Mardy Fish: "I don't speak French, you dumbass" [VIDEO]

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Jo-Wilfred Tsonga beat Edina native Mardy Fish, but Fish gave him a lesson in cultural sensitivity.
With the decline of his buddy Andy Roddick, Edina native Mardy Fish is the top-ranked male American tennis player.

That means Fish could be something of an ambassador for the state and country, especially at a tournament called The United States Open.

Shame, then, that in his loss to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fish chose to play the role of the "Ugly American."

An exchange between the two players during a changeover caught a testy Fish asking Tsonga, "Now who's talking about whose box making noise?"

That reference was to Tsonga's fans, whose cheering had begun to irritate the Minnesotan.

Tsonga's response is inaudible -- and, apparently, unintelligible, at least to Fish, who shoots back, "I don't speak French, you dumbass."

Well, pardon his French!

Then Tsonga says something else, also lost to the boom mics, and Fish reiterates, "I don't speak French."

Tsonga's intent becomes finally clear: "No," he says. "But I go, I go tell them." The Frenchman had apparently been volunteering to go quiet his fans, to keep things in line with the gentle nature of the sport.

Finally, after taking a sip from his drink, Tsonga takes his own shot.

"I don't like you, too," he says.

Oh, snap! It's not exactly Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe hitting winners and tossing zingers, but given the language barrier, this is pretty good stuff.

So, who's in the wrong here? Tsonga, for assuming a red-blooded American might speak another language, or Fish, for calling the guy attempting to apologize a "dumbass"?


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Guest
Guest

When did he mention this though? I didn't hear it o.O

Aversven
Aversven

And I thought Mardy's cheesedick "hugging" of the crowd was the best reason to hate him. 

Guest
Guest

Didn't he feel like a dumbass loser after the match?

Kimmy4132
Kimmy4132

So sad that it had to come to this type of an exchange; it is very clear that Tsonga was trying to accomodate him by asking his fans to quiet down. Not so proud of Mr Fish, as if he cares what I feel.  I just love the game and hate to see it be dampened by hatred.

The Truth
The Truth

I'm in no way surprised that Fish called Tsonga a dumbass. It just goes to show his level of sportsmanship and cultural/language prejudice. Tsonga speaks French and English( I don't know how being bi-lingual makes him the actual dumbass) but you can count on American athletes to disgrace themselves and their country in any sports where there is international competition because how dare others have more talent than they.. (the land of the Great). And we totally buy his story that he's actually referring to the chair umpire because tennis fans and everyone else are all a bunch of "dumbass" who actually believe you Mardy. I guess calling the chair umpire a dumbass is also OK. right? because he's just a nobody who sits in a chair. It's quite interesting also to note that the two "dumbasses-1) Tsonga & 2) chair umpire are black....hmmm

Gorgeous
Gorgeous

Not only is Fish a dumb, rude American--he also lost the match. Are they tearing down that sad excuse for a tennis stadium any time soon?

Blacknrich
Blacknrich

Wrong.  Tsonga said "I don't like IT too."

vitajex
vitajex

I believe Mardy was actually making a reference to famed French author and creator of the widely beloved "Three Musketeers" saga, Alexandre Dumas...

Pep
Pep

I think this is the 4th article I have read in City Pages featuring the phrase "Oh, snap!"

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