US Open sidelights: When tennis stars gave back as good as they got...

Sep 03, 2015, 08:22 IST | Agencies

Let's take a look at some interesting interactions between tennis stars and the media at the US Open... from Azarenka's 'forehand smash' to Safarova's 'special plan' to beat Serena Williams

Azarenka's forehand smash
Victoria Azarenka

During her US Open match against Lucie Hradecka, Victoria Azarenka got into an argument with the chair umpire. She ended the argument with the following jibe: "Have you ever played tennis? You did? You probably weren't very good."

Safarova's plan to beat Serena
Lucie Safarova

Czech sixth seed Lucie Safarova, ousted by Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko on Tuesday, was asked what it would take to stop top-ranked Serena Williams from capturing the US Open and sweeping the first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graff in 1988. "Be the umpire," Safarova joked. Her only realistic hints for those still in the field — "Try to take away the time from her and serve well."

Good luck, Andy
Andy Roddick

Retired US star Andy Roddick, whose 2003 US Open triumph is the last Grand Slam title by an American man, isn't at Flushing Meadows, but don't tell that to people who see him. Roddick tweeted: "That awkward moment when you're walking down the street in NYC and someone says "good luck in the tournament." The US Open tweeted in response: "Is it making you consider coming back?" Roddick replied "No :)"

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