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Old Jan 19th, 2013, 10:56 AM   #1
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Australian Crowds

Not sure if this is the correct place for this thread, however, wanted to draw everyone's attention to several comments raised in the general messages section. Our crowds have been accused by some posters of being racist and unruly! Many of these comments have arisen as a result of the support for Robson over Sloane Stephens!
I am sure that almost all the players would commend our crowds for sportsmanlike behaviour and for our tennis knowledge.
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Old Jan 19th, 2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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In the Robson Stephens match it was mainly Brits and Americans

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Re: Australian Crowds

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Not sure if this is the correct place for this thread, however, wanted to draw everyone's attention to several comments raised in the general messages section. Our crowds have been accused by some posters of being racist and unruly! Many of these comments have arisen as a result of the support for Robson over Sloane Stephens!
I am sure that almost all the players would commend our crowds for sportsmanlike behaviour and for our tennis knowledge.
For some reason a lot of Australians want to class Laura as an Aussie because she was born here and lived here for 18 months. You don't see the Germans claim Tomic as theirs. That's why they were supporting Laura.

There might have been the odd racist idiot in the crowd - they're everywhere, not just Australia. Saw it in Brisbane with 1 person talking with their friends saying horrible things about Stephens (which I won't repeat here) in her match with Cibulkova.
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Old Jan 19th, 2013, 10:10 PM   #4
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Re: Australian Crowds

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Not sure if this is the correct place for this thread, however, wanted to draw everyone's attention to several comments raised in the general messages section. Our crowds have been accused by some posters of being racist and unruly! Many of these comments have arisen as a result of the support for Robson over Sloane Stephens!
I am sure that almost all the players would commend our crowds for sportsmanlike behaviour and for our tennis knowledge.
The Open is so commercialised now that it doesn't neccessarily attract tennis fans and people that appreciate that it is a global sport. I detest the country vs country mentality that the Open has to put up with every year. Admittedly it hasn't been as bad as previous years when police had to use capsicum spray on Margaret Court Arena one year.

As for GM, the bile that comes out of that forum far excedes what happened in Robson vs Stephens Im sure.
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Old Jan 20th, 2013, 02:14 PM   #5
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Not sure if this is the correct place for this thread, however, wanted to draw everyone's attention to several comments raised in the general messages section. Our crowds have been accused by some posters of being racist and unruly! Many of these comments have arisen as a result of the support for Robson over Sloane Stephens!
I am sure that almost all the players would commend our crowds for sportsmanlike behaviour and for our tennis knowledge.
Most of us are, yes. But there are the occasional groups of dickheads.

Sadly, they're the ones that get the airtime.
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Old Jan 20th, 2013, 02:21 PM   #6
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The Open is so commercialised now that it doesn't neccessarily attract tennis fans and people that appreciate that it is a global sport. I detest the country vs country mentality that the Open has to put up with every year. Admittedly it hasn't been as bad as previous years when police had to use capsicum spray on Margaret Court Arena one year.
As for GM, the bile that comes out of that forum far excedes what happened in Robson vs Stephens Im sure.
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Re: Australian Crowds

Just for the record both Sloane and Laura said in their press that their families are friends as they trained together in Floridia as juniors. The girls had no input to who the crowd supported. On the replay I did hear "USA USA" as well as "I love you Laura". It sounded pretty good fun to me!
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Re: Australian Crowds

Aussies being ignorant and kinda racist?? Never...
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Re: Australian Crowds

I attended the match. There were a lot of English supporters in the crowd. You'd be surprised at the amount of foreign visitors at the AO given it's distance from everywhere else as well as the dollar.
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Re: Australian Crowds

I was at Robson vs Oudin and it was 90% for Laura as well. There were a few pockets of English supporters.
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Re: Australian Crowds

When the Aussies are done and out the draw, its time for "Aussie Kim" and "Aussie Anna" etc to be claimed... chuckle. Lots of us come from mixed ancestry (mullato, metis, melange, creole, etc) coming to Oz with nothing, speaking with accents, starting at the bottom where all good migrants go. People call you names but you just have to grow a thick skin and learn the Aussie one finger salute and lingo which goes something like bite me !
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Re: Australian Crowds

The Australian Open has often struggled with its identity with Wimbledon the traditionalist slam (they'd bring back white tennis balls if they let them! we wont know where the ball is on tv, but hey, it was tradition right? ) Roland Garros, the Grand Slam with all the beautiful people courtside- theres not an unphotogenic person in sight at Roland Garros! the US Open has an identity of being associated with the US sporting culture, the heckling, the lack of sportsmanship sometimes

But The Australian Open is preaching itself to be "the relax, chill out, and 'have a barbecue' slam"
Which suits me fine
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