'Peanut gallery': Aussie tennis player rages at rowdy fans

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·2-min read
Jordan Thompson (pictured) gestures in frustration during a match.
Jordan Thompson (pictured) was angry at some fans at Rod Laver Arena for making too much noise. (Getty Images)

Aussie Jordan Thompson has ripped into a section of the crowd from the ATP Cup after they were making noise during a point in his match at the Melbourne Summer Series.

Thompson joined Alexei Popyrin, Alex Bolt, James Duckworth and Nick Kyrgios in the third Round after winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 over another Frenchman in Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

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But Thompson clearly became perturbed during the match after he ripped into some rowdy fans after a point.

In the third set and a crucial point in the match Herbert served while the Greek fans, in Rod Laver Arena supporting the ATP Cup, were barracking for their nation.

But the noise clearly put Thomson off who hit the return into the net, before yelling: “Tell that peanut gallery to be quiet.”

Shortly before the next point, Thomson was still frustrated and approached the umpire.

But as play resumed, the fans during the match between Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas and Australia’s Alex de Minaur continued to make noise.

Fortunately, Thompson held his nerve and progressed to the next round.

Kyrgios fumes at chair umpire

Thompson wasn’t the only Aussie to fume during his match.

Kyrgios staged a bizarre mid-match protest during his win over fellow Aussie Harry Bourchier in an Australian Open warm-up event in Melbourne on Wednesday night.

Kyrgios was incensed after being hit with a time violation for taking too long between serves late in the second set at the Murray River Open.

The polarising Aussie star put down his racquet and walked off to his courtside chair, telling the umpire he wasn’t playing until the issue was sorted out.

Kyrgios argued that he had already started his service motion when the serving clock struck zero, labelling the chair umpire a “smart arse” after calling for the tournament supervisor.

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