Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Del Potro Bad Mouths Murray's Mom On Court in Italy

I just finished watching Andy Murray beat Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarterfinals of this year's U.S. Open. During the match, the commentators (Ted and Jim) were mentioning how there's a lot of bad blood between the two due to a match earlier this year. Here's the video of the incident. Here's an excerpt from an article I found explaining the incident:

The soundtrack on television recordings indicated that the flare-up began during a change of ends in the second set, after Murray raised the issue of why Del Potro had not said sorry after drilling a ball towards his head. Murray has known Del Potro since their junior days, and they have since chatted on the internet, and so he expected an apology. But Del Potro responded by snapping that Murray and his mother had not changed, and were "always the same".

The young men raged on their chairs - tennis does seated arguments better than any other sport - with Murray insisting that Del Potro’s comment about his mother had been "unacceptable".

To read the entire story, go to this page on

The best part of the video to me is the commentators. Their solution: Just let them duke it out like hockey players. That might be one way to get more people into the stands for these early round matches.... Enjoy!

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