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Bethanie Mattek-Sands Challenges Hating Blogger to Tennis Match: ‘Put up or Shut up!’

Bethanie Mattek-Sands has challenged a blogger to a tennis match over his criticism of her in recent weeks. That blogger would be me, Larry Brown.

Bethanie must have come across this post and this post I wrote about her last week and tracked me down on twitter to let me hear about it. The challenge was issued immediately.

“Since you manage to talk some smack how about we get you out on the court during the US Open series!?! Put up or shut up RIGHT???” she wrote in a twitter message to me.

Naturally I was taken aback, but I told her I was in Los Angeles and that we could meet at the WTA event in Carlsbad (San Diego area) to get it on. She wrote back saying “Ill even spot you a few games maybe even a set?? You even think you could take a game off me!?!?”

At that point I told her she wouldn’t win more than three points against me if we played a set, and that made her even more eager to play. “Oh this is tooooo much, please have as many fans and or media there as possible in Carlsbad. This will be EPIC!” Mattek-Sands wrote.

I wasn’t messing around either. If she goes to the Carlsbad tournament, you better believe I’ll be there for a challenge match. The only issue is actually getting her to come out for the event.

“I’m gonna have to get the wild card for the tournament now as I was not gonna play it, but now I have a reason to start earlier!” she said.

All Bethanie needs to know is I’ve already begun training in preparation for the challenge. Now she just needs to take her own advice and “put up or shut up!” because I’ll be there and I’ll be ready.


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  • http://twitter.com/IntheOT Chad Margulius

    Bahahhhhh straight comedy. You did your job LB by stirring the pot. Thats real tough of her to challenge you to something where she is a huge favorite. I didnt realize the bloggers of the world could really get into the head of athletes. 

  • http://twitter.com/CWardHenninger Colin Ward-Henninger

    Wow, this could quite possibly be the greatest thing I’ve ever seen in my life. I pray that this actually happens but I have a feeling her agent/entourage would never let her go through with it.

    Either way, well done, and Bethanie has officially eclipsed Dinara Safina as my favorite women’s tennis player.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Come on Chad, you can get great odds on me. I won’t let you down!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Oh we’ll make it happen lol

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Oh we’ll make it happen lol

  • http://twitter.com/RumorsandRants RumorsandRants

    I’m from San Diego and will totally fly home for this and be your “coach” or “cut-man” in the corner. Just have to be a part of it in some way. This is truly fantastic.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Awesome, we’ll take it. You can help prepare a gameplan!

  • http://twitter.com/RumorsandRants RumorsandRants

    Works for me, just get me the details via email when you’re set.

  • http://twitter.com/A_RamseyLTSB Anthony R.

    I can’t wait to check this out! I wonder if she’ll really show up…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2510282 Alan Hull

    This is too funny, Larry.  Good stuff.