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Video: Janko Tipsarevic Wakes Up a Sleeping Fan at Japan Open

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Did you know that you are not allowed to sleep and public sporting events?

At least not at tennis matches apparently.

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During his match against No. 9-ranked player Janko Tipsarevic at the Japan Open on Thursday, Swiss tennis player Marco Chiudinelli halted their match for a moment to ask Tipsarevic to wake up a spectator in the stands behind him who was snoozing.

The fact that the match was boring enough that someone would fall asleep while watching is bad enough, the fact that Chiudinelli cared all, was disturbed by this and had the guy woken up is worse.

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“Wake up! Wake up! You have to watch me play!” I mean really. How Vein can one be? It’s not like the stadium was packed to see the match to begin with. Frankly, Chiudinelli should be thankful anyone at all came to watch him play…

In an attempt to appease Chiudinelli, Tipsarevic apparently lobs a ball into the stands to wake the snoozer up. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the dozer’s reaction which had to be the best part. Under the circumstances, what would have been a more appropriate way for this to have been handled?

  • They should have let the poor guy rest. He paid to get in and should be able to use his seat as he wants.
  • Chiudinelli, should have fired a scorching serve into the snoozer’s forehead?
  • Everyone including the two players should have played a prank on the sleeper and walked out of the stadium (that one would have been pretty cool actually).
  • Chiudinelli, should have waited until he switched sides and then went over to the guy snoring and yelled, “Fire! Tennis!”

I’d probably never pay to actually watch a ball travel back and forth across a net for a few hours, however if I did and I feel asleep, I’d be pretty pissed if one of the players woke me up. I say the snoozer should go over Chiudinelli’s house when he’s sleeping and wake his ass up…

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