Darren Rovell vs. SI's Richard Deitsch in a Geeky Twitter Battle Over Tennis

Darren Rovell took Roger Federer’s Wimbledon semifinal victory over Novak Djokovic as an opportunity to bash tennis. The recipient of his unprompted attack was his frenemy, Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated. (Backstory: Rovell once said something to the effect of, “tennis is in trouble!” Deitsch is a tennis guy, and took umbrage.)

Here are the tweets, which are best read from the bottom up. I’d suggest pouring yourself a neat scotch, kicking your feet up, and laughing at this mess. Rovell’s tweets are first; then you can go check out Deitsch‘s retorts. For those looking for a winner here … it feels like the kind of slap fight where two fighters slug it out in the middle of the ring and both collapse despite only connecting on glancing blows, never getting up before the ref counts out 10. (Note: Deitsch wrote the first big story about this website in 2008.)

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