Aggressive Fan’s ‘Bee-Zarre’ Interruption Creates Chaos as Stefanos Tsitsipas Left Baffled at Cincinnati Open 2023

Published 08/17/2023, 10:14 AM EDT

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In tennis, anything can happen! Either a successful underline might appear out of nowhere, or a minor underline can cause havoc. While no tournament is complete without a little drama, the Western and Southern Open recently had an unusual scene during Stefanos Tsitsipas and Ben Shelton’s first-round encounter. However, there was no dispute; rather, something happened that got on the Greek tennis player’s nerves in the middle of the match.

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While the 25-year-old has been through a lot of player-spectators issues on the court, such as dealing with the crowd, while they go against him. But this time, the interruption was not only new to the tennis world but also new for the 2023 Australian Open finalist.

Stefanos Tsitsipas was irritated with a fan’s action 

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As this Cincinnati Masters has started, the Greek tennis player recently played the first round against the 20-year-old American tennis player. During the second round of the game, while everything was going smoothly, Tsitsipas was left  ‘bee-zarre’ by an aggressive spectator sitting behind him who was allegedly making bee noises during the match. Looking into that, it was something that had never happened to him on the tennis court.

The 25-year-old tennis player, after pausing the match out of nowhere, went up to the chair umpire and shared the same concern with him. Tsitsipas said, “There’s a person imitating a bee behind me. It’s a buzz right before I serve. Do you think that’s okay?”

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Nevertheless, after finding out the culprit, he returned to the empire and said, “It has never happened in my career.” While he wanted the lady out of the court due to the disturbance, the Umpire denied his request. In the end, it was obvious that she was cheering on Shelton during the bout by making these buzzing noises.

Well, even after facing a hurdle during the match, the fourth-ranked player made his way to the second round of the tournament, making his stand in the game clear. Nevertheless, now and then, tennis fans have experienced various kinds of fan interaction during their matches.

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Similarly, a month ago, the world’s number one, Carlos Alcaraz, also encountered a fan interaction, but that interaction turned out to be a laughing stock.

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During the clay court season, a video went viral over the internet in which a fan, well intended, was trying to make a shouting chant. With that chant “PoloPopo PoloLooo,” he intended to get the whole crowd and even the 20-year-old Spaniard with him, but it went the other way around and made Alcaraz chuckle over the incident.

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While the fan tried to create the traditional chant, his version drew laughter everywhere, including from the 2023 Wimbledon champion, who was focused on the court. Nevertheless, as it was a fun game, the hilarious moment showcased the camaraderie between the Spaniard and the fans in addition to bringing some laughter to the game.

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However, now and then there are various kinds of fan interruptions, and every tennis player has their own way of dealing with them.

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. Being a sports enthusiast, she has been following varied sports like tennis, cricket and Esports from her childhood.
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