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tennisbum79
Sep 11th, 2009, 07:50 PM
Authoritarian, people skill-challenged referee and incompetent official let match get our of hands.

Chair umpire looks like a baseball plate umpire. And he behaves like one


Announcer Tony Traber blames fan behaviour.
Implying building a big stadium attract people who are not necessarily tennis fans

tennisbum79
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:00 PM
Umpire replaced by an 80-years old tournament official

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:01 PM
That was some drama! :eek:

cartmancop
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:01 PM
The comment about what happens when you build stadiums and let the "masses" in was priceless :lol:

brickhousesupporter
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:03 PM
I am lost what happened for those of us not watching live

tennisbum79
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:03 PM
That was some drama! :eek:
Hard to believe, isn't?

Even stranger is that, McEnroe was the coolest head of all people involved.

V's a star
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:05 PM
I caught it half way through the end. i dont understand what happened?

tennisbum79
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:07 PM
The comment about what happens when you build stadiums and let the "masses" in was priceless :lol:
That was the sentiment of the tennis establishment.

Things have sure come a long way from those years.

brickhousesupporter
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:15 PM
so is no one going to say what happened?

Feyd
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:19 PM
so is no one going to say what happened?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/letter_from_america/127573.stm

Well New York City, August 1979, is the date that will live in infamy. John McEnroe, American, was to meet Ilie Nastase, Romanian, in the second round of the US Open. I will not disgust you with all the details, though if you'd been there you might well have been terrified. To distil the awful occasion to its nasty essence: it was a breathtaking demonstration of superlative tennis and granting that by that year the Romanian and McEnroe were the leading exponents of tantrums and snatches of foul language, tossed usually at linesmen and from time to time they addressed a ripe obscenity at the chair umpire.

In the fourth set McEnroe served to Nastase who at once protested that he was not ready to receive but the umpire gave the point to McEnroe. The umpire listened to Nastase's protest and to a rising storm of clamour from the 10,000 spectators. It didn't help that the crowd decided Nastase was their boy. The umpire, applying the regular point penalty system, awarded the game to McEnroe. At which point - as Othello said, who was there - "chaos is come again".

Seventeen minutes of uproar and disruption, trash hauled on to the court, fighting broke out, police came trotting, the umpire brought in the top man - the referee - who ordered Nastase to serve for the next game. Nastase in colourful words said "No." Now a rebellious player, according to the rules, can be given 30 seconds to repent and get on with it. The umpire waited just under a full minute and declared that Nastase had forfeited the game, set and match.

Now that in practically any other sport in the world would have been the end of it but now the crowd was seething and the tournament director - an old champ himself - could see ahead a bang-up bloody riot. He overrode the official decision, put a new man in the chair and the match was played out - and McEnroe won

Rocketta
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:23 PM
I thought the umpire was right and the sorry officials should've just supported him. You can't have people skills with Nastase.. come on. If Nastase had just served all would have blown over but those babbling officcials... once the umpire called the match it should've been over. :shrug:

Serenita
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:24 PM
i loved it... all that drama!!
but those commentators remind me of Drysdale and Carillo in some strange way.

tennisbum79
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:25 PM
I watched but caught it in the middle.
This Yahoo Best Answer response sumed it up

1979, in the US Open, McEnroe and Nastase met....?

Did any one see this fight between the Super brat and Nasty Nastase and care to share the experience

I was a Freshman in Highschool and was just starting to play tennis more seriously in hopes of making the Varsity Squad. I figured that watching that match would help. Holy Toledo was I wrong. It was more an exhibit of what not to do and how not to act. It was later dubbed one of the wildest matches ever at the U.S. Open. Johnny Mac ended up winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a night match that featured Nastase being defaulted by the chair-umpire. He just lost a point on Mac's serve complained that he wasn't ready but the umpire gave the point to Mac well Nasty is pissed the crowd is pissed so the umpire waits a little and then awards a penaly point to Nasty which ended up giving Mac the game. Now everyone is really pissed, fights break out in the stands, cops come out on court and go into the stands too. This went on for 18-minutes. The tournament referree gives in and reinstates Nasty and ends up giving the boot to the umpire instead. McEnroe had flipped off fans, Nasty made like he was going to drop his shorts it was f..king unbelievable. They were both swearing. Needless to say Monday at practice we all were acting it out which the coach didn't find as funny as the guys on the squad. You will never see antics like those again in tennis. It was like watching WWE. Looking back now it was an embarrassment to tennis to allow such behaviour from those two for so long at so many tourni's but at the time it was entertaining and fun to watch.


Source : http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070720171841AA29p1S

Serenita
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:26 PM
I thought the umpire was right and the sorry officials should've just supported him. You can't have people skills with Nastase.. come on. If Nastase had just served all would have blown over but those babbling officcials... once the umpire called the match it should've been over. :shrug:
He did call the game, but people pay good money to watch a match and it seems it was more of ego's colliding then anything.
Nastase was a nasty one wasnt he, haahha did u guys see what he did with the netcord judge.

thrust
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:36 PM
The comment about what happens when you build stadiums and let the "masses" in was priceless :lol:

That was the attitude back then. Tennis was always an elitist sport before the Open Era. Nastasse was a PIG! Compared to him, McEnroe was Boy Scout. Nastasse was a problem in just about any match he was losing. He would pull any dirty trick in order to win. I all my over 50 years of following tennis, Ille is the player I hated the most.

Slutiana
Sep 11th, 2009, 08:46 PM
Hopefully it will be uploaded. :lol:

Rocketta
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:48 PM
He did call the game, but people pay good money to watch a match and it seems it was more of ego's colliding then anything.
Nastase was a nasty one wasnt he, haahha did u guys see what he did with the netcord judge.

yeah but that crowd thought they could control the rules and the umpire too. :lol:

kris719
Sep 11th, 2009, 10:54 PM
Implying building a big stadium attract people who are not necessarily tennis fans

It totally does. I was surprised at how many people I ran into/overheard at the USO that knew absolutely nothing about the game or the players. They just come because it's an event.

tennisbum79
Sep 11th, 2009, 11:47 PM
It totally does. I was surprised at how many people I ran into/overheard at the USO that knew absolutely nothing about the game or the players. They just come because it's an event.
Referring to them as "masses" strikes me as an unnecessary cheapshot and putdown.
And I don't think you necessarily agree with Tony Traber on that.