Labor Day was a day of drama at the US Open, with blustery winds, Djokovic’s 16-14 first set tiebreak vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Wozniacki’s come-from-behind win over Kuznetsova under the lights of Arthur Ashe. (Federer’s 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 beatdown of Juan Monaco – which ended well after midnight – was only dramatic if you adore watching Federer beat players down.)
Mardy Fish and Jo Wilfried Tsonga played the match of the day on Arthur Ashe today, which the Frenchman ended up winning in five: 6-4, 6-7 (5), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Mardy was fairly irritated after he dropped his first service game in the deciding set, as he lashed out at the chair umpire and/or Jo about an overenthusiastic supporter in Tsonga’s box. Mardy claims he was directing his insult at chairumpire Carlos Bernardes and not Jo, but either way he was “fired up” about the Frenchies.
Personally, I think it’s pretty hilarious that someone is calling someone else a dumbass while also admitting that he can’t speak a foreign language. It’s kind of like yelling “I don’t understand the theory of relativity, you dumbass!” at Einstein. Gentle Jo came up with his worst retort: “I don’t like you, too!” I’m sure he would have added “you stinky face!” if he spoke better English. Dumbass.
But it was hugs at the net in the end.
Mardy did his best to explain the incident in the pressroom:
“I was talking to the umpire. I probably shouldn’t have said that. Like I said, we were fired up,” Fish said.
Jo-Wilfried revealed himself to be completely unreasonable and probably a dumbass:
“I just hear he was a bit upset at somebody in my box,” Tsonga said. “So, you know, I think we are just here to play tennis. I just said, ‘Okay, I will go tell them to stop, and that’s it.’ There is no problem.”
“With Mardy, it’s all the time friendly. It’s good.”
Quotes via NYDailyNews.com
I can guarantee that Jo won’t be dealing with this kind of drama in his next match, vs. the french-speaking Roger Federer. There will be drama of some sort, however, considering Tsonga’s winning ways over Rog this season. Gulp.