The cheer, in which fans shout “siuuu” in an elongated deep tone, causing it to sound like a boo, was omnipresent during the opening two days of play at Melbourne Park, leaving some players uncertain about their popularity with the often boisterous Open crowds.
The cry has been made famous by the Portuguese Manchester United forward, who started using it along with his trademark goal celebration when at Real Madrid. It comes from the Spanish “si” for “yes”, although the five-times Ballon d’Or winner says he doesn’t know why he started to do it, but it just came to him naturally.
“I started to say ‘si’, it’s like ‘yes’, when I was in Real Madrid,” said Ronaldo. “When we would win, everyone would say ‘siiiii’ and so I started to say it. I don’t know why, it was natural.”
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