China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Tim Smy­czek can be for­given for his slow start at the US Open on Wed­nes­day, given his courtesy car ran out of gas on the way to Flush­ing Mead­ows and he mo­men­tar­ily feared he would not make it to the court at all.

The Amer­i­can even­tu­ally over­came Aus­tralian op­po­nent James Duckworth 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 and was able to laugh at the morn­ing’s events, which were like some­thing out of a pre-match anx­i­ety night­mare.

When Smy­czek no­ticed other ve­hi­cles pass­ing them on the high­way, he looked at the fuel gauge and saw his driver had her foot off the gas pedal.

“She thought she was go­ing to be able to make it to the site with­out step­ping on the gas again,” Smy­czek said.

“We had to be five, six miles away, still. I don’t know what the thought process was.”

When a truck cut them off, the driver had to hit the brakes, and they couldn’t coast any farther. They pulled over to the side of the road, where Smy­czek tweeted out pho­tos as they waited to be picked up.

“I felt bad for the lady be­cause she knew she screwed up. But there was noth­ing you could do but laugh.”

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