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Italian Open: Sofia Kenin Meets Fellow American Danielle Collins’ Fate With Hecklers but Gives It Back With a ‘F**k You’ Message


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Sofia Kenin has turned a leaf away from the Italian crowd. The American tennis player fired back at that Italian crowd after being booed heavily as she faced home favorite Lucia Bronzetti. While it’s just two days into the tournament, the Rome crowd has already started picking up on players, but this time the 25-year-old followed Danielle Collins’ way of dealing with the situation.

Kenin’s turbulent journey started when tournament authorities reprimanded her for her insistence on playing in rainy court conditions during her Italian Open first-round match. The already tense situation was heightened by the crowd’s addition of fuel to the fire during the pandemonium between Kenin and the officials. But just like the way the 30-year-old fearlessly stood for herself, she also did the same for her.

Instead of being calm in the face of difficulty, Kenin responded with defiance, letting the audience know that she would not take their critiques personally by yelling, “F— you!” The American tennis player expressed concerns about her safety in moist conditions after the courts were soaked by the rain. However, instead of stopping play in response to her protests, the tournament authorities resisted.


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However, after dealing with the crowd and making the tournament official understand the situation, her concern about playing on the wet court was taken care of. Nevertheless, her wish was granted, and the play was halted shortly due to rain.

Looking at the way she was going against the officials, that must be a change, as the audience created mayhem by jeering and booing Kenin as she expressed her annoyance. After a difficult time, the Australian Open 2020 Champion’s victory at the Italian Open represented a noteworthy achievement as it put an end to her nine-match losing streak. Despite her difficulties, Kenin persevered on the court and won her first WTA match since January.


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However, she is not the first American to shut down the crowd in her own way. Just a few days ago, it was the 30-year-old American tennis player, Danielle Collins, who dealt with a speculator creating chaos during her Madrid open run.

When Collins echoed Sofia Kenin’s fierce stand against booing

During a critical point in her Madrid Open third-round match, the world No. 13 had an interruption from the spectators. The 30-year-old tennis player decided to confront the interruption head-on after falling behind a set and under increasing pressure.


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Collins abruptly stopped the match as she was ready to serve in the second set and yelled at a fan in the stands to show “more respect.” She stated, “Come out here and do what I do, okay? Have a little more respect.” Her forceful reply demonstrated her resolve to stay focused in the face of outside distractions and her unshakeable dedication to giving her all on the court.

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