Stunning reaction from 15,000-strong crowd when Anthony Albanese’s name is mentioned after Jannik Sinner’s historic victory over Daniil Medvedev – leaving host Todd Woodbridge speechless
Anthony Albanese was mercilessly booed by a hostile crowd after the men’s final of the Australian Open.
Jannik Sinner (22) made history in the nail-biting five-set thriller against Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev (27) of Russia – who fought back from two sets down to become the first Italian to win the Grand Slam. The final score ended 3-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
In the post-match presentation, Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge congratulated the players on their incredible performances, which sparked a roar from the crowd at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.
But when Woodbridge welcomed the Prime Minister on behalf of Tennis Australia, 15,000 angry spectators erupted, with deafening boos and cheers ringing out during the TV broadcast.
A stunned Woodbridge awkwardly said ‘thank you’ in an attempt to quiet the crowd before continuing with the presentation.
An animated Mr Albanese watched the match courtside as a guest of honor of organizers Tennis Australia with his girlfriend Jodie Haydon, after a tough week in Canberra.
Australian tennis great Todd Woodbridge delivers the post-match presentation at the 2024 Australian Open
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, right, and his partner Jodie Haydon watch Daniil Medvedev of Russia play Jannik Sinner of Italy in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open
The couple were guests of honor from Tennis Australia
An animated mr. Albanian and Ms. Haydon watches the gripping game from the side of the court
The power couple waved to the crowd before things turned sour
Mr Albanese promised at least 36 times before he was elected that he would make no changes to the legislative cuts introduced by the Morrison government.
But on Wednesday afternoon Labor MPs gave their unanimous support to a decision to halve the benefit to Australians earning more than $180,000 in favor of a boost for lower earners.
While the state of Victoria voted overwhelmingly Labor in the recent state and federal elections and is seen as a stronghold of the Party, the Prime Minister’s stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict has alienated some supporters who claim he is anti-Jewish state must condemn the bombing of Gaza.
His soaring popularity when he first came to power in May 2022 also took a big nosedive when the Vote to Parliament referendum was resoundingly voted down in October last year.
“What an epic end to the 2024 Australian Open and having Anthony Albanese booed was just the icing on the cake,” one person wrote on social media.
Another said: ‘He’s very unpopular now and has no one to blame but himself.’
Italy’s Jannik Sinner (L) and runner-up Russia’s Daniil Medvedev pose for photos after their men’s singles final at the 2024 Australian Open
Italy’s Jannik Sinner (left) made a comeback for the ages by beating Daniil Medvedev (right) from two sets down
“Great to see the whole crowd booing Israel supporting the Australian ‘Labour’ prime minister,” added a third.
The Prime Minister reacted with class in the aftermath of the embarrassing moment, posting his own message on social media after the competition.
“Congratulations to Aryna Sabalenka and Jannik Sinner on your incredible victories in the Australian Open,” Mr Albanese wrote.
“Well done to the Australian Open team on a fantastic tournament which brought record crowds to Melbourne.”