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Tennis legend Pat Cash says crowds at the Australian Open are “out of control” and that officials must clamp down on disruptive fans.
Alexander Kudryavtsev labelled fans as “animals” during his loss to local favourite Marinko Matosevic, while Ernests Gulbis was seen telling fans to “shut up” in his defeat to another Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis.
“I talked to the authorities last year. My words were, if you invite international players out you’ve got to treat them with respect,’’ Cash told the Herald Sun’s Confidential.
“(On Monday) the security guys cracked down in the Marcos Baghdatis match, I was there watching, he’s a mate of mine, and the crowds were out of control.
“The umpire came up and had a talk with them at the change of ends. I’m not saying don’t cheer, but last year was out of control.
“Crowd behaviour has been the disappointing thing of the Australian Open for the last few years.”
Day 3 of the Australian Open sees locals Nick Kygrios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Marinko Matosevic and James Duckworth all in action.