NYT blames Federer’s U.S. Open loss on…’global warming’

From the “global warming is the universal boogeyman” department. h/t to Charles Rotter

Roger Federer Is Tough to Beat. Global Warming Might Have Pulled an Upset.

By Kendra Pierre-Louis

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.

While daytime temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) have been a persistent problem at this U.S. Open, forcing officials to offer players heat breaks and suspend junior matches, conditions Monday night were not much cooler. Temperatures hovered in the mid-80s, with the humidity for much of the match above 70 percent.

Full story here

It couldn’t be that he had a bad day, was off his game, wasn’t conditioned well for the temperature, or his age at 37 years old, or that Millman at 29 years old was just better that day….nooooo, it HAD to be global warming wot dun it.

The stupid, it burns.


99 thoughts on “NYT blames Federer’s U.S. Open loss on…’global warming’

    • Just another in the list of benefits of global warming – increased greening of the planet, bumper crop yields, and John Millman’s win over Roger Federer.

    • To a climate believer only the best athletes get affected it’s like only iconic animals will be affected they just won’t be able to adapt. You just have to be true believer you can’t apply logic.

    • Millman is from Brisbane, average day time temp is mid 80s(F) for 3-5 months a year and humidity for those months is seldom less than 65%. He is conditioned to higher temps and humidity.
      There are a lot of people already saying Grand Slam matches should not be played in these conditions (regardless of the cause of the conditions) as it can take the edge away from the better player if the lesser player is conditioned better. They don’t want lesser players outlasting their opponent instead of beating them. I watched a large portion of that match and there was definitely an element of this, but I am of the opinion the weather conditions are a part of all sports and you have to beat them as well as your opponent.
      Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying global warming beat Federer, I am saying the conditions helped Millman.

      • I can’t see many sportsmen & sportswomen blaming the weather on a poor performance, the overwhelming majority of these sports people would simply say the better man/woman/team beat me/us on the day!

        • But Federer said little in his press conference along those lines, and when asked how Millman could beat Djokovic, he finished with “and hope for another hot day.” I know it may sound obvious coming from an Aussie, but I was really disappointed in Federer’s press conference, he really didn’t credit Millman enough for the effort he put into that game and the control he wrestled from Federer. All he kept saying was – it was hot… That may have been partially due to the questions asked too.

          • Doesn’t your brain dysfunction and freeze in high temp?

            Automatism are OK, but when it comes to putting different things together, ordering stuff, elaborate thinking… it gets fuzzy.

            It’s also a way to determine what requires high brain power: overheat and see when you freeze.

        • Federer has beaten many players a lot younger than him. He was just having a bad day. Happens to a lot of sportspeople.

      • Being prepared for the weather is part of getting ready for a match.
        If the lower ranked player did a better job of getting ready, then he deserves the win.

      • Conditioning is a major part of being the better player! You can’t claim to be a better player if you fade at the end of the game. Ever notice how the best players and teams often win with strong performances at the end of the matches or games That’s because the better players are in better shape. Anyone who says they don’t want conditioning or stamina to decide games or matches is perverting sports.

    • Because global warming doesn’t affect all areas in the same way, Federer might have experienced global warming while Millman did not.

  1. I expect all genuine climate scientists to get on line and ridicule the idiot author who clearly has no claim to being a journalist. The editor in chief should give this cretin a few weeks off to contemplate his future

    • If a genuine climate scientist went on line to point out that this was weather and not climate change he would be sacked. Which is why none of them will….

    • Don’t bank on it, the taxpayer funded cheque/check still must gon intothe account at the end ofthe month! 😉

    • NYT blames Federer’s U.S. Open loss on…’global warming’

      Funny. His opponent DID WIN.
      So, I guess Federer’s US Open opponent played somewhere else that day. When he won the US Open.

    • Maybe it was his tampon that was bothering him? Or his feminine hygiene spray failed?
      Or his menstrual cramps flared up?

      Or maybe, just maybe, he just is getting older and the young bucks have finally caught him?

      Who knows?

  2. I wish I could find the quote but IIRC, Bill Clinton once joked that Al Gore would blame the sunrise on global warming.

    • In her book “What Happened?”, Hillary listed 16 different reasons she lost to Trump.
      Global warming makes 17.

