Pat Rafter’s Sense of Marijuana Is Not a Bad Thing

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — It’s been a long road to triumph over a teammate, but a few decades from now, Pat Rafter won’t be able to tell it from all the other stories of epic battle.

The U.S. Open tennis champion said Thursday she couldn’t help but notice that her No. 3-ranked opponent on Court No. 2 for the second round was smelling like marijuana.

“Marijuana? This man is smelling like marijuana,” she mumbled to herself during the second set of her second-round match against Czech qualifier Stanislava Jazbec.

Jazbec was serving to stay in the set when she saw his sweat. And after the next point, she let Rafter know she wasn’t done.

The second-seeded Rafter took about 10 seconds, then started to leave her chair with the same smile she had for Jazbec: “I’m doing OK,” she said.

The match went back and forth until, eventually, Rafter broke Jazbec’s serve in the third game, and Jazbec got up again, shaking his head, and then walked away looking dazed. For the rest of the match, Jazbec didn’t say a word.

“I’m not talking about the match,” Rafter said. “I’m talking about him being under influence.”

She said she wanted to let her emotions out and had to do so by letting Jazbec see her face.

“I was crying a little bit,” she said. “I knew it was over,” and she walked slowly toward the exit with her face averted and her hands in her pockets.

A month and a half before the U.

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