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so much for the "polite" british crowd

Scotso
06-30-2004, 01:32 PM
they're being complete jerks... cheering madly for double faults, errors... etc.

CarnivalCarnage
06-30-2004, 01:43 PM
Oh, get over it. Ever watch a different sport?

WyveN
06-30-2004, 01:45 PM
I was with the English football crowd 2 weeks ago and by comparison the tennis crowd are angels

Neely
06-30-2004, 01:45 PM
I'm also watching this match and I don't think it's too bad. As Ancic double faulted twice to give Henman a rebreak it's obvious that they cheer and every other crowd would do the same if their favorite broke his opponent.

star
06-30-2004, 01:50 PM
I agree Neely. It's quite polite really. It's not near a rowdy Davis Cup crowd even.

WyveN
06-30-2004, 01:52 PM
Henman looks gone at this point, I expect him to win 3rd set though

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-30-2004, 01:56 PM
Well, I agree with Scotso--while I dont think they are jerks, they are not polite. I mean, they did make a lot of noise for Ancic's double faults, which isnt nice. I realize they were trying to encourage Henman though. So, it makes sense...

but anyway, I think it's funny, how they come in their face paint and flags and treat this like it is another Euro 2004 ENG vs. CRO. It's tennis-- get over it!

1 More set Ancic--piss 'em off please!

WyveN
06-30-2004, 02:06 PM
but anyway, I think it's funny, how they come in their face paint and flags and treat this like it is another Euro 2004 ENG vs. CRO. It's tennis-- get over it!


I don't like the English fans but what is wrong with them creating a good atmosphere when Tim is playing and treating it like a football match?

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-30-2004, 02:08 PM
I never said it was wrong-- I did say it was funny :)

Neely
06-30-2004, 02:11 PM
I agree Neely. It's quite polite really. It's not near a rowdy Davis Cup crowd even.
lol, Davis Cup matches, OMG... I remember some matches about a decade ago as Germany and Austria played a few Davis Cup ties away in South America and it must have been the worst crowd(s) I've ever seen in my whole life... THAT was really really very bad because it was nothing about cheering for your favorite but it was only intended to distract the opponents. Or how else should I call that if spectators shouted continously right into play while the opposing player was in the middle of his 2nd serve motion.

During a Muster match I think I can even remember that there was a point and game penalty for the home player because the crowd has gone so wild. That was really bad, it was all about intimidating the visiting players... :eek: :banghead:

Aleksa's Laydee
06-30-2004, 02:25 PM
some really dont have any court ethic....we are not all bad :p

joeb_uk
06-30-2004, 02:25 PM
english crowd is actually quite boring compared to the french.

SanTaureau Fan
06-30-2004, 02:27 PM
Are we watching the same match? They even did applaude Ancic at the end.

They weren't "cheering madly for double faults" LMAO... Just because people "cheer" after a double fault doesn't mean people were actually cheering that double fault, but just giving Henman support for the upcoming points.

joeb_uk
06-30-2004, 02:31 PM
yeah, i dont think they actually are cheering double faults. just trying to hype up tim

Scotso
06-30-2004, 02:38 PM
whether or not they were cheering FOR the double faults is irrelevant, when someone hits one, it is not "polite" to "cheer"

but it doesn't matter anyway. congrats Mario :D

whirlwind
06-30-2004, 02:41 PM
yeah, i dont think they actually are cheering double faults. just trying to hype up tim
I like your avatar :)

SanTaureau Fan
06-30-2004, 02:46 PM
whether or not they were cheering FOR the double faults is irrelevant, when someone hits one, it is not "polite" to "cheer"

Why, you've just decided so because it was against a player you find cute?

Do you seriously expect a GS crowd to be silent after a double fault when their own player is in the 1/4F and down in the match? It has nothing to do with politeness.

Frooty_Bazooty
06-30-2004, 02:47 PM
this is ridiculous, they werent cheering his double faults at all, they were cheering because he won a point. the british fans would cheer if Henman blew his nose. to say it's disrespectful to Ancic is pretty melodramatic. Anyway when Ancic won they gave him a standing ovation and he didnt look like he harboured the slightest of resentment against the crowd

tangerine_dream
06-30-2004, 02:56 PM
they're being complete jerks... cheering madly for double faults, errors... etc.

At least they don't boo players for no reason. :o

Gonzo Hates Me!
06-30-2004, 03:01 PM
i think it must be very distracting to hear cheers after you double fault, whether you feel like they are against you or just for your opponent. you know. I dont think the English crowd did a bad thing, and I am not complaining even. I sincerely just find them funny and Henman losing even funnier because they were all praying and closing their eyes, literally.

But I just think a crowd like that can make things awkward

anyway, Ancic won because it didnt bother him. More players should learn from him. He is the ultimate dream crusher!

MagoRG
06-30-2004, 04:21 PM
I missed the match, but as far as I know they´re pretty cool. Last year when Nalbandian played Henman they were very respectful (unlike the US open crowd).

*Ljubica*
06-30-2004, 04:35 PM
I missed the match, but as far as I know they´re pretty cool. Last year when Nalbandian played Henman they were very respectful (unlike the US open crowd).

