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Australian Open practically ends in catastrophe for Stefanos Tsitsipas after narrowly lacking ball child throughout outburst

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the present world No. 4 ranked tennis professional, superior to the semifinal spherical of the Australian Open on Tuesday after defeating Jiri Lehecka of their quarterfinal match, however the final result of that match might have been very totally different due to an outburst Tsitsipas had in response to a missed ball. 

In the third set and main by two units, Tsitsipas missed a return throughout a brief back-and-forth on Lehecka’s serve.

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas hits a return against the Czech Republic's Jiri Lehecka during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan. 24, 2023.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas hits a return in opposition to the Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehecka throughout their males’s singles quarter-final match on day 9 of the Australian Open tennis event in Melbourne on Jan. 24, 2023.
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Then, out of frustration, Tsitsipas hits the ball into the wall simply as a ball child passes by to retrieve the ball. 

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“Tsitsipas simply received actually fortunate,” the broadcasters stated of the outburst. “He swings in anger and it practically hits the ball child and if it does, he’s shaking palms a loser on this match.” 

ATP guidelines are strict about ball abuse throughout matches. In 2020, Novak Djokovic was famously disqualified from the U.S. Open after he hit a ball that hit a line decide. As a end result, the chair umpire dominated he defaulted the match. 

A ball kid moves a moth in the quarterfinal singles match between Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and Czech Republic's Jiri Lehecka during day nine of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.  

A ball child strikes a moth within the quarterfinal singles match between Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehecka throughout day 9 of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.  
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Tsitsipas stated throughout a press convention after the spherical that he regrets hitting the ball in that method, however from his standpoint, the ball child was not shut sufficient to get hit. 

“I noticed the ball child when the ball got here again – , I’m an expert tennis participant. I used to be not aiming for the ball child, clearly. I noticed the wall. It simply went again in the direction of the wall. The ball child was, effectively in my eyes, fairly far-off from me.”

“I’d have actually needed to miss to hit that ball child.”

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts in the quarterfinals singles match against the Czech Republic's Jiri Lehecka during day nine of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. 

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts within the quarterfinals singles match in opposition to the Czech Republic’s Jiri Lehecka throughout day 9 of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Jan. 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. 
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He continued, “Of course, it’s not good even to hit it again in the direction of the wall. I personally don’t assume I hit it too exhausting. But it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. What I did, I’m positively not completely happy about that and I shouldn’t have completed it however it was a part of the second. My ball fell quick – there was slightly little bit of frustration there however issues occur.” 

Tsitsipas goes on to play Karen Khachanov of Russia within the semifinals on Thursday.

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