Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has let rip at the crowd members for booing the chair of Tennis Australia (TA) when she mentioned the vaccine rollout after Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open final victory.
Fans were left stunned following Djokovic’s masterclass against Daniil Medvedev when TA chair Jayne Hrdlicka was loudly booed after mentioning the rollout of vaccines in her post-match speech.
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Hrdlicka was addressing the crowd about the hardships and struggles that Australians have faced during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been a time of deep loss and extraordinary sacrifice for everyone,” she said.
“With vaccinations on the way, rolling out in many countries around the world it’s now a time for optimism and hope for the future.”
But the sentiment was lost for some as they unleashed a chorus of boos.
Now, Deputy Prime Minister McCormack has unleashed on the crowd members who booed Hrdlicka as “un-Australian”.
“I think it was rather disgusting behaviour,” he told reporters on Monday.
“I don’t like booing at any event, and certainly any sporting event.”
The booing didn’t stop with the vaccine mention.
Jeers also echoed around the stadium when Hrdlicka thanked the Victorian Government for helping put on the event.
She had to pause repeatedly to let the crowd settle down.
“Well that’s not Australian. I’m sorry, that is just un-Australian,” Mr McCormack said.
“This vaccine is going to get our country back to some sort of pre-COVID normality.”
The deputy prime minister’s view of booing at sporting events is different to that of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Morrison described booing the prime minister at sporting events as a “great tradition” after tennis crowds jeered him in 2019.
The prime minister joked the crowd was probably protesting a line call when an image of him on the big screen at Rod Laver Arena drew verbal volleys.
Social media shocked at Aus Open booing drama
Many on social media slammed the “disgraceful” moment, which was broadcasted to the world.
And so ends the 2021 Australian Open, with the crowd booing vaccines as Djokovic raises the trophy.
It was a weird-ass five weeks in Australia, tennis.#AusOpen
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) February 21, 2021
I actually can’t believe what I’ve just witnessed. Australian Open final crowd booing the Covid vaccine. #AusOpen
— James Gray (@jamesgraysport) February 21, 2021
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