Chairs fly at Australian Open Tennis brawl

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    Jan 23, 2009 11:00 PM GMT
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    Jan 24, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    Same 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.
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    Jan 24, 2009 4:15 AM 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.

    Oh good point! ... icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 24, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    Pshaw! Tennis is much better!!!!!!!! What's with these Serb/Bosnian issues. Cant they keep their tension in their own freakin' country?
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    Jan 24, 2009 4:53 AM GMT
    Here I thought it was LilTanker and Pattison in the same room.


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    Jan 24, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    This is getting so ridiculous.
    Every single year icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 24, 2009 7:57 AM GMT
    Tennis? icon_lol.gif Llalhahahahicon_lol.gif You got to be kidding.
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    Jan 24, 2009 8:15 AM GMT
    Buckwheet saidTennis? icon_lol.gif Llalhahahahicon_lol.gif You got to be kidding.


    I'd like to see you try and play.
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    Jan 24, 2009 8:43 AM GMT
    Nice chair tossing technique.
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    Jan 24, 2009 9:12 AM GMT
    lol, HYPE!
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:08 AM GMT
    ugh, these things keep happening and with all the racial "australian" shit that was happening for a while its just gotten worse..

    things have sorta started dying down, but events like this can cause problems especially when alcohol is involved.

    Its sad and disgusting..
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:49 AM GMT
    Thirdbeach saidHere I thought it was LilTanker and Pattison in the same room.




    I don't throw chairs. Nor act so bad in public because my county is losing in a game. Nor was it an Aussie.
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    Jan 24, 2009 10:58 AM GMT
    It'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 outsde courts where Delic (Bosnian born but now plays for USA) was playing, a group of Croatian supporters deided 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 suporters 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.

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    Jan 24, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
    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.



    And it this kind of shit, that makes me ponder. Is multiculturalism a good thing. I remember when this was truly a safe city, and it is the refugees, making the difference. Look at Noble Park.
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    Jan 24, 2009 5:49 PM GMT
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    Buckwheet saidTennis? icon_lol.gif Llalhahahahicon_lol.gif You got to be kidding.


    I'd like to see you try and play.



    I'll stick with trap.
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    Jan 24, 2009 5:55 PM GMT
    Chairs are the new confetti! I'd drink to that! Chairs, everyone! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif