The Australian Open almost ends in disaster for Stefanos Tsitsipas after narrowly missing ball kid during the breakout

Stefanos Tsitsipas, the present tennis professional ranked No. 4 on this planet, superior to the semi-final spherical Australian Open on Tuesday after defeating Jiri Lehecka within the quarterfinals recreation, however the consequence of that recreation might have been very totally different because of an outburst Tsitsipas had in response to a missed ball.

Within the third sentence Tsitsipas led by two units and missed a return throughout a short backwards and forwards on Lehecka’s serve.

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas scores a comeback against Czech Jiri Lehecka in their men's singles quarterfinal match during day 9 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 24, 2023.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas scores a comeback in opposition to Czech Jiri Lehecka of their males’s singles quarterfinal match throughout day 9 of the Australian Open tennis match in Melbourne January 24, 2023.
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Then, in frustration, Tsitsipas slams the ball in opposition to the wall simply as a ball boy comes by to retrieve the ball.

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“Tsitsipas was simply actually fortunate,” stated the broadcasters concerning the outbreak. “He swings in anger and it virtually hits the ball, child, and when it does, he shakes palms in that match as a loser.”

ATP guidelines are strict relating to ball abuse throughout matches. 2020, Novak Djokovic was famously disqualified from the US Open after hitting a ball that hit a linesman. Consequently, the chair umpire dominated that he had deserted the match.

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

A ball child strikes a moth in the course of the quarter closing singles match between Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas and Czech’s Jiri Lehecka on day ninth of the Australian Open 2023 at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Tsitsipas stated throughout a post-round press convention that he regretted hitting the ball that manner, however from his viewpoint, the ball child wasn’t shut sufficient to be hit.

“I noticed the ball child when the ball got here again – you realize, I am an expert tennis participant. I wasn’t aiming for the ball child, after all. I noticed the wall. It simply went again to the wall. The ball child was, effectively , for my part, fairly distant from me.”

“I actually ought to have missed hitting that ball boy.”

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Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during their quarterfinal singles match against Czech Jiri Lehecka on day ninth of the Australian Open 2023 at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.

Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts throughout their quarterfinal singles match in opposition to Czech Jiri Lehecka vs Czech Jiri Lehecka at Melbourne Park on January 24, 2023 at Melbourne Park, January 24, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.
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He continued: “Clearly banging it in opposition to the wall is not even fairly. I personally do not suppose I hit it too laborious. Nevertheless it does not matter. It doesn’t matter. What I did, I am undoubtedly not joyful about it and I should not have carried out it, but it surely was a part of the second. My ball got here up brief – there was a little bit of frustration however you realize issues occur.

Tsitsipas will play in opposition to Karen Khachanov from Russia within the semifinals on Thursday.