One of the first matches that ended on the Australian Open day one was the one between Ryan Harrison and Dudi Sela. The American player prevailed in five sets, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 after three hours and 47 minutes, in a very tense match.
In the second set Harrison broke back Sela in the third game, according to Sela, the American was exaggerated in his celebration. Sela, then, approached Harrison and told him something at the net. Sela went on to serve for the match in the fourth set, but was broken.
At the end of the match, Harrison is said to have told the following sentence to his coaches, referring to Sela's fans in the stands: 'Fuck those fucking people! Fuck them off!' It's not the first time that Harrison has had problems with an opponent during a match: in August 2015 during the Cincinnati Open, the 25-year-old had issues with the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis.
'You are a kid, asshole,' Harrison had said.
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Ryan Harrison to his coaches after his victory over Dudi Sela: "fu&k those fu&king people! Fu&k them off!" (Referring to Sela's army of fans)#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/2COS7W0huK — Jedd Zetzer (@jeddzetzer) 15 gennaio 2018