  3. if the only tool you have is a hammer everything looks like nails and if your mind is fully occupied by climate holocaust every problem looks like climate holocaust.

    incidentally, this is exactly how superstition driven confirmation bias works.


    please see the Nickerson citation in my superstition post.


    if you have an interest in the phenomenon of confirmation bias you might want to read the Nickerson paper. Very relevant to climate hype and climate fear particularly as it relates to extreme weather and event attribution science.

    • When it’s too hot or wet in Melbourne, the Australian Open moves indoors.

      Not so the US.

      The aged, injury-plagued Federer, wizard of Wimbledon, won the Oz Open in January, for his 20th Grand Slam singles victory, extending his world record. He won two last year, ending a four-year GS drought (2013-16).

      A younger, fitter Federer would have survived the heat and humidity.

      But today;s high of 90 F was far from a record for New York. The hottest September day in NYC was in 1953, when on the 2nd, it reached 102 F. Don’t have the humidity figures. So the problem was WX, not climate change.

      • PS: Federer is not yet quite as old as the oldest man ever to win a Grand Slam singles title. That would be Ken Rosewall, who won the 1972 Australian Open, aged 37 years and 63 days.

        According to the infallible Wiki, Federer turned 37 on 8 August.

      • I see that Arthur Ashe Stadium now has a retractable roof, so that the Melbourne solution to bad WX is an option in Flushing Meadows as well.

        But on Tuesday it remained open. It could however have affected air circulation, heat and humidity.

  4. So by how many degrees was that date’s previous record broken? What, wait, it was cooler than the all-time record? Oh. Then “Global Cooling Delivered An Upset At The US Open.”

    • Next up, Nadal losing the first set tonight 6-0 is due to Federer’s excess 40,000 PPM CO2 residue at courtside!

      Tennis is climate now!

      • Rafa managed to win his match in a final set tiebreak decision. Both he and Dominic looked like they had played the match underneath the sea. Perhaps Fed would have them move the tournament to low humidity southwestern states AZ or CA.

  5. I played tennis in 40C (104F) with my father and brothers in Spokane, Washington around the year of Spokane’s Expo 74. We survived and are all still alive today.

      • I didn’t notice the environmental theme at the time when I was a kid. Looking through the official guide recently, I was very surprised to see so much reference to environmental themes. No climate change or global warming mentions back then.
        I could scan the guide and make it available if anyone is interested, let me know in the comments.

        • That was when global cooling was all the rage. Also blamed upon humans, with more justification than global warming now, since real pollution from industrialization did block sunlight in the developed world. Cleaned up air since the ’70s is now however being undone by China and India.

  6. Who needs personal responsibility when you have global warming? But that’s the real point of all this, isn’t it.

  7. There appears to be a notion among the stupid, that if you weave multiple layers of stupidity together in a complex, interconnected, non-linear fashion, that you can appear to be intelligent. This, of course, is a very stupid notion!

  8. Federer -“Federer believes the decision to build a roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium contributed to his problems.

    The roof was open Monday, but the space above the cavernous arena has been reduced by the wings which help support the structure.

    “I do believe since the roof is on that there is no air circulation in the stadium. I think just that makes it a totally different US Open,” said the world number two.”


  9. Perhaps shift the US Open to Svarlbad or Macquarie Island for those tennis players who don’t like it hot, unlike some….[https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/some_like_it_hot/]

  10. Of course, it has nothing to do with a tennis player getting older, and older, and older.
    Then, not sleeping, another age related complaint; takes additional toll on the physical body.

    “Roger Federer” – age 37.
    “John Millman” – age 29.

    Enough failure to sleep at night and Billie Jean King has a chance.

  11. Other than the fact that Federar at 37 is well past the average tennis players age, it is a very physical game, New York with all of its buildings generates a lot of heat.

    He will be back at his usual world rate next match.


  12. As you’ve highlighted, Federer may be pretty fit fella at 37, but younger fit 29 year old beat him, Federer couldn’t cope with the heat & humidity, & simply wasn’t the best player on court that day, well done Millman!

