It was a bit unusual, we usually play doubles in front of empty stands

Tim Puetz: It was a bit unusual, we usually play doubles in front of empty stands

Doubles world No. 18 Tim Puetz absolutely enjoyed the experience of playing in front of a packed crowd at the Australian Open. On Tuesday, Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios beat No. 6 seeds Puetz and Michael Venus 7-5 3-6 6-3 to reach the doubles semifinal.

Puetz and Venus usually play in front of empty stands so getting a chance to play in front of a packed crowd was a thrill for them. “Pretty special, we don’t usually have that kind of atmosphere,” Puetz told Eurosport after the match.

“We try to enjoy it as much as we can, just kind of take the positives out of it – that we don’t have that – usually for the most part we play in front of nearly no people with no atmosphere. »

Puetz not used to that kind of atmosphere

“We’re not used to it, it’s a bit unusual for us, it’s been very draining just because of that. It’s somewhere between pretty entertaining and then also once you’re there with emotions and everything, it gets on your nose pretty quickly when they’re so rowdy, » Puetz added.

“But that’s the way it is, that’s the way the fans are here; I kind of appreciate that. I don’t know, if I was a 23-year-old who had two beers, I probably would have been one of them screaming there, so that’s just the way it is”.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios said he is playing for the people of Australia as he wants to entertain them and bring joy to their faces. “This Aus Open, honestly, I think for us it’s more about the people, playing for them is more important than our doubles success,” said Kyrgios.

“We haven’t drawn up any goals of what we want to achieve this year in doubles. I just want to play and give the people of Australia and the Australian Open a show and genuinely try and grow the sport of tennis. That’s why I’m playing. I know Thanasi is just enjoying it. This is the most fun we’ve ever had on the court”.

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