Tuesday night’s match between Australian enigma Nick Kyrgios and British journeyman Liam Broady took place in a magnificent atmosphere at the John Cain Arena.
Melbourne Park’s third-largest ground sold out for the show (up to 50% allowed under COVID-19 regulations) as Kyrgios won in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-3.
Fans shouted, chanted, clapped and stood as Kyrgios put on a show, including tweeners and crushing winners.
There were even fans chanting Cristiano Ronaldo “siiiiiiuuuuu”, perhaps repetitively, as well as helping to generate noise and color.
However, Kyrgios and some John Cain Arena fans were criticized for the noisy atmosphere created at night.
Did Kyrgios do anything offensive during the match? No.
Did the fans do anything offensive during the match? No.
Broady said that after the game his experience of playing Kyrgios in front of a parochial Australian crowd at the John Cain Arena was “horrible”, also adding that it “was not pleasant” because he had lost.
But the British player’s words were taken out of context by snowflakes and the media looking for a negative thread from Kyrgios.
In the same quotes, Broady said the atmosphere was “incredible” and the experience would stand him in good stead for the rest of the year.
On the same night at Rod Laver Arena, Australian wildcard Storm Sanders was a set and a break against world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka.
Although the Aussie fighter is on the brink of one of the biggest upsets in Australian Open history, there was no ambiance or atmosphere on the court and it was a disappointing experience for those s found there. Especially since Sabalenka rallied from that point on to win the match.
The atmosphere in tennis and in sports in general is a wonderful feeling and ambiance that makes the sporting experience more enjoyable.
And that’s standard experience at Kyrgios games, especially at his favorite John Cain Arena.
If the noise and color generated is in no way racist, sexist or offensive, then keep playing.
Sorry for the criticisms, but the fishing for outrage is laughable in this example.
Let’s hope for another atmosphere and a better game when Kyrgios takes on world number 2 Daniil Medvedev in the second round on Thursday.