Australian Open Day 1: Of Tsitsipas’ lost shoe, Rublev’s racket-smash & controversial handshake

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 0

The Australian Open began on Monday with some of the biggest name getting their campaigns underway. Apart from some clinical wins and upsets, there were some other moments that caught many an eye.


Rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas was up against Matteo Berrettini of Italy. While he managed to avoid a shock defeat, coming back from a set down to clinch a 6-7 6-4 6-3 7-6 victory, there was one moment where he messed it up: he lost his left shoe mid rally.

And guess what? A similar incident had happened with him at the Barcelona Open last year (he had suffered a nasty fall then).

Needs to learn the art of tying the laces properly, maybe?


Andrey Rublev did no good to his controversial image as lost his temper during his tussle against American Mackenzie Mcdonald.

After losing a point, he tried to break his racket by smashing it on his feet. He failed to do so, as has been the case many times in the past.

He, however, found a way to demolish one, by bending it in a cheeky way. That helped him in no way, though, as he went down 6-4 6-4 2-6 6-4.


It was a tough day in the office for Barbora Strycova. First, she was handed a 4-6 6-7 defeat at the hands of the controversial Yulia Putintseva. Then, she was (apparently) give a brutal handshake from the latter.

Well, that’s what her reaction suggests!

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