|Posted on January 23, 2012 at 1:55 PM|
Tomas Berdych enjoys a hit at Port Melbourne beach
Monday, January 23, 2012
What do you do after being booed by the Hisense Arena crowd?
For Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych the answer was make the best of the Melbourne sun and head to the beach.
The seventh seed was booed by Australian Open fans after refusing shake the hand of Spanish player Nicolas Almagro after an acrimonious match yesterday, in which Berdych accused the Spaniard of hitting a ball at his head.
But today, Berdych was all smiles while relaxing at Port Melbourne beach.
He is set to face off against Rafael Nadal in the quarter.
Tomas Berdych goes shirtless at the beach
Tomas Berdych spent Monday cooling off at Port Melbourne beach after feeling the heat over his on-court actions.
Seventh seed Berdych refused to shake hands with opponent Nicolas Almagro on Sunday after being hit by a ball which he felt was directed at him.
The Czech stands by his call despite Almagro's insistence that he didn't intend to cause injury.
"This is not the way how tennis is," he said.
"I was just lucky to somehow fall down (so it) just hit me in the arm. You always have some space to put the ball in."
After getting fiery, Berdych chilled out yesterday, playing some beach tennis with coach Tomas Krupa. He took a dip in the water and enjoyed some time in the sun as Melbourne's mercury soared.
Berdych plays Rafael Nadal in a quarter final.
His best result at the Australian Open is a quarter-final, which he made last year.
Tomas Berdych enjoys some beach time off court on day eight of the 2012 Australian Open at St Kilda beach on January 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.
Tomas Berdych plays paddle ball off court on day eight of the 2012 Australian Open at St Kilda beach on January 23, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia
Top 10 player with a Top 10 body... Tomas Berdych chats with Eurosport's Barbara Schett at Port Melbourne. Can Berdych beat Rafael Nadal Tuesday?
From Australian Open - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
He might face one of the toughest tests in tennis tonight (a quarter final against Rafael Nadal), but Tomas Berdych still found time to hit the beach yesterday.