:worship: I agree :worship:

Ballbuster
06-30-2004, 04:51 PM
:worship: I agree :worship:

Yes the british crowd is fine compared to the dumb American ones filled mainly with people who know nothing about tennis and just cheer for the American and any close calls they feel has to go to the american. I've been in both crowds, and trust me I respect the British much more than the Americans

MissPovaFan
06-30-2004, 05:18 PM
Yes the british crowd is fine compared to the dumb American ones filled mainly with people who know nothing about tennis and just cheer for the American and any close calls they feel has to go to the american. I've been in both crowds, and trust me I respect the British much more than the Americans

Sadly its sometimes blind faith though towards Henman etc. but I never thought he'd win it this year anyway to be honest. He lookedout of sorts at Queens and also in the 1st and 3rd rounds at Wimbledon he didnt look too good. I suppose a consolation is that it will have gained him race points and has not damaged his ATP entry ranking.

Coleburg83
06-30-2004, 05:35 PM
Oh, I bet the Aggie fans would love to hear you say that gb.

What's wrong with cheering on your countrymen?

I don't see the big problem with people taking sides in tennis, for christ's sake, in every other sport, they never cheer or clap for an opponent.

MagoRG
06-30-2004, 05:39 PM
Sadly its sometimes blind faith though towards Henman etc. but I never thought he'd win it this year anyway to be honest. He lookedout of sorts at Queens and also in the 1st and 3rd rounds at Wimbledon he didnt look too good. I suppose a consolation is that it will have gained him race points and has not damaged his ATP entry ranking.
It´s unbelieveble what pressure did to Henman. Being a dark horse he played an amzing FO. So he went to Wimby as a favourite (if he´s playing that good on clay then he´s gotta win on grass) and he dindn´t play his best...not at all.

Auscon
06-30-2004, 05:39 PM
I remember hearing McNamara having decided to not allow big clumps of aussies together at either the aus open or one of our davis cup matches we had here, to make it fairer to the other players

That was one of the dumbest things I've ever heard

It's their home game! Theyre supposed to have the crowd advantage

MissPovaFan
06-30-2004, 05:49 PM
It´s unbelieveble what pressure did to Henman. Being a dark horse he played an amzing FO. So he went to Wimby as a favourite (if he´s playing that good on clay then he´s gotta win on grass) and he dindn´t play his best...not at all.

I simply dont think Tim's serve is good enough on grass and the faster hard courts. I feel during the latter stages of his career we will find he will have more success on carpet and clay. Personally Id love to see him on the American clay as I feel that will suit his style.

Ballbuster
06-30-2004, 06:55 PM
Oh, I bet the Aggie fans would love to hear you say that gb.
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AHAHAHAHAHAA, good one, coleburg. Go ahead tell them all, I don't care.
Their probably too busy drinking or protesting gay marriage, or both. I love Aggieland, but I put tennis above everything, and I do not like American tennis crowds. :haha:

Red Lantern
06-30-2004, 07:22 PM
I don't think the British crowds can be singled out in these sorts of discussions. I'll be honest and say it gets irritating and predictable seeing the British people get behind Tim Henman once a year in their cheesy fashion- when Wimbeldon is on. The rest of the year, 90% of them don't want to know.
But it's normal to expect the host crowds getting behind ''their'' players (and being that Britain only have one real contender that sort of amplifies their hysteria) That happens in all the grand slams. And I agree with those who say that even if they did cheer when double faults were made- that is relatively tame in comparison to some of the (tennis) crowds around the world. I actually find the British crowds more 'ruder' to the William sisters then Tim's opponents- if either of them of them miss a shot, there are huge cheers. In every match. Every time. I know we all like to support an under-dog but jeez, there is a real pattern.

But it's not like all this really affects the players- unlike one example back in France- Steffi Graf vs Martina Hingis final- that was one of the few Grand Slam occasions where the crowd in my opinion really rattled a player (Martina)

MissPovaFan
06-30-2004, 07:29 PM
I don't think the British crowds can be singled out in these sorts of discussions. I'll be honest and say it gets irritating and predictable seeing the British people get behind Tim Henman once a year in their cheesy fashion- when Wimbeldon is on. The rest of the year, 90% of them don't want to know.

Yep that p!sses me off big time! I wonder where most of those fans were when Tim won Legg Mason or Paris? or when he got to the final at Indian Wells? They didnt have a clue :mad:

Leo
06-30-2004, 08:26 PM
I missed the match, but as far as I know they´re pretty cool. Last year when Nalbandian played Henman they were very respectful (unlike the US open crowd).

Yeah, but he won that match.

I think the British and Aussies are overrated for their "politeness" as an audience. They can be just as roudy and harsh as crowds from other nations.

YoursTruly
06-30-2004, 08:50 PM
Yeah but the cheering could be easily mistaken for being happy that the opponent had a fault or error while it's really because their "guy" now has a break point chance or up 40 on the game! :lol: But it's expected to cheer for errors from the other guy especially if the person you're cheering for has a big mission to accomplish and for such a long time! They'll take anything to cheer for!

CarnivalCarnage
07-01-2004, 12:30 AM
whether or not they were cheering FOR the double faults is irrelevant, when someone hits one, it is not "polite" to "cheer"

It is when it's the end of the game.

Again, get over it. Tennis should have more crowds like those that show up to watch Henman at Wimbledon.