! Wait! Please sign this!" And in true Murray style, he didn't even pretend not to hear her, which most players would. He was OPENLY laughing. Do people have no shame?
Some people have no dignity. Lol at Andy though.

Kristen
02-12-2008, 05:44 AM
This (http://cgi.ebay.com/Novak-Djokovic-s-Australian-Open-2008-Winning-T-shirt_W0QQitemZ200195869672QQihZ010QQcategoryZ2917 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem) irritates me and proves why athletes are losing faith in signing autographs and giving back to the fans.Nice to see it didn't sell.

Sunset of Age
02-12-2008, 03:13 PM
I forgot one. Also in Toronto in 2006 - Murray was riding around in a golf cart with Gilbert. I don't know where they were going, but there was a girl...perhaps 17 or so???? chasing him with a tennis ball and a sharpie saying "Andy! Wait! Please sign this!" And in true Murray style, he didn't even pretend not to hear her, which most players would. He was OPENLY laughing. Do people have no shame?

:lol: Andy :yeah:

Good way to deal with fans like that.

Fitz
02-23-2008, 10:57 PM
So in Delray, I was sitting in an umpires chair taking pictures of Knowlzee and this guy who is supposed to be a coach was hitting with a girl on the court behind us. When they finished, I could hear him talking to the girl and he kept saying watch Daniel volley. He has such quick hands. :tape: Finally, after the 5th time he said Daniel, I turned around and said, his name is Mark. And the guy said, no, it's Daniel. I just turned around and started laughing. Mark looked up and asked me, "what's so funny?" and I said nothing, I just got sunscreen in my eye. :lol: Then when Mark finished, the coach was still there and said, "congrats on winning that one tournament in November. That was a big one wasn't it?" And all Mark said was, "thank you." and smiled. Then the guy had the nerve to ask for an autograph. Good thing the idiot didn't say thank you Daniel. :help:

Nathaliia
02-24-2008, 12:13 AM
Now that Felix Mantilla's topic was brought up, I reminded myself one tool from the "biggest VIPs" lounge threw a glass bottle that landed next to Mantilla.

Sopot 2005

CooCooCachoo
02-24-2008, 07:35 AM
Ah. Rotterdam saw this frigid girl :cuckoo: She was dressed in a red/yellow top to resemble the Spanish flag. She said she was there to support all Spanish players :haha: Then when Tommy Robredo comes practising, she asked us who he was :cuckoo: And then afterwards she takes a picture with him, even though she didn't know him :confused:

She also kept asking if we had seen Feli Lopez :smash: Then, at his match, she hardly could handle the pressure and when he had lost to Gilles Simon, she was in genuine tears.

But I heard she was even worse on Monday when Lopez/Verdasco lost their doubles match and she was wearing an allegedly even more enticing outfit.

Ferrero Forever
02-24-2008, 07:46 AM
Ah. Rotterdam saw this frigid girl :cuckoo: She was dressed in a red/yellow top to resemble the Spanish flag. She said she was there to support all Spanish players :haha: Then when Tommy Robredo comes practising, she asked us who he was :cuckoo: And then afterwards she takes a picture with him, even though she didn't know him :confused:

She also kept asking if we had seen Feli Lopez :smash: Then, at his match, she hardly could handle the pressure and when he had lost to Gilles Simon, he was in genuine tears.

But I heard she was even worse on Monday when Lopez/Verdasco lost their doubles match and she was wearing an allegedly even more enticing outfit.

Haha yeah thats quite funny. 'I love the Spanish players, but who on earth is Tommy Robredo?'

