Fans turned on controversial American Tennys Sandgren after his dismantling and early exit to Aussie gun Alex de Minaur at the Australian Open.
Sandgren caused a stir even before he landed in Melbourne for quarantine after he tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks before his flight from Los Angeles, but said he was allowed to board after intervention from Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.
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The American was among 72 players put in hard lockdown after passengers on their flights to Australia tested positive.
But he was also vocal during his time in quarantine after hitting out against Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley and Australian Open organisers after claiming he was held in isolation for a ‘15th day’.
However, the former Australian Open quarter-finalist’s run at the first Grand Slam of the year didn’t have quite the backbone as his criticism after de Minaur disposed of him 7-5, 6-1, 6-1.
But the match wasn’t without its drama.
Sandgren caused a stir when he hit a forehand right at de Minaur at the net, which he laughed and apologised for.
But in an ironic moment, de Minaur got the last laugh after winning match point by hitting a forehand into Sandgren at the net.
Fans farewell Sandgren after Aus Open loss
Fans were quick to wave goodbye to Sandgren who has made his presence felt in Australia even from quarantine.
Sandgren took to social media after the loss and suggested his body wasn’t where it needed to be to compete in the Australian Open after commenting on Vasek Pospisil’s post.
He also claimed he “never criticised quarantine, only why we had a 15th day” on Twitter.
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