Sports heckling is as American as apple pie or crystal meth. It doesn’t matter if it’s professional football, little league baseball, or two old men playing chess at the local park, we’re not doing our duty as both fans of a team and citizens of this great country if we’re not trying to get inside the kitchen of the opposition.
Typically athletes play it off like a text message from a hookup before midnight and never respond. In their eyes, the wolf might howl at the moon but never does the moon howl back. They big league them, and don’t give the harasser their 15 seconds of potential Internet viral fame. But this is tennis — where even the athletes need their 15 seconds in the public light.
Unless you’re really into the pro tennis circuit — you shouldn’t be — the name Bernard Tomic means nothing to you. A quick wikipedia search tells me he’s an Australian dude who’s never been past the quarterfinals of any major and he’s 19th in the World Tennis Rankings. Being 19th in the WTR is a lot like being the 25th ranked college football team…in DIII. You’re never hearing from them unless it’s a controversy. If Djokovic, Federer, Murray, or Nadal aren’t playing for the hardware, no one’s really watching.
Thankfully, one of the twelve people that forgot to turn off ESPN2 had DVR and caught this golden nugget during Tomic’s match yesterday at the US Open.
Something about an Australian accent that I just can’t take seriously. You could say the most vile, offensive shit right to my face and I’m just going to laugh at you every time if you sound like you’re voicing over a Foster’s commercial. Little tip for all of you that are about to say something controversial: Do it in an Aussie accent. You could be quoting Mein Kampf and people will still just think you’re a goofball Crocodile Dundee sounding motherfucker and not a racial purity advocate..
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