'Not a great look': Fans stunned by 'embarrassing' delay in Australian Open semi-final

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Fans watching the pulsating semi-final match between Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev were left stunned after a 10-minute delay held up proceedings.

Thiem and Zverev were in a back-and-forth battle in the third set when play came to a sudden halt.

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Both commentators and fans were speculating why the match had stopped when there was no apparent reason to halt play in a close set.

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev and chair umpire John Blom wait during a delay in play due to the arena lighting during the Men's Singles Semifinal match on day twelve of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 31, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

But 7th seed Zverev pointed out to the officials a few lights had gone out in Rod Laver Arena.

While it wasn’t noticeable for fans and commentators, the players seemed intent on waiting for the repairs.

Former Aussie tennis star Sam Groth was down on the court and explained to viewers he couldn’t work out why play had stopped.

“I am sitting here with Darren Cahill and we can't pick which lights are out,” Grot said.

“I don't think it has made a difference. For the players out there maybe they notice it but we
can't notice.”

Fans on social media were stunned at the lengthy delay.

During the break, spectators made the most of the delay singing along to ‘Sweet Caroline’ from Neil Diamond that played around Rod Laver Arena.

Thiem was able to hold on and take out the second set 6-4, before winning in four.