Janko Tipsarevic apologized for cursing at noisy fans during his 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 loss to Mikhail Youzhny in the third round of the French Open.
Tipsarevic said he lashed out at courtside fans because they were being disrespectful. According to The New York Times, Tipsarevic yelled at a fan, “Are you f—ing stupid?” before chair umpire Jake Garner intervened.
“I just snapped, because you could really see they didn’t really care what the score was or even who was playing,” Tipsarevic told reporters. “They just wanted to look nice and be at the French Open. They had no respect to the players in terms of being quiet or whatever.
“So at one point I was getting ready to serve at, I think, 30-15 and one of the guys just started screaming, calling somebody to the stands.”
The match was played on Court 7, a more intimate venue compared to the vast expanse on Court Philippe Chatrier or Court Suzanne Lenglen. The fans were reportedly ejected.
“There is no excuse for my behavior,” Tipsarevic said. “I think basically the problem was that I used the F word and that was not pretty. But, on the other hand, I just snapped. It happens to everyone.”
The lesson learned here: Be alert and pay attention when you’re sitting courtside at a Tipsarevic match. Last year in Tokyo, he had to wake up a sleeping fan.