What’s Making Everyone So Angry At This Australian Open?

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What’s Making Everyone So Angry At This Australian Open?

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

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f any single image symbolises this year’s Australian Open, it’s the twisted, mangled racquet of 21-year-old German Alexander Zverev, who went down in straight sets to Canadian Milos Raonic. After his crushing loss, Zverev slammed his racquet against the ground until it broke, venting his frustration – with Raonic, with himself, with the years of hard training that couldn’t cut it on the day.

But Zverev’s outburst was nothing compared to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, who was so incensed after conceding a super tie-break five hours in the making to Japan’s Kei Nishikori, that he started screaming at the chair umpire. After throwing his sports bag around the court, he stormed off.

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