Below is a clip from the Nielsen Tennis Pro Championship, better known as the Winnetka Challenger. Given this event is held "intermittently" per its Wikipedia page and the listed prize money is only $50,000, I'm guessing this isn't exactly a must see event for tennis diehards. But thankfully it's enough of a draw where there is some television coverage which allows us to relive this must see clip.

For a sub 2 minute video, there is a lot of good stuff here including:

– A 20 second rally at a critical part of that match that abruptly ends in some controversy.

– Great inadvertent foreshadowing with "Oh wow", "Oh no", and "Oh wow" uttered by the announcers as if they know what's coming next.

– A very brief and oddly calm exchange with the chair umpire that ends in Bogomolov retiring from the match AND shaking his hand thanking him.

– An exit that includes a now shirtless Bogomolov gathering his equipment efficiently, congratulating his bewildered opponent (1:05 in the video), and of course giving the chair umpire a parting "Go fuck yourself". 

– The perfect summary line of "I've been watching tennis for 22 years and I don't think I've ever seen that particular sequence of events ever occur."

Personally I give this whole thing a lot of style points. He didn't raise his voice and he shook hands with his opponent as well the umpire who he also gave a hollow thank you to. Given the amount of athletes we see going absolutely nuts and getting tossed, it's refreshing to see a guy have some composure and hit the showers on his own terms. Extra bonus points for the efficiency of the whole thing. 


About Ben Koo

Copying and pasting my Twitter bio. I'm also refusing (for now) to write this in the third person. This is me - EIC and CEO at @comeback_sports and @AwfulAnnouncing, world's greatest chinese jew, proud Buckeye, funny dude, and sports and digital media zealot.