The prestigious US Open tennis tournament has served up a surprise that’s caused quite a stir among players. In a bizarre turn of events, competitors have begun complaining about the unmistakable scent of marijuana lingering on the courts. In a twist that even the most seasoned tennis pros didn’t see coming, some athletes are now finding themselves fighting against not just opponents, but also the wafts of weed.
Several tennis stars have openly complained griped about the aroma, insisting that it could affect their play or act as an on-court distraction. While grunts, ball bounces, and crowd cheers have long been part of the symphony of tennis matches, the unexpected whiffs of weed bring a whole new dimension to the game.
Amid the amusing anecdotes, German player Alexander Zverev playfully remarked: “Court 17 definitely smells like Snoop Dogg’s living room,” as reported by the New Zealand Herald. Talking about his first thoughts when he noticed the stench, the player noted: “Oh my God, it’s everywhere. The whole court smells like weed.”
Other players attending matches on Court 17 also quickly recognised the aroma’s familiarity. One of the tournament’s spectators, Adam Placzek, detected the unmistakable scent of marijuana in the air. Although the fragrance was conspicuous, no individuals in the stands could be attributed to the source. Placzek, acknowledging occasional indulgence, was quick to emphasise that lighting up at the US Open would never cross his mind.
In a lighthearted exchange, Placzek shared: “My boss caught wind of the pot tale at the US Open and texted me. When we revealed we were there, he responded: ‘Well, that explains the smell!’”