De Blasio Says Fans ‘Are Going to Be Rooting’ for US Open Player Who Already Lost

deblasioOh… politicians and their sports gaffes. From the Paul Ryan waving the terrible towel in Cleveland, to Ted Cruz waxing poetic about the ole basketball rings of Indiana, our nation’s legislators seldom seem to miss an opportunity to show off their complete lack of sports knowledge while trying to pander to the electorate.

Add New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to the illustrious list of sports-gaffe making politicians. Addressing the crowd at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center prior to Monday night play at the US Open tennis tournament, the mayor took a moment to salute Monica Puig — who made history by winning the first ever Olympic Gold medal for Puerto Rico during the Rio Games.

“A lot of New Yorkers are going to be rooting for Puerto Rico’s own Monica Puig,” de Blasio said.

One problem: Puig had already been eliminated from the tournament.

Puig lost her first round US Open match to Zheng Saisai 6-4, 6-2 during the afternoon session of play on Monday.

Check out the video above, via ESPN2, which includes the muted applause which followed the remark, presumably from tennis-savvy fans who already knew that Puig lost.

[h/t Bob’s Blitz, New York Post]

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