What a really ugly crowd looks like

Gazelle

G.O.A.T.
On a near daily basis, we get reminded by Djokovic fans of their hero overcoming the worst crowd in tennis history at the USO 2015 final. But that crowd looks docile and civilized compared to the one Michael Chang had to face at the USO 1991, when playing John McEnroe, an aging legend and American Great.

In the vid below, Chang takes on with steely determination and focus the crowd that inspired the 'planet of the apes' series.

 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
I remember that match. Good times.
By the way my Mum is my hero not an athlete i met once in whole foods. Just saying. Let the rage flo tho.:p where would we be without our Gazelle? :D
 

fedtennisphan

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On a near daily basis, we get reminded by Djokovic fans of their hero overcoming the worst crowd in tennis history at the USO 2015 final. But that crowd looks docile and civilized compared to the one Michael Chang had to face at the USO 1991, when playing John McEnroe, an aging legend and American Great.

In the vid below, Chang takes on with steely determination and focus the crowd that inspired the 'planet of the apes' series.


Djokovic fans are just hurt that Federer will always be liked. So even in victory Djokovic fans are still concerned with popularity. Sorry ************* no matter what does good or bad, he will never be more popular than Federer.
 
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Tiki-Taka

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It doesn't look docile and civilized compared to any crowd. You are just confirming that USO crowds in general are the worst in the world while also showing incapability of accepting criticism towards Fed's supporters.
 

Waspsting

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You know the irony?

I reckon the crowd behaving like they did helped Djokovic

He knew they'd be against him to begin with, especially with Federer pointedly asking for their support... that was what he was expecting

If he'd got something different from what he was expecting, it's more likely to distract him than what he actually got

Probably not too likely to distract him either way, but still

I figure the crowd behaving like they did just redoubled his resolve to disappoint them

In cricket, there's an idea it's better not to sledge (i.e. thrash talk) good players cause they tend to play better when they have something to prove and someone to prove it to

Novak Djokovic in 2015... is just about the last player I would want to p!ss off and steel up (if I wanted him to lose)... and I think that's exactly what the New York crowd ended up doing
 
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Charlie

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It doesn't look docile and civilized compared to any crowd. You are just confirming that USO crowds in general are the worst in the world while also showing incapability of accepting criticism towards Fed's supporters.
No way! :eek:
The % of annoying followers in fan bases is like 20% Federer, 80% Nadal and 90% Djokovic..
:D:D:D
 

haqq777

Legend
Wow, is it me or did Chang's serve look completely different when he was younger?
First thing that popped in my head as well. Had to go back and see a few clips from after 1991. And yeah, his serve definitely changed.

Here is a clip of him from 1996
From 1995

Much less core rotation for sure.

Good eye!
 

Gazelle

G.O.A.T.
I remember that match. Good times.
By the way my Mum is my hero not an athlete i met once in whole foods. Just saying. Let the rage flo tho.:p where would we be without our Gazelle? :D
You are mistaken. This thread is mainly about Chang and the awful crowd back then. I only used Djokovic to illustrate things a bit better. But I understand that the Serb's egocentrism might be contaminating.
 

MLRoy

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I remember Vinci was originally scheduled to play Williams at night. Because of the extreme negativity those night "fans" exuded, as well as Williams's play, I didn't think she'd have a chance. When it was rained-out, and rescheduled for the daytime, I thought she'd have a much better chance to beat her.

Anyone remember this classic? "I'M A NICE GUY, SO F*CK YOU!"
 
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PDJ

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I remember Vinci was originally scheduled to play Williams at night. Because of the extreme negativity those night "fans" exuded, as well as Williams's play, I didn't think she'd have a chance. When it was rained-out, and rescheduled for the daytime, I thought she'd have a much better chance to beat her.