WatchOut
02-24-2008, 10:36 AM
I remember once when one lady in Umag, she was like 60, started to yell Ajde or something everytime Djokovic won a point n his 1R match. And she was sitting right in front of me and jumped of the chair all the time and yelling. Then, she got so behind, that she was almost lying with her head on me. And that went on and on and on.. Me and my friends try to do something all the time, but she didn't understand what we're trying to do, and kept doing it. I was laughing at the end and couldn't stop, cause she was just so annoying. And she was like 60 :lol: :eek:

Sunset of Age
02-24-2008, 04:30 PM
Ah. Rotterdam saw this frigid girl :cuckoo: She was dressed in a red/yellow top to resemble the Spanish flag. She said she was there to support all Spanish players :haha: Then when Tommy Robredo comes practising, she asked us who he was :cuckoo: And then afterwards she takes a picture with him, even though she didn't know him :confused:

She also kept asking if we had seen Feli Lopez :smash: Then, at his match, she hardly could handle the pressure and when he had lost to Gilles Simon, she was in genuine tears.

But I heard she was even worse on Monday when Lopez/Verdasco lost their doubles match and she was wearing an allegedly even more enticing outfit.

:help: :help: :help: :haha: stupid girl.

Saumon
02-25-2008, 10:09 AM
Last week in Besançon, the guy sitting next to me asks "Do you know the players?"
me: "well, yes. Chardy was a good junior, I think he won Wimbledon junior a few years ago. And Gicquel is ranked about 60th...."
him: "Oh yeah, Charby has a big serve and he goes to the net..."
me: "well, yeah... not a surprise he won Wimbledon..."
him to his friends: "Charby won Wimbledon last year or two years ago!!"
him to me: "and Gicquel, we have seen him play Roland Garros, no?"
me: "probably... he was also a finalist in Lyon and had a good run at the Us Open a couple of years ago..."
him: "but he was in Roland Garros too, no?"
me: "yeah, of course..." (he is in the top 100, he's played the US Open, of course he's played Roland Garros! )
him: "this Charby has a good potential..." :help:


When telling the schedule of play of the next day, the speaker said Kevin Kim was Thai. :retard:

During Kim vs Gicquel, a spectators kept on calling Gicquel "Roger" (Roger Gicquel is a French journalist) and his friends were the kind of people who comment every fucking point. :help:

The speaker again, insisted that Gicquel reached the final in Lyon beating Gasquet (he lost to Richard in the final). And I heard him say to the linespeople he always struggled to say "Mannarino". Of course, a few minutes later, when he said Gicquel beat him on his way to the final, he mispronounced it. :)
During the trophy ceremony of the doubles final, he tells Peya "So you've never lost in doubles here". Peya: "Actually I've lost in the semi finals once." You could read on Petzschner lips "I've never lost in doubles here". :lol:

elessar
02-25-2008, 12:36 PM
Just another story about annoying fangirls. I was in Bercy last year on wednesday for the first round matchs and sitting behind me were a group of teenage french girls with a serbian flag that read "go Novak soon to be number 1". They spent the first 20 minutes waving their flag in my face, yelling in my ears and talking about Novak's latest victory at the USO :retard:. Suffice to say they became a little subdued as the match went on :angel:

jitterbug
02-25-2008, 12:54 PM
There was a lady who sat behind me in Sydney last year during the Baghdatis-Gulbis match. She had an enormous Cyprus flag and was waving it vigorously; it kept smacking into the back of my and my friend's heads and it got pretty annoying after a while :lol: she was very lovely, though, after I told her about it, and apologised profusely :hatoff:

Sunset of Age
02-25-2008, 03:12 PM
They spent the first 20 minutes waving their flag in my face, yelling in my ears and talking about Novak's latest victory at the USO :retard:. Suffice to say they became a little subdued as the match went on :angel:

Wow. It's funny how much being a rabid fangirl can affect one's memory. :help:

Joyce_23
02-25-2008, 04:42 PM
Ah. Rotterdam saw this frigid girl :cuckoo: She was dressed in a red/yellow top to resemble the Spanish flag. She said she was there to support all Spanish players :haha: Then when Tommy Robredo comes practising, she asked us who he was :cuckoo: And then afterwards she takes a picture with him, even though she didn't know him :confused:

She also kept asking if we had seen Feli Lopez :smash: Then, at his match, she hardly could handle the pressure and when he had lost to Gilles Simon, she was in genuine tears.

