Australian Open

Cash slams Australian fans

2014-01-18 09:33
Pat Cash (Getty Images)

Melbourne - Tennis icon Pat Cash has criticised fans as being "out of control" at the Australian Open after wild scenes during home hope Nick Kyrgios's loss to Benoit Paire.

Cash said he was embarrassed at the crowd's baiting of the French seed and warned there could be a repeat of the tournament's infamous crowd violence.

"The crowd were absolutely going crazy. Actually I'd say out of control," Australia's Cash told Fox Sports, referring to the five-set marathon on Thursday.

"I thought the umpire didn't handle that at all ... it was a joke.

"Paire would throw the ball up and they'd go 'Miss it!', stuff like this. It was out of control."

He added: "It's the Australian Open, it's got international players, it's not a Davis Cup, it's not a football match.

"A fair amount of the crowd had no respect whatsoever for a seeded French player, absolutely no respect.

"I was quite embarrassed and I think the officials need to do something about it."

Fan violence has marred previous editions of the Australian Open, and Cash said there could have been a repeat if any French fans had taken exception.

"It got out of hand a few years ago with the Greeks and the Croatians having fights, I don't want to get into who started what but if there was French people there they could have been really upset about what was going on," he said.

Paire clawed back from two sets down against Kyrgios, 18, in a pulsating match that ran for three hours and 20 minutes on the intimate Margaret Court Arena.

Read more on:    australian open  |  tennis
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Peng upstages Radwanska

2014-08-27 20:11

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.