The Ellen DeGeneres Show loves to send the executive director Andy Lassner or “Average Andy” to various sporting events. Two weeks ago, ‘Average Andy’ went to the US Open 2019 where he was seen blathering with the top tennis stars including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Naomi Osaka. Lassner also played with some of the players at the Flushing Meadows.
In a funny conversation with Roger Federer, Andy asked the 20-time Grand Slam champion, “I don’t play tennis. But if I started right now, once a week for an hour, how long till I could play in something like this? In a tournament like this? What would it be?” Roger Federer replied, “unfortunately never (smiling)”.
He also got tips from the eventual US open 2019 champion Rafael Nadal, who showcased him how he follows through after hitting a forehand. However, ‘Average Andy’ made that moment into a hilarious romantic moment with the world No.2.
He also had some hilarious conversation with the WTA stars – Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, when he was seen boasting about his fame and his tennis skills in a sarcastic manner.
Andy Lassner also played tennis with John Isner, when he was scared to face the huge serve from the American. He asked Isner, “So, what do your serves clock at?” He replied: “I have hit 156 before.” ‘Average Andy’, however, asked him to keep it down around 140 against him. Andy stood on the other side to return Isner’s serve, when he said, “Dude if he hits me, I am done.”
Then he took to the court with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, and Madison Keys. He also partnered up with US Open 2019 mixed doubles champion Mattek-Sands against the Bryan brothers.
Novak Djokovic finished his lessons as he recorded his voice on Lassner’s phone, praising Andy and proving that he is anything but “average”.
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