But I heard she was even worse on Monday when Lopez/Verdasco lost their doubles match and she was wearing an allegedly even more enticing outfit.

If you think that was bad then you should have seen the same girl during Nadal's matches. She actually changed her clothes (the famous red/yellow top) whenever he played and wore a Spanish flamenco dress. :lol: It was pretty sad actually but at one point I found that watching her face during one of Rafa's rallies was more interesting then seeing him play. There was something seriously wrong with that girl.:eek:

AlexNYR
02-25-2008, 05:28 PM
There's some good stuff in this thread.....At the US Open, especially practices where the names of the players are not on the scoreboard, I hear some real gems. Ive heard Coria's name pronounced "Korea" after some lady was so proud of herself for having recognized him and she was so sure she was right it made me laugh (i love those people that think they know more than the people they are with but are just as clueless)and after she told me this guy was "Korea" I agreed with her and said yes, this in in fact "Korea", I had a friend tell another clueless lady that Srichaphan was pronounced "srixapan" and she believed it. I heard somebody pronounce Monfil's name "Mono-fills"

Ive heard a guy in non spanish accented english ask Brazilian guga "por favor guga" for an autograph.

Ive played dumb while elena vesnina was practicing and was overhearing people asking me and others who she was but I said I don't know..then after 30 minutes of this I yell out "nice shot elena" and you should have seen all the people that were struggling to figure out who she was looking at me at me with amazement..then i let them in on who she was.

Im sure theres hundreds more of these that ive forgotten

RogiFan88
02-25-2008, 09:26 PM
This is more an "interesting" thing other people "say":

While I was watching Hewitt beat Nadal at the TO04 R1 match on centre court, this couple behind me kept arguing non-stop about whether Nadal, whom they had never heard of at the time, was Indian, from India, as he had dark skin, somewhat "Indian" features and an Indian-sounding name.

...I never did illuminate them on Rafa's nationality, leaving them to their own little "reality". ;)

sheeter
02-26-2008, 05:07 AM
Love this thread!

alelysafina
02-26-2008, 05:18 AM
There's some good stuff in this thread.....At the US Open, especially practices where the names of the players are not on the scoreboard, I hear some real gems. Ive heard Coria's name pronounced "Korea" after some lady was so proud of herself for having recognized him and she was so sure she was right it made me laugh (i love those people that think they know more than the people they are with but are just as clueless)and after she told me this guy was "Korea" I agreed with her and said yes, this in in fact "Korea", I had a friend tell another clueless lady that Srichaphan was pronounced "srixapan" and she believed it. I heard somebody pronounce Monfil's name "Mono-fills"

Ive heard a guy in non spanish accented english ask Brazilian guga "por favor guga" for an autograph.

Ive played dumb while elena vesnina was practicing and was overhearing people asking me and others who she was but I said I don't know..then after 30 minutes of this I yell out "nice shot elena" and you should have seen all the people that were struggling to figure out who she was looking at me at me with amazement..then i let them in on who she was.

Im sure theres hundreds more of these that ive forgotten

Doesn't Guga speak Spanish though?

hope11
02-26-2008, 05:31 AM
At this years Australian Open I was watching Juan Monaco practice. There was hardly anyone watching him practice. My friend and I took a seat on the bleachers to watch him for a bit since I hadn’t seen him yet. There were always tons of people running up to the court, taking a brief look and then turning around and leaving. It was actually quite funny seeing so many people do the exact same thing. Then I heard these young kids behind me say something to the fact, “ Why doesn’t anyone want to see Nadal practice?” Then another kid responded, “Maybe Federer or Hewitt is practicing somewhere else right now.” That’s when I realized why everyone was running up to the court and then turning around. From a distance Monaco must have looked like Nadal. To be fair Monaco was wearing longer white shorts and a tight blue sleeveless shirt. Similar to something I have seen Nadal wear before. After I figured that out I couldn’t help but watch everyone come to the court and realize it wasn’t Nadal. I wonder if Monaco was wondering why everyone was quickly coming to the court and then quickly turning around? I did let the kids know that it wasn’t Nadal practicing and that it in fact was Juan Monaco. They were a bit embarrassed but I told them watch how many other people are running up to the court thinking it is Nadal also.

