Stan Wawrinka Helpfully Advises Fan to ‘Shut Up’ at U.S. Open (Video)
While golf may have a reputation for being the most uptight of the major sports, tennis has always been the least forgiving of rowdy fans. In golf, five minutes of inaction is punctuated by five seconds of action, but in tennis, the ball is seemingly always in play, so fans pretty much need to be quiet the entire time, lest the players lose their focus.
Well, yesterday, a fan was getting a little rowdy at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and Stanislas Wawrinka had to put him in his place a little bit. What Wawrink said precisely was, “Shut up, man! Seriously, shut up.”
How emphatic was he? Take a look at the video and see for yourself:
He sounds pretty passionate. However, at the press conference, he was able to laugh about both the fan and his outburst. Maybe that’s because, at that point, he had won the match, so his stress level was a little lower. He offered up the following to the media (via ESPN):
“At the end of the day, they start to get a little bit drunk,” Wawrinka said at his news conference, shaking his head and chuckling. “It was OK. I had to talk to a few of them. At the end, it’s normal. … Everybody was into the match. That’s OK. It can happen.”
What did the fan say to draw his ire in the first place? We’ll never know. But I bet it was hilarious.