Stefanos Tsitsipas expressed displeasure after nearly hitting the ball boy (WATCH)

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Stefanos Tsitsipas acknowledged that what he did was wrong, even though he felt he didn’t come close to striking a ball kid during his Australian Open quarterfinal match. Tsitsipas hit the ball out of frustration in the seventh game of the third set against Jiri Lehecka.

A ball kid was approaching the area where Tsitsipas smacked the ball at that precise moment. Fortunately, the ball only landed in the back of the court for Tsitsipas and the ball boy.

Tsitsipas would have very probably been defaulted if he had hit the ball kid. “When the ball came back, I noticed the ball kid.

I play tennis professionally. Obviously, I wasn’t shooting for the ball kid. I simply turned around to face the wall after spotting it. In my opinion, the ball kid was quite far away. To hit that ball, youngster, you would have had to really miss.

Definitely not pleased with what I did. I ought not to have done it. But it was a component of the time. My ball was very small, “According to, Tsitsipas commented following the contest.

Jim Courier expressed the opinion that Tsitsipas “was incredibly lucky.”

He swings in rage and almost knocks the ball kid over. And if it happens, he is the loser in this fight. You can’t carry out that. You must use caution. That posed a risk “During his game commentary, Courier said on the air.

Tsitsipas ultimately prevailed over Lehecka 6-3 7-6 (2) 6-4 to advance to the Australian Open quarterfinal. Tsitsipas will face Karen Khachanov in the semifinal after the latter advanced as a result of Sebastian Korda’s mid-match retirement.

Having defeated Khachanov five times in a row, Tsitsipas is the favorite to do it once more. Tsitsipas has a losing record of 0-3 in semifinals at the Australian Open. If Tsitsipas can ultimately achieve a significant Australian Open breakthrough remains to be seen.