  13. This is a red rag to an Old Bull, me, as an Australian Tennis Fan living in Brisbane.
    Rod Laver defeated Tony Roche in the 1969 Australian Open Semi-final at Milton, Brisbane, 7-5,22-20, 9-11,1-6, 6-3 in a match lasting over 4 hours in 105 degrees F.heat.
    It was the longest match-90 games- Laver ever played, and is regarded as being among the greatest tennis matches ever.
    Both players put cabbage leaves in their hats to keep cool .Laver took salt pills and glucose but ended up groggy.They had wet towels in the ice box to little effect.
    Interestingly, the Swiss Master, Roger Federer knows of this saga as a great fan of Laver.
    I recall little mention of global warming in Brisbane in 1969 when world temperatures were cooling (1940-1976).

    • “….cabbage leaves in their hats to keep cool”
      It was so hot that the birds were flying backwards to keep their ar$es cool!!

    • Thanks for the bit of history, Herbert. Of course it wasn’t as hot, but to add, Isner had the 72-70 final set at Wimbledon. I think that wrecked his body for the entire season that year….

  14. Since this warming comes after the 2000-2016 (or so) pause, should we call this new period the global tie break?

  15. It is clearly unsatisfactory that Tennis isn’t played on the Antarctic ice which would give ethnic minorities like the Inuit a level playing field to win instead of being oppressed by sweaty Europeans responsible for CO2 raising the temperature of the planet in the first place and imposing their deeply racist agenda to deny native peoples lucrative rewards for meaningless if entertaining activities.

    Of course their might be an issue about white court lines and balls.

    • Moderately Cross..
      “…It is clearly unsatisfactory that Tennis isn’t played on the Antarctic ice which would give ethnic minorities like the Inuit a level playing field..”
      I once played a tournament in an armoury on wood.. I wouldn’t recommend trying to play on polished ice!

  16. I don’t follow tennis much, but it seems to me that both players play in close proximity to each other and share the same ‘climate’. Like in football when someone blames ‘weather conditions’ for a loss, “It was muddy on both sides of the field”.

  17. I’m a Federer fan, but he’s 37 yrs old. Millman had to deal w/the same conditions. The US Open is traditionally a difficult tournament as it’s indeed hot at times and at the end of the long season — players can be worn out.

  18. Actually it can probably be blamed on global cooling.

    Over the past year, we have had a La Nina and, as well, sea surface temperatures have been below normal over much of the northern hemisphere.

    This has led to relatively dry air over the mid-latitudes (note the forest fires on the west coast of North America, and the paucity of tropical storm activity).

    Dry air leads to less cloudiness, more direct sunlight in and radiation out. The result is continental temperature extremes, colder in winter, hotter in summer. Thus in North America (and much of Europe) we’ve had an abnormally cold winter, and so far an abnormally hot summer.

    All the result of colder sea-surface temperatures, i.e. global cooling.

  19. Even though Federer won the first set, the commentators were already saying that he seemed off his game because he was hitting way more drop shots than normal and also serve and volleying more often. It was clear from the outset that he was trying to shorten the points.

    • It could be seen that Federer has passed his zenith. Even the strongest gorilla must eventually bow to a challenger. And that’s the good thing about sport and every competitor. Nobody can remain world ranking first up to the age of 70 years.
      But Federer is not very nice to me either. He is the type who destroys without thinking, but cries when he is destroyed himself. A self-complaining.

  20. It may be true that global warming did Roger in, but on the other hand, global warming helped a 50th ranked player win a major. What’s not to like about that? If you’re Millman, you’re hoping global warming is permanent!

  21. The NYT climate bots live and they are watching every move and writing stories on every word or excuse given.

    • Arctic sea ice extent is staying above last year’s. If it turns and stays upward in the next week to ten days, then this year’s summer minimum will be higher than in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Only 2009, 2013 and 2014 will be higher during the past 12 years.

      The NW Passage has remained closed all summer.

      • The lowest point historically (satellite era measurements) is Sept 10-20, so we have several more days yet before it will turn up. Two days ago, 2018 passed 2008, 2010 may very likely get exceeded before the minimum on Sept 15-21.

        As you point out, today’s Arctic sea ice extents exceeded 8 of the past 11 year’s extent in the first days of Sept.

        Yes, the Arctic sea ice has ceased decreasing in its 50-60 year cycle, and began expanding since 2007. We are, however, just past the low point of a long cycle, and have not reached the highs measured in 1982-1983-1984.

  22. I read the NYT article at the link provided. I didn’t see anything about global warming. Please correct the headline and article.

