A tennis fan apologized after being caught imitating a bee during Stefano Tsitsipas’ game at the Cincinnati Masters.
The 25-year-old Greek was preparing to be served when he heard a buzzing noise around him.
He attempted to bat away what he thought was a bee before returning to his serving routine.
But then he stopped again and realized that there was someone behind him in the crowd.
He went to the middle of the field and said to the referee: “Behind me is a person imitating a bee. Just before I hit the ground there is a humming sound.”
“Do you think that’s okay?”
The referee insisted he would take care of the problem – but as Tsitsipas made his way back to the baseline, he decided to take care of it himself by walking straight towards the area of the crowd where the buzzing had been heard was.
He asked who was making the noise – a tennis fan pointed directly at a woman in the front row.
The world No. 4, who won the first set, then went back to the referee – who asked if he knew who that was.
To which a laughing Tsitsipas replied: “This has never happened in my career. I know they support that.” [other player].”
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American opponent Ben Shelton then said: “What happened? Are they talking to you?”
Tsitsipas explained, “No, they mimic a bee, they hum ‘bzzz’.”
He turned back to the referee and said, “It’s that lady over there. i want her out She has to go.”
The officer finally informed Tsitsipas that he would urge the lady to stop.
The 2021 French Open runner-up then went back to the woman who apologized to him.
Tsitsipas defeated crowd favorite Shelton 7: 6 (3), 7: 6 (2) and reached the round of 16 of the Cincinnati Masters, where he meets Hubert Hurkacz on Thursday.