Ferrero Forever
02-26-2008, 08:33 AM
At this years Australian Open I was watching Juan Monaco practice. There was hardly anyone watching him practice. My friend and I took a seat on the bleachers to watch him for a bit since I hadn’t seen him yet. There were always tons of people running up to the court, taking a brief look and then turning around and leaving. It was actually quite funny seeing so many people do the exact same thing. Then I heard these young kids behind me say something to the fact, “ Why doesn’t anyone want to see Nadal practice?” Then another kid responded, “Maybe Federer or Hewitt is practicing somewhere else right now.” That’s when I realized why everyone was running up to the court and then turning around. From a distance Monaco must have looked like Nadal. To be fair Monaco was wearing longer white shorts and a tight blue sleeveless shirt. Similar to something I have seen Nadal wear before. After I figured that out I couldn’t help but watch everyone come to the court and realize it wasn’t Nadal. I wonder if Monaco was wondering why everyone was quickly coming to the court and then quickly turning around? I did let the kids know that it wasn’t Nadal practicing and that it in fact was Juan Monaco. They were a bit embarrassed but I told them watch how many other people are running up to the court thinking it is Nadal also.

Haha poor Monaco. Nobody knows who he is. Everyone was going up to him thinking he was Moya in his practise session. The same thing was happening when I watched the first set of his match against Berlocq. Everyone thought he was Rafa and walked off disappointed. Nobody knows who anybody is at the Aus Open, but I feel sorry for them in a way, because I'm like that with the WTA players. Other than the top 10 or so, I know none of them.

And RogiFan, your Rafa story is hillarious!

VolandriFan
02-26-2008, 08:54 AM
From a distance I thought Sophie Ferguson was Alicia Molik, so I went up for an autograph with Alicia's photo out, then quickly walked away when I got close enough to realise who it really was. :o

hope11
02-26-2008, 09:16 AM
Haha poor Monaco. Nobody knows who he is. Everyone was going up to him thinking he was Moya in his practise session. The same thing was happening when I watched the first set of his match against Berlocq. Everyone thought he was Rafa and walked off disappointed. Nobody knows who anybody is at the Aus Open, but I feel sorry for them in a way, because I'm like that with the WTA players. Other than the top 10 or so, I know none of them.

Haha, I agree. I wouldn't even know players in the top 10 for WTA. Thats why I steered clear of women's matches at the Aus Open. To save myself from embarrassment (actually I can't sit through women's matches, way too boring for me)....I also agree that a lot of people that come to grand slams are casual tennis watchers, so I can see why many people didn't know who Monaco was. However it was an entertaining phenomenon to watch so many people get excited thinking he was Nadal.

Ferrero Forever
02-26-2008, 09:19 AM
Haha, I agree. I wouldn't even know players in the top 10 for WTA. Thats why I steered clear of women's matches at the Aus Open. To save myself from embarrassment (actually I can't sit through women's matches, way too boring for me)....I also agree that a lot of people that come to grand slams are casual tennis watchers, so I can see why many people didn't know who Monaco was. However it was an entertaining phenomenon to watch so many people get excited thinking he was Nadal.

I reckon with the Aus Open, you get families who want to something to do for the day. You get groups of friends, consisting of 4 or 5 people but only one person who really likes tennis, and the rest just get dragged along. And you get a few people who are there because they enjoy the sport. Unfortunately the latter is the minority group:sad:

Or Levy
02-26-2008, 10:00 AM
It's those darned similar outfits, it can get confusing.

