Aussie Jordan Thompson momentarily lost his cool during his win over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
Aussie Jordan Thompson momentarily lost his cool during his win over Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert after some noisy Greek fans proved too much for play to continue.
Thompson advanced through to the third round of the Great Ocean Road Open with a thrilling three-set win over Herbert, 6-4 3-6 6-3.
It took five match points for the Australian world No.52, three on his own serve, as Herbert threatened to get his foot back in the door before ultimately hanging on.
But Thompson’s win wasn’t without interruption when let his frustrations get the better of him at the sound coming from outside the stadium.
The noise came from a contingent of Greek fans who were chanting while they waited to enter Rod Laver Arena for Greece’s ATP Cup clash against Australia which was scheduled for the night session.
The incident during the second set prompted Thompson to inform chair umpire, Gregory Allensworth, to get on the phone and do something about it.
“Let’s tell the peanut gallery to be quiet,” Thompson yelled after losing one of his break points in Herbert’s service game.
Allensworth then hopped on the mic to inform the fans outside the stadium to silence themselves.
“Thank you ladies and gentlemen in the corridor between Margaret Court and Court 3, we can hear you out here on 3, thank you,” he said.
The noise eventually went away and Thompson was able to regather himself.