Andy Murray’s fiancée Kim Sears caused a storm of controversy after she was caught out on national television, unleashing a torrent of swear words during the Australian Open semis.
But Ms Sears aced her return to the spotlight, flashing a smile as she attended the final in a jumper that humorously declared: ‘parental advisory: explicit content.’
Moments after the Channel Seven camera first showed Ms Sears hilarious response to her critics, Social Media erupted with messages of approval.
Within ten minutes, the young painter was trending worldwide, receiving praise for her self-deprecating sense of humour.
‘This is what I would describe as brilliant…and that is all…Kim Sears, you complete me :-)’ tweeted Erin Molan.
‘Your grand slam champion: Kim Sears. The rest of you can go home,’ tweeted @tjc05.
‘ahh you’re a **bleeping** legend, Kim Sears, love your sense of humour,’ tweeted @kezz18.
Novak Djokovic went on to defeat Andy Murray in an intense four-set battle, 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, 6-0, to claim his fifth Australian Open title.
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Kim Sears was all smiles as she showed off her hilarious slogan jumper at the Australian Open, making fun of her swearing rant during the Australian Open semi final
With a nonchalant flick of her hair, Kim Sears won teems of fans on Social Media due to the sense of humour she showed with her jumper, which announced: ‘Parental Advisory: Explicit Content’
‘Your grand slam champion: Kim Sears. The rest of you can go home,’ was just one tweet which praised Kim Sears for her humour
In response to the backlash over Sear’s foulmouthed rant, her father jokingly joined in with the international condemnation, calling it ‘disgraceful behaviour’.
Nigel Sears, a coach and pundit, was asked about his daughter’s expletive-filled tirade as she watched fiancée Andy Murray overcome Thomas Berdych in a heated Australian Open semi-final on Thursday.
The 57-year-old joked ‘she’s always had a potty mouth – gets it from her mother of course’ before expressing his surprise that Miss Sears’ ‘feisty’ support had created such a furore.
Novak Djokovic lifts up the winner’s trophy after triumphing over Andy Murray during the 2015 Australian Open
Djokovic holds up the winner’s trophy next to runner up Murray after a fiery four-set Australian Open final
Djokovic approached the chair-umpire in the first set, complaining that the crowd were distracting him by calling out
The many faces of Kim: Ms Sears expresses her emotions court-side as she watches her fiance Andy Murray lose the first set
Kim Sears is pensive (left) and then celebrates with a clenched fist (right) as Andy Murray wins a point during his clash against Novak Djokovic
Kim Sears, the fiancee of Britain’s Andy Murray, wears her humorous jumper at the beginning of the Murray’s men’s finals match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic
Kim Sears was all smiles but tight lipped when the camera panned to her as she watched Andy Murray during his Australian Open loss
Speaking to EuroSport, he said: ‘Quite amazing how much has been made of this – but it’s pretty emotional in that box when you’re close to someone… and it was a feisty match.
‘They’ve been together a long time, and it just goes with the territory. Andy’s a huge figure in the game, so naturally her association with him means there’s always going to be a certain spotlight on Kim.
‘I think by and large she deals with it extremely well.I think people are reading a lot into this.’
Miss Sears sent Twitter into meltdown after the usually poised 27-year-old appeared to hurl a string of expletives towards Czech player Tomas Berdych in one of several heated moments during the clash.
Expletives: Kim Sears appeared to unleash a foul-mouthed tirade while watching tennis playing fiancée Andy Murray overcome Thomas Berdych in a heated Australian Open semi-final on Thursday
Joked: Kim’s father Nigel Sears said his daughter must have learnt her bad language from her mother
Miss Sears sent Twitter into meltdown after the usually poised 27-year-old appeared to hurl a string of expletives towards Czech player Tomas Berdych
As tensions boiled over, the devoted supporter was caught on camera appearing to mouth ‘F*****g have that, you Czech flash f***’, or ‘Take that, you flash f**k’.
The clip, which was recorded after the camera zoomed in on Ms Sears, sparked an online frenzy, with hundreds both amused and shocked by the outburst from Murray’s usually-demure other half.
The tennis star quickly jumped to the defence of his fiancée and said the seemingly uncharacteristic episode was down to ‘a lot of tension’ whipped up before the match.
However, the shoe was on the other foot during the final with Ms Sears’ fiance launching into an expletive-filled rant during the third set.
Murray became enraged, screaming swear words and making accusations about his opponent who soon went on to win the set.
‘Don’t worry about him, he does it all the time,’ Murray repeatedly told he chair umpire when Djokovic complained about an injury.
‘Jesus, f***! F***,’ Murray repeatedly yelled, clearly forgetting the backlash his fiancee faced for using the same word.
‘So unhelpful! It’s so unhelpful. So unhelpful,’ Murray proceeded to rant inexplicably.
Andy Murray went on his own expletive-riddled tirade during the match, screaming swear words and ranting during the third set
However, it was a much more family-friendly scene amongst Djokovic’s camp. His wife Jelena tweeted a photo of their three-month-old son Stefan watching his father play on televison from a baby capsule.
However, Ms Djokovic opted to walk the dogs due to a superstition she and her husband share which prevents her from watching the game.
There was already drama during the tense first hour of the final between first seeded Novak Djokovic and sixth seed Andy Murray.
Serbian Djokovic suffered a nasty scrape when his thumb became caught in his tennis racquet and had to be tended to by medics.
Soon after, he appeared to roll his left ankle and proceeded to walk with a noticeable limp.
He also showed aggression in the first set when he approached the chair-umpire, complaining that the crowd were distracting him by calling out before the end of the point.
Stefan Djokovic watches father Novak Jokovic play Andy Murray final Australia Open in an image tweeted by Djokovic’s wife Jelena
His anger was spurred from an error he made when someone in the crowd distracted him by yelling ‘out’.
