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U.S. Open tennis brawl shows there's no love among fans

The great thing about the U.S. Open is the mannerly, well-considered, erudite analysis of tennis fans. In this video, a dude goes all Nyjer Morgan on another dude with a dudette involved Thursday night (via Huffington Post).

Novak Djokovic and Philipp Petzschner stopped playing to watch the fisticuffs in the upper deck at Arthur Ashe Stadium (and, boy, would Ashe have hated this). Djokovic, who hails from Serbia, won, by the way, 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

"It was far away from the court; we couldn't really see what was going on," Djokovic said. "I hope it was no Serbian up there."

According to the New York Post, the brawl stemmed from an issue over vocabulary. "He said, 'You've got a problem? Go ahead and hit me,' and she slapped him across the face," a source told the Post.

All three fans were taken the 110th Precinct in Queens, Tim Curry, a spokesman for the United States Tennis Association, said. They were not charged; rather, they were given trespass warnings and told not to return to the Open for a certain amount of time, the New York Times reported (authorities were not aware of the duration).

Serena's foot injury/surgery

have_another_donut.pngSerena Williams, who is sitting out the U.S. Open after having foot surgery, finally divulged the details on just how she hurt herself in a USA Today interview. She isn't exactly certain, but shattered glass shattered fell on her foot and sliced a tendon.

She underwent surgery after incident in Munich; it occurred just days after she won Wimbledon.

"The pain felt like kind of a stubbed foot, like 'Ow,' and I thought, 'Wow, I stubbed my foot.' Then in 20 seconds, or a minute, I started walking again. And it hurt some more. So we looked down and there was glass all over the floor. I was standing, recovering, thinking I got a little cut and telling my nephew, who was with us, to be careful," Williams said. "Then my practice partner put a cellphone down to the floor so we could see, and there was a huge puddle of blood. I said, 'OMG, I don't think this is good.' "

Tebow, the best and worst

If you stopped watching the Denver Broncos' game against the Minnesota Vikings, you missed Tim Tebow's atonement for a fumble that yielded the Vikings' first touchdown and an interception that led to a field goal.

When it was all over he had completed 12 of 16 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 31-24 loss.

"I try to have a short memory and move on and just keep playing," Tebow said.

NFL attendance drops, viewership goes up

Would you rather watch NFL games in the comfort of your own home (where parking is free and $10 buys you a whole six-pack) or attend in person? HDTV, the economy and the Red Zone channel offer fans three compelling reasons to stay home, USA Today reports. In a user poll, 81 percent of over 12,000 voters said they'd prefer to watch at home.

(Dave McKenna in Washington City Paper asks whether the Redskins/NFL standards for imposing blackouts have loosened.)

Brunell's bankability

Mark Brunell threw two touchdown passes, including a 51-yarder, as he tries to hook on at the New York Jets' second-string quarterback. Brunell, who appeared in Jacksonville, Fla., bankruptcy court earlier this week, could use the $1.5 million he'd stand to make. (via SB Nation DC)

Enough with Kelly

Jack Anderson of SB Nation DC has given up on Redskins wide receiver Malcolm Kelly. He has plenty of company.

Scenes from Redskins' brutal road trip

Having to fly from the East Coast to Arizona for a meaningless preseason (redundant, I know) game in which only 31 of your payers sees any time (we're not talking about you, Albert), is no fun (except when it is, thanks to Andre Carter). The Redskins, according to their official blogger Matt Terl, arrived at Redskins Park at 8 a.m.

Gm WORLD!!! Flying from basically the eastcoast - westcoast can be described in one word, CRUCIAL!!!less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

It is so quiet on this bus. Everyone is so tired and can't wait to find a bed.less than a minute ago via Snaptu.com

Sitting behind kemo on the plane. Damn he has a huge head.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

The end of preseason means only one thing: It's officially Dallas Week in Washington.

By Cindy Boren  |  September 3, 2010; 10:23 AM ET
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Comments

Fat people shouldn't be allowed to go anywhere.

Posted by: woof3 | September 3, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

The brawling fans at the US Open were doubtlessly from Philadelphia. I can't imagine why they were at the Open unless they got lost trying to find the Phillies game at Citi Field.

Posted by: hisroc | September 3, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Haha, fat old guy fell... I can watch that over and over.

Posted by: kenk3 | September 3, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Love it when those beefy women get going. She's kinda hot.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | September 3, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how this amateur camera man is defending this young thug. You can't hear what's being said, but there's clearly disrespect on the part of the young idiot - total disrespect toward a couple of his elders. The older man obviously took offense to something that was said to or about his wife.

Posted by: Supporter51 | September 3, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Boorish behavior in the stands is all too common at most sporting events these days, but starting a confrontation is pointless and lowers you to the offender's level. The answer is to complain to the nearest usher and ask them to call security.

Posted by: hisroc | September 3, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: stevendennis4 | September 4, 2010 3:53 AM | Report abuse

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