Up to 30,000 spectators fill the stands in Melbourne day-after-day. A small victory in opposition to the pandemic.
This Friday is “show time” in Melbourne, with the shock of the 3e tour between the native Nick Kyrgios and the Austrian Dominic Thiem. The Australian public holds their breath, prepared for a brand new environment of bullfighting. After his victory at the finish of a marathon in 5 units in opposition to one other native of the nation, Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas punctually extinguished the volcano on Thursday however blew: “It’s good from Tennis Australia to let the spectators come, because we played two Grand Slams last year in a vacuum and it’s good to have this energy, to feel that we are really playing tennis again? “So much energy that a spectator, visibly alcoholic, was evacuated by the security service Thursday evening after having addressed a middle finger to Nadal! What rather made laugh the Spaniard in demonstration against the American Michael Mmoh (6-1, 6-4, 6-2).»READ ALSO – Australian Open: Nadal hilarious and incredulous in front of the middle finger of a spectator
Stopped for five months by the pandemic, the circuit relaunched willy-nilly last summer in stadiums mostly behind closed doors (US Open, London Masters) or with confidential gauges (1,000 spectators per day at Roland Garros). Better than nothing, but depressing in the long run, this deafening silence for viewers and players in the game. On the other side of the world, tennis therefore finds its soul. The first Grand Slam of the year can be played with up to 30,000 non-masked spectators in the stands per day – with masks on the three main courts when the roof is closed. An exceptional gauge, the result of drastic measures taken by the authorities of the State of Victoria – and of the country in general – to eradicate the Covid-19. It was in fact part piano, since they were only 18,000 to have paid their entry Monday. But thanks to the sumptuous electric duel of the 2e turn between Ugo Humbert and Nick Kyrgios, tennis has definitely regained color. The French and the Australian put on a great show on the Hisense Arena, transformed into a boiling arena. “A crazy atmosphere, a crazy match, drunk guys … That’s what we love!”, Ignited on social networks the French Alexandre Müller, released at 2e tower.
“It felt a little weird”
The whimsical Kyrgios, he received one of the best ovations of his career following his success in five sets against Humbert, after saving two match points. ” I had goosebumps. The atmosphere was amazing. I felt like the stadium was packed when it was only half full. »« The atmosphere was great, sometimes very loud. It felt a little weird, Humbert admitted. There are times when I struggled to keep my focus, not to get upset, not to get out of the game. As soon as I missed a first ball, people were happy. It hasn’t always been easy. But that’s part of the game. ”It should be stated that after having made quite a lot of effort to drive out the virus, Australians have each proper to let go a little bit.