'Out of control': Australian Open crowd savaged over 'awful' scenes

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Nick Kyrgios, pictured here during his opening round clash at the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios appeared to be confused by the crowd's antics during his Australian Open clash. Image: Getty

There were bizarre scenes at the Australian Open on Tuesday night as Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray both appeared to be booed by the crowd for absolutely no reason.

However it quickly emerged that they weren't being booed at all.

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Confusion reigned among fans watching on TV at home as what sounded like boos continually rained down from the crowd during Murray and Kyrgios' matches on John Cain Arena.

The noises were coming from one small but particularly vocal part of the crowd, leading many to slam the spectators.

However it later emerged that they weren't actually booing, but replicating a celebratory chant made popular by Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is known to let out a 'Siuuuu' chant whenever he scores a goal, with the chant deriving from the Spanish word for 'yes'.

It was pointed out during Kyrgios' match that the fans were actually yelling out 'Siuuu' rather than booing.

"Initially, I thought it was [a boo], because there were some people booing during my practice yesterday. I have no idea what for. Yeah, so originally that's what I thought it was," Murray said after his match.

"But then yeah after a few times it was like, no, they're doing that, I think it's like 'Siuuu' or something that Ronaldo does when he scores. It was incredibly irritating."

Nick Kyrgios, pictured here during his win over Liam Broady at the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios looks on during his win over Liam Broady at the Australian Open. (Photo by MICHAEL ERREY/AFP via Getty Images)

Kyrgios was also confused by the chant, saying before a serve: "Once every set yeah? F***ing every point, 'Siuuu' 'Siuuu'."

He later added: "I don't know what I've done to this crowd because you guys are a zoo now. You guys are out of control.

"I'm just happy to be in front of you guys again. Honestly, it's so much fun."

Kyrgios expanded in his post-match press conference after he imitated Ronaldo's post-goal celebration on the court.

"It's just a stupid [chant], f**k, I can't believe they did it so much," he said.

"They were doing some Ronaldo thing. Ronaldo does it every time he scores.

"It's like - I thought they were going to do it for 10 minutes. They did it for two-and-a-half hours, like every point. I don't know why. It was a zoo out there."

After fans initially condemned the crowd for booing, others also panned the 'Siuuu' chant for its utterly bizarre appearance at the Australian Open.

"Imagine calling out ‘SIIIIUUUU’ repeatedly at the tennis and thinking you’re cool. You’re not," tweeted journalist Damien Ractliffe.

Nick Kyrgios surges into Australian Open second round

Kyrgios produced a typically lively display on return from a bout of Covid-19 to set up a blockbuster second-round clash with tournament favourite Daniil Medvedev.

Less than a fortnight after testing positive to the virus, Kyrgios put some spark into a previously subdued Melbourne Park with a 6-4 6-4 6-3 first-round win over British qualifier Liam Broady.

The 26-year-old, wearing a red basketball-style singlet and trademark jewellery, lived up to his billing as the game's greatest showman as he broke Broady's serve in the opening game and whipped the John Cain Arena crowd into a frenzy.

He then blasted a 220km/h ace and followed it up with a cheeky underhand serve through his legs as he held to love to set the tone for the match.

Nick Kyrgios' girlfriend Costeen Hatzi, pictured here during his win at the Australian Open.
Nick Kyrgios' girlfriend Costeen Hatzi watches on during his win at the Australian Open. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Kyrgios sent down six aces in his first two service games and finished with 21 for the match, while landing 81 per cent of first serves in a dominant display.

During the second set, Kyrgios took a point when he surprised Broady with a mid-rally shot between his legs and then ripped a curling forehand down the line.

Kyrgios looked calm and comfortable for the most part, without any of the major on-court drama that has hindered him throughout his career.

The impressive display came about a week after Kyrgios was bedridden with Covid-19 and just days after his isolation period ended.

"I had some doubts, a lot of messages (asking) if I was going to play, but I just couldn't ask for a better team," Kyrgios said.

"The last week has been tough, I did isolation, my girlfriend was there and I was lucky enough to have a tennis court just to hit some serves.

"Obviously I served f***ing well today."

with AAP

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