US Open fight buzz is not what Flushing Meadows wanted. Yet the US Open fight has overshadowed the actual tennis, at least online. Of course, fights have become common on the US Open court; Serena Williams and Andy Roddick have had high profile arguments with lines judges. However, in those cases, they were only verbal brawls where no punches were thrown. In the case of the US Open fight on Thursday night, fists actually did fly between spectators.
At Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday night, a normal match between Novak Djokovic and Philipp Petzschner turned ugly in the grandstands. It all started when a woman got offended by a young man using the f-word repeatedly in the first set. But the man would not censor himself, even after the woman slapped him.
After several minutes of arguing, the US Open fight turned physical when the woman’s father got involved. He tried to shut the man up by choking him, which made the man shove him down three rows of seats. He even shoved the woman when she rushed over, triggering other fans to get involved. Djokovic and Petzschner even had to stop play during the chaos.
Eventually, the US Open fight ended with all three participants being led off in handcuffs. They were not actually arrested, but they were banned from attending any tennis matches in Flushing Meadows for three years.
Although they are not in any trouble from the police, the participants are now out to hurt each other in court. The three are filing civil harassment lawsuits against each other, not long after the evidence of their US Open fight hit YouTube.
This is the second time that ugly behavior has overshadowed tennis play this week. The first time was on the court, with Andy Roddick’s arguments over a fault call during his loss. Last year, the entire tournament was overshadowed by Serena Williams’ argument with a judge during her semifinal loss.
Bad behavior has been a big story at Flushing Meadows lately, although the US Open fight on Thursday was the most physical by far. Usually, tennis doesn’t inspire fans to fight like this, as it is more common in sports like football and soccer. But the cursing man reportedly said that he had a lot of money on the game – and would have won some if he picked Djokovic.
Flushing Meadows now has to hope this is the last US Open fight of the year, although there are still nine days left to top this. By then, fans hope the tennis will garner more buzz than any forms of fighting.
YouTube- “A fight broke out between spectators at US Open Arthur Ashe Stadium”
New York Post- “Fight night – at the US Open!”
Charlotte Observer- “Brawling fans are suing each other”