Introducing the Witten Wall

We’ve seen the J-Block and the Samurai. Now, enter the Witten Wall, the Open’s latest loud, proud, largely male fan group, who cheered on Jesse Witten during his second-round win over Maximo Gonzalez, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Made up mostly of Witten’s pals from his University of Kentucky days (he’s a 2005 graduate), the Witten Wall may want to get a little more creative: at the moment, they just wear blue Wildcats shirts and chant “JES-se WIT-ten, clap, clap, clapclapclap.” But what they lack in body paint and poetic cheers, they make up for in volume and beer.

Witten, a big, frat-boyish dude’s dude who spent the beginning of the year doing Futures tournaments in tiny Texas towns, is tailor-made for a raucous fan cheering section. And he clearly appreciated the effort, even though compared to the Wildcats’ basketball fans, he said, “I had five instead of fifty thousand.”

“I had a good crowd,” he said after the match, “and they pulled me through, ’cause I think they were really getting the other guy down and they really got in his head a little bit, so it gave me a little more energy.”

Witten will need all the energy he can get for his third round match, which may well be against Novak Djokovic, who plays tonight. Introducing the Witten Wall