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spanish tennis fan: wild or not ?

Seville crowd do their worst
By Andrew Baker
(Filed: 04/12/2004)

The Spanish do not come to tennis matches to spectate. They come to join in. They do not just get behind their players: they get in the way of the opposition.

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Halfway through the third set of the match between Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick, the American moved in for a crucial volley. Just as he made contact with the ball, a spectator gave a loud yell. Roddick missed his shot, and the crowd exulted.

But the umpire was having nothing of it and ordered the point to be replayed. Outraged, the Spanish crowd pointed at the tiny contingent of American fans. It was them, they cried. The Americans pointed back. It was a playground spat involving 26,000 people, 25,700 of whom were Spanish.

Another favourite trick is the wolf-whistle in the middle of the American's service action. A particularly persistent exponent of this was a tubby little boy in the VIP seats: his mum patted him on the head after every whistle.

There was nothing unexpected about all of this. The Spanish crowds have always been rowdy, and they reserve their worst behaviour for Davis Cup finals. The Australian players were given a horrible reception in the final in Barcelona four years ago. But this is nastier. This is personal and, unfortunately, political.

Hey, the Spanish say it is just enthusiasm, and that is a quality the Spanish have in spades. While watching tennis, they simultaneously do many other things with enthusiasm. They drink, smoke, argue, snog and have lengthy and loud mobile phone conversations.

They also play the tuba or the big bass drum. It is an interesting aspect of the security operation here that police officers will X-ray something as harmless as a notebook, while admitting an entire brass band with impunity.

The stadium is bizarre enough without musical accompaniment. The matches are being played at one end of the vast, rudimentary and optimistically named Estadio Olimpico. This edifice was built in Field of Dreams style in the hope of landing the Olympics of 2004.

They built it, but the Games did not come, and Sevillans have been wondering what to do with it ever since. Their latest brainwave has been to dump several tons of clay at one end, build temporary grand stands all over the football pitch, and have the Davis Cup come to town.

Great idea. Except that it is December. And in December even in southern Spain the weather can be on the chilly side. So this was not only the largest crowd to attend a Davis Cup final but also the coldest.

And the wettest. The organisers have sensibly erected a temporary roof over the court itself, but have not extended the coverage to the cheap seats. The rain in Spain falls mainly on the mean.

The players were alright; they could run around. That was the idea, at least, but Mardy Fish stopped running about halfway through the final set of his match against Carlos Moya when he realised that no matter how much effort he put in he was never going to out- manoeuvre his opponent.

Fish likened the experience to a particularly partisan college American football game, but he felt that he was now well qualified to advise his team-mates on the conditions they were about to encounter. "If somebody has a question about the court or the fans or how it is out there," Fish said, "I'll just yell and scream as loud as I can."

3 December 2004: Spain drop Ferrero in favour of young Nadal

http://www.sport.telegraph.co.uk/spo...4/ixsport.html
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what a bitter reporter !

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perfectly normal DC crowd

just wait till US have to visit Chile, Argentina
then they will think yesterday was a snooze fest

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I've no respect them since the way they treated our Australian men players were so horrific! They're extremely rude than Parisian at Roland Garros, I'd must say.


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Yes the Spanish crowd are very loud and rude, they did the same thing to the Aussies. Its wasnt anything personal against the Americans like the writer is claiming, they are like that for everyone.
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As TBE has already said, I'm watching in on TV right now, and they're not really acting any differently to any other Davis Cup crowd. It would be loud and rude if it were a normal tennis tournament where the players were playing for and representing only themselves, but Davis Cup home crowds are expected to be vocal and loudly supportive of their players, it's nothing personal to the oppositions team, they're just supporting their country.

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I've no respect them since the way they treated our Australian men players were so horrific! They're extremely rude than Parisian at Roland Garros, I'd must say.
There are rumours (and photos, what the hell) that Aussie fans weren't too kind to Corretja last year, so, uh, I don't think any Spanish fan would take that post of yours very seriuosly.

And yeah, they are noisy, and a bit bad-behaved (I hate it whenever they clap after a first serve missing ), but I don't think it's something you won't see in any other DC match-up.

The political thing is just stupid.

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The Spanish Davis Cup crowds are saints compared to there racist football crowds

There behaviour isn't great but predictable if there was a black player for the USA playing then it'd be much worse
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The Spanish Davis Cup crowds are saints compared to there racist football crowds

There behaviour isn't great but predictable if there was a black player for the USA playing then it'd be much worse

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It's true and the crowd IMO are OK I wouldn't expect them to be perfect but there OK
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Well...27000 people, what do you expect? It´s a crowd used to watch football (sorry, soccer). Just read the post-match interviews of Andy and Mardy and you will see that they were just impressed of the crowd and that it is pretty normal and they expected it this way. Of course, it´s not the nicest atmosphere to play tennis, but come on...as long as it isn´t "politically" and culturally insulting (Devilish...good point), it´s fine, those players are pros and they should learn to cope with it...the Bryan Bros. didn´t seem to care about it, straight sets win, even bagled the spanish team in the first set

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You know? I found a thread over there, it's about a New Year's eve... I'm sure you could manage to find the way to make it talk about racism.

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You know? I found a thread over there, it's about a New Year's eve... I'm sure you could manage to find the way to make it talk about racism.


I only have ever talked about racism in about 10 of 800 posts so you really are over-reacting

Why are you getting so annoyed about it truth hurts I suppose
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So, this is the moment when I'm called racist... predicatble.

Look, I was just saying that perhaps you didn't need to mix up the racist thing with the crowd booing Andy.
If you want to call them rude, do it; I'll say they are, but as much as 90% of the rest of the crowds.

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