Last night, during the 2010 U.S. Open, I was watching Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic (The Djoker)make shot after shot against German player Phillip Petzschner, and as exciting as the shot-making players were, the best thing of the night occurred in the stands–a brawl.
The camera screw didn’t show much of anything, to the disappointment of myself and other fans who’d love to have seen the distraction. And, the match carried on as if nothing happened, with little mention of the brawl, and Djokovic won, in three hard sets, as expected.
Nonetheless, since there were cameras everywhere, the brawl–between an old man, a young man and an middle-aged woman, and some white knights–was caught on camera.
Tennis is among a handful of sports including Golf and Polo, that’s considered high class, and Tennis fans are arguably some of the most polite and proper, but once in a while, stuff like last night’s brawl happens, to remind us that we shouldn’t rely too much on the stereotype of demure tennis fans.
And, what’s with Novak Djokovic? The guy, who by the way made an hilarious TMI comment last night about what’s between his legs, appears to be a magnet for tennis brawls. In Australia, 2007 and 2009, tennis fans have brawled his matches, requiring police presence, and last night, yet another Djokovic match and yet another brawl.
PS. All three brawlers have been suspended from the Open for 2 years each.