However, the first seed went on to claim the first set 7-6.
Two protesters also ran onto the court, brandishing a sign which said, ‘Australian Open For Refugees.’
The match halted and the activists were physically removed by security guards.
The match was halted and security ran to shield the two players when people protesting against Manus Island ran onto the court, brandishing a banner in what appeared to be a peaceful demonstration
Four other protesters wearing shirts held the banner, which declared ‘Australia Open for refugees #shutdownManus’ in reference to Australia’s offshore processing centre
Three security guards flank Novak Djokovic to protect him as two intruders made their way onto the court to protest for the rights of Asylum seekers
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TV Personality Carrie Bickmore watches the action at Rod Laver Arena, dressing her baby bump in an all black ensemble
The dramatic outburst came as Murray won a tense baseline rally in the first set to claim a break back against world number 7.
Luckily, there were no microphones nearby to pick up her exact choice of colourful words – but it was evident Ms Sears was deeply invested in the match.
The highly-charged fixture was the first time Murray and Berdych had come head-to-head since the latter hired Murray’s former trainer Dani Vallverdu.
Mr Vallverdu helped Murray win his two grand slam titles and an Olympic gold before they stopped working together in November.
The dynamic dominated the pre-match build-up, despite both players trying to quietly play down tensions between the two camps.
But there was no doubt that it added a fiery edge to the match, with Murray admitting afterwards that there had been acrimonious mood around Melbourne Park.
Murray eventually beat the Czech in four sets, earning himself a spot in the coveted final this weekend.
Speaking on court, he said: ‘A lot was made of Dani working with him. We’ve been friends since we were 15 and I felt like that was a bit unfair and unnecessary.
(L-R) Judy Murray, Kim Sears are her father Nigel watch Andy Murray play at Queen’s Club back in in 2006
Influential figure: Nigel Sears is not just the father of the future Mrs Andy Murray, but also a hugely well-respected coach in the women’s game
‘This is sport, there is more to life and I thought it was unfair and created a bit of extra tension.
‘It was there definitely at the beginning but I think everyone calmed down after the start of the match.’
But the Scot also used his victory to heap praise on his coach, Amelie Mauresmo.
He said: ‘A lot of people criticised me for working with her and I think so far this week we have showed women can be very good coaches as well.
‘Madison Keys, who reached the semi-finals here, is also coached by a woman in Lindsay Davenport and I see no reason why that can’t keep moving forward so I am very thankful to Amelie for doing it.
‘I would say it was a brave choice from her and hopefully I can repay her in a few days.’
Meanwhile, on the sidelines, Ms Sears was facing a tennis WAG-off against Berdych’s tanned model partner Ester Satorova for the second day running.
Much has been made of the rivalry between the two women, both of whom have recently got engaged to their tennis pros.
The dramatic outburst came as Murray won a tense baseline rally in the first set to claim a break back against world number 7
Murray eventually beat the Czech Thomas Berdych, pictured, in four sets, earning himself a spot in the coveted final this weekend
Murray and Berdych both proposed to their respective girlfriends recently before presenting them with expensive diamond rings.
The British No 1 proposed to Sears, his girlfriend of nine years last year with a 3.5 carat platinum diamond ring, which he is said to have selected himself.
Murray’s engagement ring to Sears has been valued at around £250,000 while Berdych’s love token is estimated to be worth around £225,000
U.S television coverage further built up the so-called ‘battle of the bling’, with ESPN displaying another split screen of Sears and Satorova, with added captions at the bottom showing the estimated worth of their rings.
A 50-50 split screen was shown of Sears and Berdych’s fiancee Ester Satorova, after which Ms Sears appeared to mouth: ‘Oh for f**k sake.’
Due to marry: The pair, both 27, had been together for nine years when Murray proposed in November last year
Back on court, after coming out on top in a long exchange in the first set, Murray turned in the direction of Vallverdu, who sitting in his opponent’s box, and let out a wild roar in celebration.
Berdych was clearly incensed, giving the Scot a long stare as both players walked back to their courtside chair.
Then, as Murray sat down, he pumped his fist towards his own box, to which Sears responded with a fist pump of her own.
Moments later, Berdych complained to umpire Pascal Maria about the quality of the tennis balls, to which Murray responded: ‘He always does this.’
As Murray let out some expletives in annoyance at his own play, the big screens in Rod Laver Arena further added to the drama.
U.S television coverage further built up the so-called ‘battle of the bling’, with ESPN displaying a split screen of Sears and Satorova, with added captions at the bottom showing the estimated worth of their rings
KIM’S £250K BLING RING V CZECH MODEL ESTER’S £225K CLASSIC DIAMOND
Kim’s £250K ring
Kim Sears’s ring (seen yesterday during Murray’s match) is said to be platinum featuring a brilliant-cut diamond of around 3.5 carats, surrounded by smaller stones.
Diamonds in the shoulders of the ring take the weight up to around 4.7 carats.
Its estimated value for insurance purposes is £250,000.
Ester’s £225K ring
Ester Satorova’s design (pictured yesterday) is thought to be handmade from platinum.
It has a square-cut centre diamond of around four carats, set with a pair of baguette stones, taking the total to around 5.3 carats.
Its estimated value for insurance purposes is £225,000.
It then came to a head between Murray and Berdych after the latter claimed a 76-minute first set.
But Murray quickly hit back on the court, putting on a convincing display as he clinched the remaining sets 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.
Afterwards,the handshake between the pair at the net was surprisingly civil.
But Berdych later said: ‘I’m really not happy and not really in a good mood. I’m very disappointed to lose this match. I had one bad set for the second set, and that’s it.’
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