Stan Wawrinka tells apparently ‘drunk’ fan at U.S. Open to ‘Shut up, man!’ (video)
Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka had a rough go of it during a late-night match against Thomaz Bellucci, once yelling at himself and later yelling at a fan he deemed to be “drunk.”
The No. 3-seeded Wawrinka ultimately prevailed in a match that went into the wee hours of Thursday morning, beating the 91st-ranked Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (1).
With the match lasting until after 12:30 a.m., fans in the Flushing Meadows stands were afforded plenty of time apparently to imbibe on adult beverages, perhaps excessively in some instances.
At least one fan got under Wawrinka’s skin, as his or her yammering prompted the tennis player to yell, “Shut up, man! Seriously, shut up.”
This outburst came after Wawrinka chastised himself for his game getting loose after taking a two-set lead, reportedly muttering “Too many mistakes!” in a on-court self-critique.
The 29-year-old Swiss star spoke about how he felt the need to tell a fan to “Shut up!” afterward, and it was clear that he was in far better spirits in light of his victory.
“At the end of the day, they start to get a little bit drunk,” Wawrinka said, reportedly shaking his head and laughing, during his post-match press conference, according to a New York Post report. “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.”
Wawrinka will face 92nd-ranked Blaz Kavcic of Slovenia in his third-round match. Odds are good that once New Yorkers get word of his mini-meltdown caused by the supposedly drunk patron, the legendary “Bronx Cheers” may jump a borough and become “Queens Cheers,” as the tennis player is subjected to further jeers and catcalls from the passionate USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center crowds.