Tsitsipas found himself in a bizarre and funny situation in Cincinnati.
Stefanos Tsitsipas found himself in a bizarre and funny situation during his Cincinnati Masters match against Ben Shelton as the Greek complained to the chair umpire about getting distracted by a spectator making bee noises.
As Tsitsipas was preparing to serve, he stopped and waved with his racket in the air as if he was trying to make a bee fly away. But after realizing there weren’t any bees around him, Tsitsipas went to the chair umpire and claimed there was someone making constant bee noises just before his serves.“There’s a person imitating a bee behind me.
It’s a buzz right before I serve. Do you think that’s okay?” Tsitsipas was heard telling the chair umpire.After going to the stands and finding out about who was distracting, Tsitsipas wanted the woman thrown out of the stadium.
“It has never happened in my career. I know they’re supporting the [other player]. It’s the lady over there, I want her out. She needs to go… when I’m about to serve, all I hear is [bzzz],” Tsitsipas told the chair umpire.
“There’s a person imitating a bee behind me” ðŸ
The most bee-zarre thing you’ll see today ðŸ˜‚#CincyTennis @steftsitsipas pic.twitter.com/t2W50fvo51 — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 16, 2023
Tsitsipas overcame the incident, beat Shelton in two sets
Tsitsipas, seeded at No 4, didn’t have an easy day at the office in his Cincinnati opener but he was able to beat rising star Shelton 7-6 (3) 7-6 (2).
After the match, Tsitsipas was full of praise for 20-year-old Shelton, who made the Australian Open quarterfinal earlier this year. “He’s still relatively young and he has that free spirit in the way he approaches his game.
It came down to two tiebreakers and I was very confident if I made a few returns back and got him to rally a bit, things might go my way, and it ended up so. I was tough, for sure. I was tough as nails, and that gave me the win today,” Tsitsipas said after beating Shelton.