For the “can’t make this up file,” The New York Times is blaming global warming for Roger Federer’s loss at the US Open on Tuesday:
— Ryan Maue | weathermodels.com (@RyanMaue) September 5, 2018
No, really. It was totally the global warming that did it because global warming is notorious for only affecting tennis players from the northern hemisphere while giving superhuman powers to those from Australia:
Roger Federer, one of the world’s greatest tennis players, may have become an unwitting spokesman for the effects of climate change on Monday at the U.S. Open.
Federer, who is ranked No. 2, seemed to struggle all night in the heat and humidity at Arthur Ashe Stadium, losing in a fourth-round upset to John Millman, an Australian ranked 55th.
“It was hot,” Federer said. It “was just one of those nights where I guess I felt I couldn’t get air; there was no circulation at all.”
This was the first time Federer, who won the U.S. Open five consecutive times from 2004 to 2008, lost to a player outside the top 50 at the tournament.
To some, the comments by Federer, 37, may sound like sour grapes. But they also underscore a growing problem: increasing nighttime temperatures.
Under climate change, overall temperatures are rising — 2018 is on track to be the fourth-warmest year on record — but the warming is not happening evenly. Summer nights have warmed at nearly twice the rate of summer days. Average overnight low temperatures in the United Stateshave increased 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit per century since 1895, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The New York Times also insults John Millman with this crap for playing absolutely fantastic tennis:
Absolutely stunning upset as @johnhmillman defeats Federer 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6 under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium!
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 4, 2018
In tennis news, the US Open will now let women change their shirts on the court https://t.co/uBU1mfWuO7
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 30, 2018