I'd like to think I recognize all of the top 20, probably most of the top 30 and definitly many others (especially those seeded higher in the past and slipped down the ranking.

Fitz
12-14-2008, 06:59 AM
I know someone mentioned earlier about some crazy fan girl grabbing Nadal and throwing herself at him for a photo and him having a priceless look.

Well I was in Paris and Rafa went down this line of autograph seekers until suddenly some girl yelled out out his name and demanded a photo. She pretty much yanked him to her side and handed someone her cell phone to take a photo. Her friend didn't seem to be embarrassed and joined in the photo. The face Rafa made was hilarious. I managed to get part of the reaction. :lol: :lol:

KarlyM
12-14-2008, 07:14 AM
^ Judging by the look on Rafa's face, that probably wasn't the first time he was mauled that day! :haha:

Arkulari
12-14-2008, 08:23 AM
fangirling at its worst, poor Rafa is like 5 seconds away to collapse in tiredness and this girl just grabbed him :sad:

makes me remember Elmyra from the Tiny Toons :rolleyes:

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/1517/runfromelmyraah3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

but-it's-ok
12-14-2008, 11:38 AM
The most stupid yet funny thing I have ever seen was when a fan at Nottingham was going to approach Guga to ask him to sign.....her bus ticket:lol::rolls: I gave the fan a piece of paper for him to sign instead, I wish I hadn't now:lol:

Venle
12-14-2008, 04:06 PM
At this years Australian Open I was watching Juan Monaco practice. There was hardly anyone watching him practice. My friend and I took a seat on the bleachers to watch him for a bit since I hadn’t seen him yet. There were always tons of people running up to the court, taking a brief look and then turning around and leaving. It was actually quite funny seeing so many people do the exact same thing. Then I heard these young kids behind me say something to the fact, “ Why doesn’t anyone want to see Nadal practice?” Then another kid responded, “Maybe Federer or Hewitt is practicing somewhere else right now.” That’s when I realized why everyone was running up to the court and then turning around. From a distance Monaco must have looked like Nadal. To be fair Monaco was wearing longer white shorts and a tight blue sleeveless shirt. Similar to something I have seen Nadal wear before. After I figured that out I couldn’t help but watch everyone come to the court and realize it wasn’t Nadal. I wonder if Monaco was wondering why everyone was quickly coming to the court and then quickly turning around? I did let the kids know that it wasn’t Nadal practicing and that it in fact was Juan Monaco. They were a bit embarrassed but I told them watch how many other people are running up to the court thinking it is Nadal also.

Aww, poor Juan :awww:

I'd regonize him :p

Nathaliia
12-14-2008, 06:52 PM
fangirling at its worst, poor Rafa is like 5 seconds away to collapse in tiredness and this girl just grabbed him :sad:

makes me remember Elmyra from the Tiny Toons :rolleyes:

http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/1517/runfromelmyraah3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
Perfect picture to illustrate a stupid fangirl.

Go4thaGold
12-14-2008, 08:37 PM
I know I've done some pretty dumb things when I get excited. I pretty much lose control when I know a player will be close by. When I was the US Open I kept asking security when and where the players were going to be at, just so I knew when to keep my cool.

GlennMirnyi
12-15-2008, 12:16 AM
The most stupid thing I've ever seen someone doing at a tournament is cheering for Nadull.

reggie1
12-15-2008, 03:20 PM
I reckon with the Aus Open, you get families who want to something to do for the day. You get groups of friends, consisting of 4 or 5 people but only one person who really likes tennis, and the rest just get dragged along. And you get a few people who are there because they enjoy the sport. Unfortunately the latter is the minority group:sad:

I wish this was the case with Wimbledon. I might be able to get a bloody ticket then!!!! :confused: Whenever I watch any of the other tournaments on t.v it always astounds me that there are so many empty seats. Apparently it's the same in France so I might have better luck with Roland garros.