To siu, or not to siu.
The iconic goal celebration of Cristiano Ronaldo, which is usually reserved for football stadiums around the world, has found its way into tennis – and not everyone is involved.
What started as a short laugh quickly turned into a widespread misunderstanding and now noticeable irritation.
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Tennis, like golf, has been a gentleman’s sport for so long – Nick Kyrgios said even after his defeat to Daniil Medvedev on Thursday night.
“I thought the atmosphere was great. I thought the crowd was like that, that’s what sport is,” he said.
“You have the most entertaining player playing in his home slam on Rod Laver. You would expect the crowd to be like that.
“I can understand that it’s a gentleman’s game, but it’s time for people to embrace a kind of different energy in this sport, otherwise it dies out.”
But even still, Kyrgios knew that there were certain points where that tradition must be respected, where silence is an expression of respect.
“I told the referee, I also said that in my fight against Broady, that the media obviously did not take up, but I said, you know, you have to tell the audience that they should not scream out before, whether it’s me – it I do not.I honestly do not care if it’s my serve, he said.
“Of course big points, no. But if it’s like 40-Love, 1-up, I said to the referee, ‘Tell the audience to stand up. My opponent might not like that.'”
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Medvedev certainly did not enjoy it and told the media after the match: “Between first and second serve, that’s where you know it’s hard.”
“I do not think it’s good for the game to do that, because people probably do not know, but when you get ready for another serve, it’s a tough moment. I think people should respect both players and just not talk in these moments. “
Medvedev was hardly alone in that assessment as well, with AFL star Mason Cox even taking to social media to shout the ongoing ‘Siu’ song from the crowd.
“Medvedev is funny. Just ignore the audience who bubs him and call them out,” he tweeted.
“Loved the way he played. Just took the business. Laser focus and methodical. Impressive, you have to respect that. ”
Cox later found out, like many others who were initially confused by the noise, that the audience was not buzzing, but that changed a bit.
“Apparently people are saying Siu, which means yes in Spanish, and it’s a Ronaldo celebration,” he tweeted.
“Tennis is not football. When 76,000 people say it after a Ronaldo goal, it’s cool. When the 100s shout it to a tennis star who hears it as ‘Boo’, it does not send the right message.”
It’s the timing rather than what’s being shouted out that really matters, and Cox was joined by a chorus of viewers who criticized chants as highly as those responsible for it.
“In the Davis Cup band, we see the parochialism of the home country, we recognize and respect that,” said former Australian tennis player Roger Rasheed. ITS.
“This is entertaining to a level and then I think it crosses a line where it is not a tennis match anymore because too much is happening with all the players there.
“They feel they have to go to that fight and they have to join.
“It’s okay, different eyes on tennis, but do they come to watch other matches, or is it just this?”
However, former Australian tennis players Todd Woodbridge and Darren Cahill had a very different attitude to the debate.
“I had a friend who works in the opera and they came and said that Nick brings new people into the crowd … that’s exactly what Nick does about our tennis,” he said on Kanal ni.
“I loved every second of it last night,” Cahill added.
“I thought it was exciting. Remember Medvedev played a couple of matches at the US Open a couple of years ago where the audience was the same or worse. He loves it there. He works with them. He showed no emotion last night “Blocked the audience out.”
Meanwhile on Tennis PodcastEurosport journalist Catherine Whittaker was at the opposite end of the spectrum, critical of audience behavior.
“I’ve been trying to put my finger on why I hate it so much,” she said.
“I love atmosphere, I really do not mind that drunk Australians in a crowd are a little silly. I’m into all sorts of crowd vibes and I really do not like this.
“It’s something that it’s exclusively male. Maybe there’s the strange female voice in there that gets drowned, but it certainly sounds exclusively male, exclusively a certain demographic of males who somehow feel so tired and toxic masculinity “Get a life. They all think it’s so cool and smart.”
Jim Courier was forced to explain the origin of the song to Medvedev on the pitch after his match, a fact that BBC 5 Live and BT Sports’ David Law saw as particularly important.
“The fact that all these players, they do not know what’s going on and they confuse it with that buh … it’s just nonsense,” he said.
“Stop doing that.”
“Medvedev was really annoyed by that,” Matt Roberts added.
“There was a different energy to his outfit of the audience in that on-field interview. It came from a place of irritation, the fact that they did it between first and second serve is what annoyed him the most.
“When he started saying, ‘Guys, I can not hear Jim Courier, he’s a two-time champion, you have to respect him,'” it was amazing. “
The fact that Medvedev was able to win Thursday’s match, which it did with a steely focus that led Dylan Alcott to compare him to a “robot”, talked a lot about how mature the Russian is now.
“Five years ago I would probably crack two rackets, just get angry, start yelling at my box for nothing. And that would probably not help me win the fight,” he said. Eurosportafter the game.
“I could win some [matches] like this, but you can not win Grand Slams like this.
“So it makes me really happy because I can still have some tantrums, we all know that, but I have worked on myself. I’ve been working pretty hard the last couple of years and I’m trying to mature as a tennis player and a person.
“The fight like tonight, and a few last years, shows that I’m capable of being really strong mentally no matter what happens on the pitch, and I’m really happy about that.”
Medvedev certainly got some fans in Australia on Thursday night with the way he handled the drama.
However, the same cannot be said of the co-opted ‘Siu’ song.