June 10, 2003

The French Open

The French turned out in huge numbers to watch the French Open last week, having tired themselves of burning the president in effigy (and I'm talking about the president of Proctor & Gamble, maker of such anti-French products as Old Spice and Secret deodorants). Yet the French seem to have a way of offending others with more than just body odor. During Serena Williams' match against Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne, the French broke a rule of tennis etiquette that only they could...they started booing Serena. While booing is perfectly acceptable in most other sports venues, tennis has long prided itself on maintaining a level of civility among competitors and fans. Unfortunatly, the French have an equally storied and treasured tradition: rudeness.

The irony of the situation is that Serena could have probably taken on every Frenchman in the audience, and not only in tennis, but this writer would pay to watch Serena locked in an Ultimate Fighting cage with Jacques Chirac. Hmmm...anyone really wondering who would emerge alive? I imagine that the only thing that Chirac can beat back effectively are the pesky phone calls of Mitterand's mistresses ("Bonjour...no..no..this is Jacques...Francois moved quite a while ago...in fact he died a few years ago..."). On a seperate note, Francois Mitterand's name is coincidentally an anagram for "Mad cretin is no fart." Interesting...

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Posted by: travis at June 11, 2003 07:07 PM

Your posting on rude fans is about 7 time zones off. You need a posting on New York fans and how they are worthless. If you want me to write it, I will.

Posted by: briant at June 22, 2003 08:23 AM

i remember the olympics in atlanta, tennis match between agassi and ferreira. if you wanna talk about bad form during a tennis match, then the americans attending that match were no better. similar to the french open match, the crowd booed everytime ferreira scored a point, and whooped and cheered everytime he made a mistake.
i think it has less to do with the nationality than type of people. unfortunatley you find uneducated plebians everywhere in the world.

i could list more, but whats the point.

admittedly the french have that certain arrogance, but by no means are they the only people who are rude or act disrespectful during a tennis match.

Posted by: k2 at February 20, 2004 04:36 AM