Australian Open funny moments: The light-hearted side of the Happy Slam

  • A look at some of the funniest moments from the Australian Open
  • The Australian Open is live from Melbourne from 14-27 January
Rafael Nadal. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Australian Open isn’t called the ‘Happy Slam’ for nothing as it always throws up many hilarious moments. From Rafael Nadal calling out a sleepy journalist to Alexander Zverev ‘bragging’ about his perfect body, we delve away from the serious business of forehands and backhands and check out some of the more light-hearted stuff happening down under.

Serena jumps the gun!

The usual practice is that the lower ranked player gets introduced before the higher ranked player, which was probably what world No. 16, Serena Williams was thinking when she walked onto the court while the announcer introduced the world No. 1, Simona Halep. This forced Serena into a hilarious retreat, while Halep strode out with a wry grin.

The announcer was apparently unaware of the chaos that was going on beside him!

Your ID, Roger?

You would think six-time Australian Open champion, Roger Federer should have restricted access to every corner of Melbourne Park, but a brave security man had the temerity to stop Federer on his way to the locker room, insisting, politely I must add, that the great Swiss provided his accreditation before being allowed passage! Federer didn't make a fuss out of it, but instead waited patiently for his accreditation to arrive before continuing his journey. good man!

Xisca finally gets through to the main draw!

Two years after Rafael Nadal told the world that his long-time girlfriend, Xisca was only visiting the Australian Open on a wildcard (her first visit), Nadal has revealed that Xisca has finally won her place in the main draw! Is Rafa trying to send a secret message here? Hmmmn...



Never too old for a fight

Jostling for the souvenirs players throw into the crowd is a time-honoured tradition, but normally it's kids who are scrapping over towels and wristbands.

Wednesday at the Australian Open saw two women who were - well, let's just say old enough to know better - locked in battle over 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka's headband, which the Belarusian had thrown into the crowd after beating Great Britain's Katie Boulter in straight sets. 

You know it's serious when security has to get involved ...

Nadal calls out sleepy reporter

Rafael Nadal isn't exactly renowned for his humour, but the former world No. 1 scored top marks with his epic banter with a reporter, who had apparently slept off during the Spaniard's press conference.

The great Spaniard injected life into a regulation press conference when he suddenly looked away to his right, making funny faces, to the general bemusement of those in the room. It soon became clear what the Spaniard had spotted, prompting prolonged laughter.

Katie Boulter forgets the rules

Katie Boulter made history by becoming the first player to win a match via the Australian Open's 10-point final set tie break system, but not before some confusion over the new system. 

In the heat of the battle, Boulter completely forgot the rule change, and thought she had won the match when she hit a forehand down the line to open up a 7-4 lead, but as she celebrated the 'win' and approached the net for the handshake, it soon dawned on the Brit that the match wasn't over yet!

To her credit, she recovered from the frustration, regained her composure and closed out the super tie break 10-6!

“I was in the moment and I kind of forgot that it was first-to-ten," she said later.

"She [the umpire] actually said it at the end of six-all, I just didn’t hear it because I was so focused on myself and in the zone that I didn’t process it”.

With the four Grand Slams operating different set of rules on how matches would be concluded, Boulter will not be the only one to mix things up in the coming months!

Twirling coin toss

Fair play to this kid, who turned a random coin toss into an occasion! Watch and enjoy!

Coric’s long wait

Borna Coric had to wait patiently for his first win at the Australian Open, but he finally got it on Tuesday, beating Steve Darcis in straight sets. Coric then took to Twitter to congratulate himself, pointing out how long it had taken him to get the win. 

Initially, it looked like a random innocuous number, but it isn’t. Coric made his Australian Open main draw debut on January 19, 2015 (lost to Jeremy Chardy), exactly 1457 days before he finally claimed his first win!


Zverev’s perfect body

Jim Courier is famous for his hilarious post match interviews, and he added another one to the list with this lovely exchange with Alexander Zverev after the German’s first round victory over Aljaz Bedene. 

Whatever happened to the keys to the Airbnb?

Taylor Fritz and Mackenzie McDonald try to sort that out in this humorous conversation!

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