Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the semifinals at the Australian Open for the fourth time in his career, the third in a row. The Greek tennis player got rid of Jiri Lehecka in three sets and was good at managing the most important moments of the match in the best possible way.
Both in the second and in the third set, Tsitsipas canceled a large number of break points by relying on his serve and avoiding any chance of a comeback. As already happened during the last edition of Wimbledon, the Greek risked losing the match due to a disqualification.
In the third part, on the score of 4-3 15:30 he allowed his rival to affect with the forehand due to a bad return and he vented his frustration by throwing the ball on the tarpaulin on the sideline. Tsitsipas brushed past a young ball boy who was already ready to recover the ball.
Stefanos Tsitsipas' bad gesture against a ball boy: here is the episode
The Greek didn't flinch and didn't check the direction of his shot. After each episode of this relevance, it is impossible to forget the disqualification that prevented Novak Djokovic from continuing his adventure at the 2020 US Open.
At the press conference, Tsitsipas was questioned about the incident and explained: "I saw where the ball boy was positioned when the ball arrived. I am a professional tennis player. Obviously I didn't aim at him. I saw the wall and hit it.
The ball boy, in my eyes, was quite far away. I should have missed the shot to hit him with the ball. Of course it's not nice to hit the ball against the wall either. I don't think I hit too hard. But it does not matter. Not happy I did.
I shouldn't have done that. It was a difficult moment, I didn't answer well. There was some frustration, but things happen fast. I didn't let the episode affect me and carried on playing very good tennis. I had to do something different." Below you can watch the video in which Tsitsipas hits his shot:
😬 Stefanos Tsitsipas came THIS close to hitting a ball kid out of frustration in an incident eerily reminiscent of Novak Djokovic's controversial US Open default. 😳
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