      • Hi Anthony,
        When I click on the “losing in a 4th round upset” link, the NYT headline says, “John Millman Upsets #2 Roger Federer at the US Open.” When I click on the “persistant problem at this US Open”, the NYT headline says, “US Open’s Biggest Attraction? The Shade” I tried to take a screen shot of the headlines to paste here, but it’s not working. Does anyone get the same result as me?

        I’m not a troll, and didn’t misread, per above. (Touchy today?) I’m actually a fan of your site, and trying to help. We don’t need alarmists running around saying Watts Up With That is misquoting the NYT.

  23. On the other hand, Naomi Osaka who won at the U.S Open today and advanced to the semi-finals: “I actually don’t think it’s that hot,” she said. “I think it’s because I’m used to the Florida heat. I like sweating.”

  24. Only 90 degrees Fahrenheit?

    In the Australian tennis open in Melbourne in the middle of summer it is usually around 100 F, and on centre court more like 110 F. The 2018 championship was no exception.

    I wonder who was the last Australian Open winner? Why, how amazing, it was Roger Federer!

    • Did Fed actually blame AGW, or was it the journalist? I’d be surprised if it were him. He’s usually a good sport.

  25. This is what I posted elsewhere:


    “Especially that is OLD for that level of Tennis excellence at age 37.

    Pete Sampras retired at age 31
    John McEnroe at age 35 long after he dropped off in quality play YEARS earlier.
    Ivan Lendl at age 34
    Bjorn Borg at age 27
    Boris Becker at age 31
    Jim Courier at age 30
    Andre Agassi at age 36 after a significant drop in quality play the last 3 years.

    On and on I can go, Federer is IMPRESSIVE at age 37, CURRENTLY #2 in the world!

    “2018: 20th Grand Slam title and return to world No. 1

    Main article: 2018 Roger Federer tennis season

    Federer started his season winning the Hopman Cup partnering with Belinda Bencic. This was his second Hopman Cup title, having won previously in 2001 with Martina Hingis.[154] At the 2018 Australian Open, Federer reached the final without dropping a set, and successfully defended his title beating Marin Čilić in a five-set final. This was Federer’s sixth title at the Australian Open, equaling the record held by Roy Emerson and Novak Djokovic, as well as becoming the first man to win twenty Grand Slam titles. It was also the first time since the 2008 US Open that Federer successfully defended a major title.[155]

    In mid-February, Federer won his third Rotterdam Open title to return to No. 1 in the ATP rankings, officially clinching the spot with a quarterfinal victory over Robin Haase.[156] He beat Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the final. At 36 years and 195 days of age, he became the oldest ATP world No. 1 by more than three years. He also broke the ATP record for the longest span between a player’s first and last weeks to attain the No. 1 ranking at 14 years and 17 days apart, as well as the most time between two successive reigns at No. 1 at 5 years and 106 days.[157]

    In March, Federer entered the Indian Wells Masters as the defending champion. He defeated Chung Hyeon in the quarterfinals, ensuring that he retained the world No. 1 ranking, and Borna Ćorić in the semifinal, solidifying a career-best start to a season at 17–0. His previous best season start had been 16–0 during the 2006 season.[158] Despite holding three championship points, Federer was defeated by Juan Martin Del Potro in a close three-set final. At the Miami Open, Federer received a first-round bye, but lost in the second round to Thanasi Kokkinakis. With this early exit from the tournament, Federer lost his No. 1 ranking to Nadal on 2 April. He announced that he would miss the clay court season, including the French Open, for the second consecutive season.[159] Nevertheless, he regained the No. 1 ranking in May after Nadal failed to defend one of his Masters titles at the Madrid Open.[160] He then lost the top spot the following week after Nadal won the title at the Italian Open.

    In June, Federer regained the No. 1 ranking after defeating Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals at the Stuttgart Open.[161] He then won the tournament, defeating Milos Raonic in the final in straight sets.[162] However, he lost his No.1 ranking the following week when he failed to defend his Halle Open title, losing in the final to Borna Coric in three sets.[163] ”


    NYT is full of SHIT!”

  26. Who dose the New York Pravda (times)think their kidding with this load of malarkey they have just become another leftists propeganda rag a waste of paper trees and ftrrdom of the Press to continue to publish this load of poppycock

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