Open Season: Fight Breaks Out At The U.S. Open Tennis Competition

Tennis has always struggled with the absence of crowd-pleasing violent outbursts as in hockey. The U.S. Open was able to overcome that liability this week with a full fist fight that erupted in the stands as Novak Djokovic and Philipp Petzschner watched on as spectators.

Here is the video which shows various fans demanding that the young man be thrown out of the stadium:

The fight reportedly started because the young man was swearing loudly and acting obnoxious in the stands before being confronted by a woman and her father. At one point the woman lightly slaps the man and other fans scream “throw the bum out.” If you watch this video, the man appears to continue to trash talk and eventually prompts the father (who appeared earlier to want to avoid the confrontation) to take after him. They went tumbling over two rows of seats.

If this fight started over the young man’s swearing I have no sympathy for him. There is a segment of our society who were simply raised poorly and cannot watch a sporting event without being crude and obnoxious. I know people who no longer take their kids to Philly baseball games because the crowd is often too vulgar and inappropriate for kids. Stadiums have the ability to toss out and even ban spectators who lack manners or restraint. They are better off at home watching and swearing with their friends.

What is clear is that nothing this obnoxious has been seen at the U.S. Open since John McEnroe played singles.

For fun, you can count the torts from defamation to assault to battery to battery again to battery again . . . well you get the idea. What they need is a legal commentator calling love”, “fifteen”, “thirty”, and “forty” etc. I am available.

Source: Daily Mail

43 thoughts on “Open Season: Fight Breaks Out At The U.S. Open Tennis Competition”

  1. “Its just like arguing here on the boards or in a face-to-face disagreement, I think. Its ok to have heated debate, but as soon as someone’s feelings get hurt and they have no other outlet but violence a line is crossed; things get ugly very quick.”
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    I’ve heard some arguments here that made me think I wouldn’t care to meet in a dark alley…I’m not a professional debater or arguer but I think that if you have a good argument and present it well,in the proper place, and facts truthfully….feelings should not be aroused to that level. When they are……perhaps a different look at the situation instead of a slap or a stream of pollutant muck…..

  2. Buddha,

    I don’t think most people caught when they released that album a couple of years ago.

  3. “Private property/Hippie be quiet!/Your “Peace Out” T-shirt/Could cause a riot!”

    roflol

    Thanks, Gyges. That’s a new tune for me. I had almost forgotten how much I enjoy the B-52’s.

  4. Or (because it’s Friday’s and I love the B-52s), the panic at the funplex:

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81htL22o5UM&fs=1&hl=en_US]

  5. The Bard and Mozart were just like any good entertainer: they knew how to work a crowd. ;D

  6. Oh the times oh the customs?

    Just thought I’d remind everyone that people used to riot at operas. Humanity hasn’t really changed all that much.

  7. I’ve gotta agree with James on this one.

    The “light slap” was not light in any way. She slapped the hell outta that guy. Was he rude and obnoxious? Obviously, he was, but that is never an excuse for violence(I thought we were for freedom of speech around here). Why didn’t the crowd restrain the woman after she slapped the guy, even if restraint was for her own safety(there are grown men that would have hit her in defense after being struck like that).

    I’ve got no idea what the father was doing but it did look like he was clawing at the loud-mouths eyes. That old guy probably earned himself some significant injury, too, which I would have to consider completely self-inflicted.

    Why didn’t the father and daughter just go get security? Why would they feel the need to escalate the situation with a probably drunk and antagonizing person?

    Fault lies with the ones that chose to make it physical, even if the crowd doesn’t agree.

    Its just like arguing here on the boards or in a face-to-face disagreement, I think. Its ok to have heated debate, but as soon as someone’s feelings get hurt and they have no other outlet but violence a line is crossed; things get ugly very quick.

    All that being said, I bet the guy’s friends will never let him forget the day he got in a fight with a fat lady and an elderly guy while the world watched.

  8. I have to say I agree with the general consensus here. No matter how loud and obscene the guy was its the other two that start the physical violence.

    I quit taking my kids to ball games because of the drunk & disorderly until they were in their teens. Then I used the fans as examples of what excessive drinking does to you. Not sure it helped but I hope so. We shouldn’t have to put up with this crap but it is life in the US at the dawb of a new millenium.

  9. “There is a segment of our society who were simply raised poorly and cannot watch a sporting event without being crude and obnoxious. I know people who no longer take their kids to Philly baseball games because the crowd is often too vulgar and inappropriate for kids. Stadiums have the ability to toss out and even ban spectators who lack manners or restraint.”

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    There is a huge and growing proportion of our society that is raised poorly or learning by example that being loud, obnoxious, threatening or aggressive in any of it’s uglier incarnations is what gets results and therefor must be ok.

    Both sides, IMHO, acted out of line….mostly though, where the hell WAS security? This manner of confrontation escalates, this scene got way out of hand. The discomfort level in the crowd is tangible…this is a sign of the times and everyone is going to start acting this way if general conditions don’t improve soon.

    Won’t it be fun when everyone starts acting like BP…..or Blackwater…..or Halliburton….or the Republican pundits….or the Democratic pundits….or CBS, NBC, ….oh good grief, so glad I don’t do crowded spectacles…..

  10. People who spend the ridiculous amounts to be present at sports events, for the “thrill of being there” are silly to me. I prefer my football, baseball etc. on TV, despite the announcers inanity,
    without being surrounded by a bunch of people acting out their own vicarious fantasies.

  11. Now a reason to watch tennis. It kinda reminds me of watching paint dry, but the each his own.

    Now talk about foul mouths…Where’s Marge when you need her?

  12. I hope the woman and her father go to jail and get served by that guy with a nice fat law suit.

    Should security at sporting events forces fans to act better? Definitely. It’s a disgrace that drunks and loudmouths can get away with bad behavior that isn’t suitable for children and families. That doesn’t mean people should be allowed to take matters into their own hands, however.

    I respect you a lot and enjoy your blog, Mr Turley, but it really disappoints me that you think assaulting someone repeatedly is a-okay in your book because you don’t like loudmouths. I don’t like how a lot of people act, but that doesn’t give me the right to attack them. And I just love your loaded langauge about the “light” slap. It didn’t look so light to me. But even if it were, it’s still assault. I’m sure you’d have a different take if your kid were being disruptive at say a movie and strangers thought it appropriate to “lightly” slap him in order to correct his bad behavior.

    And, no, I don’t know any of the people involved. Don’t want to, either. But your attitude and the attitudes of a lot of people I see commenting about this event infuriate me. Guess I’ll go lightly slap some people until I feel better.

  13. No matter how rude he was being, the woman and her father were the ones who attacked him. The woman slapped him without any physical provocation, and the old man attacked him when the man was sitting down. Hell, when the old man got into it, it looked like he was trying to gauge the guy’s left eye with his right thumb. If they just wanted the man to be quiet, they should have gone and gotten security themselves, rather than attack him. I’d rather represent the jerk over those two any day.

  14. I’ve always thought tennis has a lot in common with pornography.

    It’s rarely fun to watch too much of it and as a spectator sport it pales in comparison to actually playing the game.

  15. ” I know people who no longer take their kids to Philly baseball games because the crowd is often too vulgar and inappropriate for kids.” (JT)

    This a sad commentary but true. I know folks who will only take their kids if they can sit in loges so that the kids are protected from the vulgarity of the fans and the fists fights … the little boy down the street has a black eye because his father couldn’t get him out of the way of two drunks throwing punches at each other. He’s 7 years old! (Truth be told, he’s getting a lot of good mileage out of it with his fellow 7 year olds.)

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