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Still no proof of death threats claims made by tennis player and WTA World #2, Caroline Wozniacki.
I’ve talked to a few fans who were at the Miami Open for Friday night’s second round match between Monica Puig and Caroline Wozniacki and the general consensus was that a lot of people were drunk and rowdy. Perhaps guilty of not being familiar with the culture of the tennis tour it appeared the crowd had more of an NFL vibe to it which isn’t always a family friendly atmosphere.
I also spoke with someone at the WTA and they confirmed the umpire can remove someone from the stands for unruly behavior but it appears you have to identify the individual and have a witness that correlates the language and behavior. From what people are telling me the large patches of the crowd were taunting Wozniacki. Apparently, the Friday night crowd was quite drunk as the Miami Open can become a sports bar. Uber is also driving a lot of responsible fans to the Crandon Park Tennis Center which allow attendees to enjoy the atmosphere to its fullest.
Fan’s picked up on Wozniacki’s frustration with a certain fan in particular and the crowd then began to pour it on even more. Here is another fan in the lower bowl voicing his support for Monica Puig with a pro Puig chant: “Si se puede” which translates to “yes you can”.
Also, notice in the WTA highlight package I cued with Wozniacki down 4-1 in the third set and wins a game on a Puig double fault to make it 4-2. The camera does a quick pan to her box and no one, including finance and former NBA Star David Lee, looks as if death seems imminent.
Tennis Channel does a nice job of wrapping up the story and shows Caroline’s pleas with the Umpire and their analysis on fan interaction at sporting events.
Written by: Brian Lutz
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Fan video courtesy of DeeDee.
Photo courtesy of Times of India