You can be forgiven for assuming you’d arrived at a hit-up session between a few stars simply days out from the match.
Rod Laver Enviornment on Saturday was nothing like the center Saturday of some other Australian Open. A conflict between two Czech girls’s seeds unfolded in close to silence. Small participant entourages within the stands, the chair umpire, the traditional allotment of ball-kids and the TV broadcast crew have been, largely, the one people in sight.
Across the Melbourne Park precinct, it was eerie, undeniably surreal. Sometimes this can be a function day of the two-week match when the joint is heaving with spectators – weekday employees making a time out of it with a smorgasbord of matches to eat, or just a quiet drink within the backyard surrounds.
The center Saturday has been dubbed Tremendous Saturday numerous occasions however, in 2021, Silent Saturday, too simply matches the invoice. Some Victorians would go for Unhappy Saturday however, from this vantage level, a temper of mild disappointment and acceptance appeared a greater match.