'Disrespectful': Tennis world stunned over 'ridiculous' Aus Open drama

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Aussie mixed doubles pair Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler (pictured) hug after winning their Australian Open match.
Aussie mixed doubles pair Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler (pictured) won their Australian Open match, which finished at 1.35am. (Images: Australian Open)

The tennis world has reacted with sympathy and shock after Aussie mixed doubles pair Jaimee Fourlis and Jason Kubler took to the court at early 1am following Daniil Medvedev's epic quarter-final match at the Australian Open.

Medvedev summoned up astonishing reserves of spirit and quality to win 6-7 (4-7), 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5, 6-4 against Felix Auger-Aliassime in a near-five hour classic that finished close to 1am.

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But in a bizarre decision, the Australian Open remained steadfast and allowed Fourlis and Kubler to take the court against Lucie Hradecka from the Czech Republic and Gonzalo Escobar from Ecuador.

A few fans stuck around to watch the match and were greeted with the announcer declaring: "Good morning".

The spectators that stayed were fortunate enough to see an Aussie win after Fourlis and Kubler saved match point to prevail 2-7, 7-6 (10-6) in a super tie break.

The match finished after 1 hour and 35 minutes, which was past 2am.

While the Aussie pair marched on, the scheduling of the match drew a mixed reaction from viewers.

Some found the rule that players can still take to the court in the early hours of the morning 'ridiculous'.

While others found the treatment for another Aussie pair, Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis, was wildly different to Fourlis and Kubler.

Despite the frustration, the Aussie pair will now take part in the Australian Open mixed doubles final against Kristina Mladenovic and Ivan Dodig.

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Kyrgios and Kokkinakis' doubles semi-final will be played on Rod Laver Arena, Australian Open officials have announced in a huge nod to the duo's popularity.

The Australian pair's prior four matches have attracted packed crowds at the Kia Arena, with the intense atmosphere frustrating several opponents along the way.

In a move reflective of the huge showing of support for the duo, Australian Open boss Craig Tiley announced on Wednesday that the doubles match, as well as the wheelchair final featuring fellow Aussie Dylan Alcott, would be moved to the larger stadium.

Fan will be allowed to access both matches with either a ground pass or a Thursday pass to Rod Laver Arena, both of which will cost the same.

Tiley said in the wake of Alcott being awarded Australian of the Year and having announced his tennis retirement late last year, that it was his goal to have the match be the most attended wheelchair final in the sport's history.

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