Australia’s government labelled the crowd at the Australian Open final “disgusting” after fans booed at the mention of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout.
Tennis Australia’s president Jayne Hrdlicka faced a hostile crowd, forcing her to stop her speech after she talked about “hope and optimism” from the vaccine rollout.
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Deputy prime minister Michael McCormack called the crowd’s behaviour “disgusting” and “un-Australian”.
“I don’t like booing at any event, and certainly any sporting event,” he told reporters.
“This vaccine is going to get our country back to some sort of pre-Covid normality,” he added.
The controversy came after Novak Djokovic continued his dominance of the Australian Open by overwhelming Daniil Medvedev to win a record-extending ninth men's title in Melbourne.