UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Beyond the Baseline

Brazilians call John Isner a crier for complaining about Davis Cup fans

John Isner John Isner lost his reverse singles match to Thomaz Bellucci, but the U.S. advanced. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

It's not often you hear players from the host nation complaining about visiting fans, but John Isner didn't mince words when it came to the rowdy Brazil supporters who were in Jacksonville, Fla., for the Americans' first-round Davis Cup tie against Brazil. As Tennis.com reports, after losing to Thomaz Bellucci in five sets Sunday, Isner believed the Brazil bench and their fans crossed a line.

“To be honest, I don't appreciate their fans at all. I don't think they're too classy at all,” Isner told reporters. “Not only their actual fans but the guys on their bench are saying stuff, toss the ball up, double fault. I can hear it. It didn't affect me, it's just I don't think there's any room for that. I'm not going to sugarcoat this as well. I don't appreciate their fans at all. I think they're very rude.”

Brazilian captain Joao Zwetsch responded: “I didn't see that John is not playing his best tennis here probably. Thomaz played really good today. I really didn't see it could have anything involved in the result of the game, you know. Like we say in Brazil, 'Cry is free.' You can cry as much as you want. But Thomaz beat him playing tennis, that's all.”

Brazilian doubles specialist Marcelo Melo, who along with Bruno Soares handed Mike and Bob Bryan a surprising loss Saturday, took to Twitter to defend their fans. Melo quickly deleted his tweets, but a writer from The New York Times captured the gist:

http://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/statuses/298516072129249280

http://twitter.com/BenRothenberg/statuses/298516962852626432

More Beyond the Baseline

Close

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 4 easy steps:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Bookmarks.
  3. Select Bookmark manager.
  4. Locate your current Sports Illustrated bookmark, click the Organize menu, then select Edit. You can now easily update the web address of your Sports Illustrated bookmark.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 2 easy steps:

  1. Click the Safari bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. This will open the Bookmarks Bar. In the Bookmarks Bar, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Address field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.

To continue enjoying content from the most trusted name is sports, please be sure to update your current bookmark.

Just follow these 3 easy steps:

  1. Click the Firefox bookmark manager on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Show All Bookmarks.
  3. This will open the library window. In the Library window, select your Sports Illustrated bookmark and manually edit the Location field.

    Our updated web address is http://www.si.com.
Don't Show This Again