Anyone remember this classic? "I'M A NICE GUY, SO F*CK YOU!"
I think the Williams/Vinci match showed the USO crowd in a good light: Williams going for the GS in front of a home crowd AND yet they had completely embraced Vinci by the end - the mood changed when Vinci after one rally and a great shot raised her hands and appeared to mouth something like "what about me".... This could have been perceived as arrogant but not at all, indeed the under dog received a great deal of support and an ovation at the end, plus huge cheers during her on court interview.
 

MLRoy

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I think the Williams/Vinci match showed the USO crowd in a good light: Williams going for the GS in front of a home crowd AND yet they had completely embraced Vinci by the end - the mood changed when Vinci after one rally and a great shot raised her hands and appeared to mouth something like "what about me".... This could have been perceived as arrogant but not at all, indeed the under dog received a great deal of support and an ovation at the end, plus huge cheers during her on court interview.
I agree. I think if it hadn't been rescheduled, it would've been a different result. Williams's night matches that week, to me, had such a negative almost desperate feel to them because of the Grand Slam "fever". I don't think for a moment Vinci, win or lose, would've received the same reaction the night before. Not THAT week. But, luckily, we'll never know for sure.
 

PDJ

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I think the Williams/Vinci match showed the USO crowd in a good light: Williams going for the GS in front of a home crowd AND yet they had completely embraced Vinci by the end - the mood changed when Vinci after one rally and a great shot raised her hands and appeared to mouth something like "what about me".... This could have been perceived as arrogant but not at all, indeed the under dog received a great deal of support and an ovation at the end, plus huge cheers during her on court interview.
Cue photo @Mr.Lob :)
 

BorgCash

Legend
Happy for individuals like yourself and that "crowd" that Mike won the match.
For me and other real tennis fans does matter not that smbd win or loose but how he did it. That's the real tennis spirit, and the real geniune sport also.
May be he won the match but lost attention of many tennis fans.
 

Djokovic2011

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On a near daily basis, we get reminded by Djokovic fans of their hero overcoming the worst crowd in tennis history at the USO 2015 final. But that crowd looks docile and civilized compared to the one Michael Chang had to face at the USO 1991, when playing John McEnroe, an aging legend and American Great.

In the vid below, Chang takes on with steely determination and focus the crowd that inspired the 'planet of the apes' series.

Lol, why does it bother you so much that Djokovic fans get so annoyed by horrendous crowds? If they start acting like d1cks towards our favourite player, as if his opponent(usually Saint Roger) is somehow entitled to win, you'd better believe we're gonna call them out on it and I don't see anything wrong with that. Fans in every other sport do the exact same thing as well if they feel their guy is being treated harshly and I never see them being labelled as cry babies.
 

Fabresque

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I remember Vinci was originally scheduled to play Williams at night. Because of the extreme negativity those night "fans" exuded, as well as Williams's play, I didn't think she'd have a chance. When it was rained-out, and rescheduled for the daytime, I thought she'd have a much better chance to beat her.

Anyone remember this classic? "I'M A NICE GUY, SO F*CK YOU!"
Lmao, old **** needed to be kicked out but let’s blame the younger guy because old people are the victims...
 

skaj

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I don't know which one to choose - new your or paris crowd. I guess in the big apple they are just ignorant and common, but in the city of lights they are kind of mean spirited, which for me is worse.
 
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norcal

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Lmao, old **** needed to be kicked out but let’s blame the younger guy because old people are the victims...
No kidding, young guy was obnoxious but he was physically assaulted by the woman and the man! He was a nice guy for not fighting back (but a total ****** nozzle in general lol)
 

YellowFedBetter

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If you think these crowds were the worst ever (which don’t get me wrong they were still disgusting) than you should watch footage of pretty much anytime in the mid-late 90’s Jeff Gordon won a race.

When it becomes the norm (not just a occasional event) for a MAJORITY of the fans to make homophobic slurs and throw alcoholic beverages at a player then come back to me.
 

Gizo

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The crowds in the Paraguay-USA Davis Cup tie in 1987 in Asuncion, and in the Chile-Argentina tie in 2000 in Santiago, were crazy for tennis standards. I don't anything at the grand slams has ever come close to that.
 
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