When I got the chance to interview Juan Martin del Potro earlier this year, I couldn’t resist asking him about his on-court antics. For such a relatively reserved media personality, his silly jokes during the most serious matches have endeared him to tennis fans (and those who make GIFs!).
He smiled when I asked him about it.
“Maybe I’m a little crazy,” he said. “I shouldn’t do that. My coach doesn’t like when I do that, but I like to play with the crowd, also. They are there for many hours watching our match, they are excited all the time. I like to show them we’re normal person, not only a tennis player. We feel like them. If I have the chance to do something different, I’ll do it.”
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Unhappy reactions to losing points:
Making sure a linesperson can see properly:
Getting comfort from a linesperson:
Taking a picture between points:
Hitting ridiculous forehands:
Oh the hugs:
Celebrating after a big win:
Giving a thumbs up after falling down:
Making a horrible Hawk-Eye challenge:
Rescuing a moth:
Terrifying a photographer:
Rallying the crowd:
Jumping over the net: