TENNIS fans were delighted to see more of umpire Marijana Veljovic as she rowed with Nick Kyrgios on Wednesday.
Tennis fans were enthralled to watch umpire Marijana Veljovic go up against Nick KyrgiosCredit: Reuters
The monitor, which picks up which serves clip the top of the net, was the source of anger for Kyrgios throughout Wednesday’s enthralling tie against Ugo Humbert.
And while that certainly spiced up the Australian Open clash, so did the appearance of Veljovic, if social media is anything to go by.
Dimitri Peppas posted on Twitter: “More footage showing the umpire please instead of Humbert vs Kyrgios.”
Another tennis fans was wondering why the 34-year-old Serbian – once described as ‘super pretty’ by Eugenie Bouchard – hadn’t ‘accepted me on Insta’.
And she was described as ‘standout’ and ‘unflappable’ by another on social media.
‘World class’, ‘a star’ and ‘stunning’ were just some of the other adjectives used to describe the high-profile umpire.
Veljovic refused Kyrgios’ calls to switch off the technology as the second-round match went to five sets.
After one let call, Kyrgios appealed to the Serbian official, telling her: “Reset the machine because the ball is this high off the net.”
Kyrgios was fuming and asked Veljovic to switch off the net technologyCredit: AP:Associated Press
Veljovic is keen to get more women into the power roles in tennisCredit: Getty Images – Getty
French No29 seed Humbert claimed the first set 7-5 and hit back with the third set after Kyrgios looked to be back in the match.
Coming back from a match point, a tense tie-break saw the home favourite snatch the fourth set in front of a boisterous Melbourne crowd.
The fans certainly had his back as further let calls were met with groans.
Kyrgios was handed a penalty point for smashing his racket and even managed to send the monitor flying with one powerful serve.
Veljovic is already amassing her own legion of fans from the umpire chairCredit: Rex Features
Alongside a love heart eye emoji, the 25-year-old tweeted: “The umpire in this Roger/Tennys match is super pretty.”