AUSTRALIAN OPEN fans have been accused of being ‘out of control’ with Andy Murray also labelling them ‘irritating’ this week.
Both he and Nick Kyrgios have revealed how baffled they have been by the behaviour of those in attendance at the tournament.
The Scot was booed while conducting his post-match interview following his thrilling five-set win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.
He said at the time: “It’s painful stuff there, those guys.”
It later emerged that they were actually screaming ‘SIUU’ – the phrase Cristiano Ronaldo shouts during his famous goal celebrations.
Murray then said: “Initially, I thought it was [a boo], because there were some people booing during my practice yesterday.
“I have no idea what for. Yeah, so originally that’s what I thought it was.
“But then yeah after a few times it was like, no, they’re doing that, I think it’s like ‘Siuuu’ or something that Ronaldo does when he scores. It was incredibly irritating.”
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But that was nothing compared to the reaction Kyrgios got as he delighted fans with trick shots during his victory over Liam Broady.
They cheered nearly every one of his winners and he admitted afterwards he found the shouting out throughout his match unbelievable.
He said: “Once every set yeah? F*** every point, ‘Siuuu’ ‘Siuuu.’”
Kyrgios then appeared to echo the former British No.1’s thoughts, saying: “I don’t know what I’ve done to this crowd because you guys are a zoo now. You guys are out of control.
“I’m just happy to be in front of you guys again. Honestly, it’s so much fun.
“It’s just a stupid [chant], f***, I can’t believe they did it so much.
“They were doing some Ronaldo thing. Ronaldo does it every time he scores. It’s like – I thought they were going to do it for 10 minutes.”
“They did it for two-and-a-half hours, like every point. I don’t know why. It was a zoo out there.”