The level of culture in the stands of tennis tournaments declines from year to year. The worst of it US OpenWhere many fans do not turn to silence. Nowadays, in New York, the public is outdoing themselves. During every meeting with the representative of the hosts, there are shouts, hums, and noises while serving. It all accumulated during the match Serene Williams With Annette Kontaveit. For Williams, this is the last championship of his career. American fans are counting on her to win and will do anything to help her.
Kontaveit took the floor
– I was expecting different reactions from the fans, but there is one thing I should know about her, and another on the field. It was hard. You have to learn it on your own. I’ve never felt this before – said the Estonian, deputy commander WTA Rankingwho lost in the second round of the US Open to Williams 6:7, 6:2, 2:6.
The enthusiastic audience repeatedly annoyed Kontaveit: during the service, there was loud applause after Estonian mistakes. Judge Allison Hughes asked the public to remain calm with each injury, but to no avail. Williams herself reacted as well. After the outburst of joy caused by Kontaveit’s mistake, the American shook his finger at the fans. It is also not heard.
The exciting duel lasted 2.5 hours. Kontaveit came to the post-match press conference completely depressed. First, she answered questions from foreign media. Then it was time for the journalists from Estonia and she couldn’t stand it then. “You don’t have to be ashamed of losing to Serena.” However, it was very difficult to deal with the fans – said Kontaveit with tears in her eyes.
A moment later, the second place in the ranking left the conference room. She was no longer able to continue her meeting with the media. This is not the end of the 2022 US Open for her, as she competed in doubles with American Shelby Rogers, coach of Peter Seerzbotowski, former coach of Iga Švetik. Kontaveit duo – Rogers could play against the Williams sisters in the second round, who play together in a doubles competition.
Williams’ last championship
Thursday at 18:00 Poland time Iga Witeck He will play host Sloane Stephens in the second round of the US Open. Polish women can see for themselves what American fans can do. On the other hand, you can wish her a match with Serena Williams in this tournament (in the semi-finals at the earliest). On the other hand, competing in such an atmosphere at a Grand Slam event is very demanding.
In any of the other three Grand Slam tournaments, viewers don’t go as far as cheering as in New York. In Paris, fans love the host or Rafael Nadal, but the hum at the service of Novak Djokovic or other players is rare.
The beautiful story of Serena Williams, 40, saying goodbye to a professional player at the US Open Tennis. It is a pity that the American public spoils the great atmosphere that should prevail at the end of the career of the greatest tennis player in history.