Normally, I would try to work up a nice hatred and disdain for Jeremy Chardy, given the way he pulled off the unlikely upset over DelPo in five sets at the AO.
However, Chardy’s Kia Open Drive video is too funny not to share. He maximizes his French accent to full effect here:
Chardy’s imitation of a barking dog (at 0:37) is especially hilarious. I can’t even hate him anymore, it’s too good (he was still barking at 0:52).
Given Chardy’s off-court troubles, I admit I feel a certain amount of empathy for him and I don’t begrudge him too greatly for defeating DelPo. I wonder if I’m suffering from Stockholm Syndrome (although my so-called Stockholm Syndrome has somewhat paid off, when it comes to DelPo vs. Fed in 2012).
I found it highly coincidental that a Julio from Chile asks Chardy about his secret weapon at the AO. I was fully expecting Chardy to say, Set up DelPo by frustrating him with my backhand slices, before winding up a ballbashing forehand that would make James Blake blush. Instead, Chardy credits his success to “A nice girl.” Intéressant.
Chardy concludes the interview with a karaoke segment, featuring France’s national anthem (at 1:26). He does a swell job, but I think DelPo did a better job of keeping a straight face while he lip-synched to the flamboyant mariachi band that sang Argentina’s national anthem during the opening of the Gillette exho against Fed in Tigre.
I’d argue that DelPo’s lip-synching performance rivals that of Beyonce’s own “performance” at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony!
In any case, I begrudgingly admit that Jeremy Chardy had a very entertaining Kia Open Drive and that he’s not entirely evil for having defeated DelPo.