Australian Open’s ‘Weird Concept’ Slammed by Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Brother Following a Heartbreaking Doubles Exit

Published 01/16/2024, 3:41 AM EST

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As the Australian Open was going on, Stefanos Tsitsipas‘ brother slammed the Australian crowd for their weird behavior after his doubles exit. Whether it be a tennis tournament or any other sporting event, the audience and the country are some of the major changes that the players feel regularly. While sometimes the venues are similar, having different crowds in different countries can be a huge problem to deal with.

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While the 23-year-old was a part of the Australian Open with his brother, he faced the first round of the feet in the double arena. But during his exit, he dwelled on how dealing with the Aussie crowd is not as easy as it looks.

Stefanos Tsitsipas’ brother points out Aussie crowds’ weird behavior

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Petros Tsitsipas played the doubles with his elder brother, but apparently faced defeat in the first round itself. After the defeat, during the post-match press conference, he openly talked about how it’s not easy to play in front of the Australian crowd.

He stated, “It’s a very weird concept, in my opinion. It’s way too accessible, in a way, for the public to — it was a bit noisy, as well, so it’s not so easy to concentrate. But obviously the smaller courts are always like that in slams. You know, there is a lot going on with the people, with, you know, shouting also on other courts.” 

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Apart from that, he also highlighted how, on the small courts during the Grand Slam tournament, these problems are quite usual, whether it be the US Open or any other major. Subsequently, he also detailed how players are ready to shut these noises out and give their best, but sometimes it can be a difficult moment to concentrate.

Petros Tsitsipas added, “Even in other slams like US Open you can hear lots of noise sometimes. You just need to be able to, as a tennis player, to block it out and perform.” But do you know that he is not the only one who has talked about the Australian Open audience? Last year, it was Ben Shelton who faced booing during the same tournament.

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Ben Shelton felt ‘unreal’ to see the crowd ‘booed, first time at a pro match’

Last year, during the tournament, when the 21-year-old defeated the Australian player, Alexei Popyrin, in front of his home crowd, he witnessed an expected reaction from the crowd. He stated, “They kind of set the tone when I walked on the court, they booed, first time at a pro match that had happened to me. It was unreal, But I can always respect a whole country getting behind their guy.” 

However, there were jeers for Shelton; the crowd was totally in support of their player and supported him through thick and thin. Apart from that, although the American tennis sensation has respect for the crowd regarding the way they supported their guy, he didn’t look at the negative side of the crowd.

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Moreover, what are your thoughts on the rowdy Aussie crowd? Do let us know in the comment section below.

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