Jan 23, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
makeumyne saidSame thing happened last year. I'm convinced it'd be a better sport if they did away with the tennis entirely and just had the chair-throwing. Surviving a chair-throwing event would be deserving of hundreds of thousands of dollars, whereas hitting tennis balls hardly seems worthy.
Buckwheet saidTennis? Llalhahahah You got to be kidding.
Thirdbeach saidHere I thought it was LilTanker and Pattison in the same room.
jrsmelb saidIt's odd how these Balkan hostilities come up year after year at the Aus Open, I've never heard of it happening at other tennis events around the world.
I was there on Wednesday, Tipsarevic (Serbia) was playing Cilic (Croatia) and they scheduled the match for one of the stadium courts so they could keep the supporters separate. The players actually stopped the match on a couple of occasions to appeal to their supporters to stop abusing the opposition. Later that day near one of the outside courts where Delic (Bosnian born but now plays for USA) was playing, a group of Croatian supporters decided they wanted a piece of the action, and things got heated, there were Police and security staff following the various groups around the grounds.
Prior to yesterdays chair throwing fiasco, Delic subsequently played Djokovic (another Serb), and both players urged their supporters for calm in press conferences before the match, stating they were in fact friends! That obviously worked.
The funny thing is that most of the teenagers / young adults involved were probably born here, they seem to have inherited their refugee parents (of which there are large numbers in Melbourne) hatred for each other. I wonder if they even know what they are arguing about.
Brett_T saidBuckwheet saidTennis? Llalhahahah You got to be kidding.
I'd like to see you try and play.