With his stylish glasses, you’d think Janko Tipsarevic was just too cool for you:
In a way, he is. I’m in love with the white goggles from the top photo, and the striped FILA shirt from the bottom photo. But both outfits are missing… something. Perhaps a headband?
What makes him cooler: his post-match interview yesterday, where he responded to a reporter calling him out on turning some kids away when they asked for his autograph.
Q. You know, the winners usually leave the stadium with a happiness and share this happiness with their fans. You signed two or three autographs and rejected the other kids to sign the autographs, and there was some sign of the discomfort on the face. What happened?
JANKO TIPSAREVIC: Well, I think I signed around —
Q. I was taking pictures.
JANKO TIPSAREVIC: Normally, first of all, I don’t like to give too many autographs because I think people, they don’t know me. I hate when people ask for my autograph and then after tell me, “Can you write your name down, please?” This is irritating me so much, and maybe it’s subconscious. I don’t know.
I gave, let’s say, maybe 10 or 12 autographs, but I’m just not used to that, not trying to, like, build my image over signing autographs or whatever. I didn’t mean anything bad, really.
I’m all for giving your kid an autograph book — it’s a good way to get their passion and interest in tennis cemented early. But don’t be asking for someone’s autograph just because there’s a line to get one. The same way you shouldn’t rubberneck on the interstate. You have better things to do with your life. Here’s some advice: if you don’t know who’s autograph you’re getting, do some work. Look at the schedule of play, the tournament guide. Or just make small talk with the fans sitting next to you (as you watch the player. I can only hope you watched the player hit, or at least stretch, before even thinking about asking for an autograph). Ask questions, make conversation, eavesdrop. You will definitely hear factoids and anecdotes thrown around. Learn something about the player. That way, you’ll never have to ask them to write their name next to their chickenscratch.
via Bob Larson’s Tennis News