Belgium, Belarus, it’s all the same right?
Some eagle-eyed fans spotted quite the faux pas during the engraving of the Victoria Azarenka’s name onto the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, the trophy presented to the Australian Open women’s champion. With her win over Li Na in Saturday’s final, Azarenka successfully defended her 2012 title, which means all the engraver had to do was copy the name and country affiliation already on the trophy and add a little “2013″ before it. Instead, he went rogue and mistakenly engraved her country affiliation as “BEL” which is Belgium, not “BLR” for Belarus. Oops!
Perhaps the engraver is still hung up on Australia’s favorite adopted daughter, Kim Clijsters. Nicknamed Aussie Kim and adopted as a fan favorite due to her ties to the country after being engaged to Lleyton Hewitt (and because she’s just really nice and everyone adores her) the Belgian won the Australian Open in 2011 — beating Li, incidentally — for her last Slam title of her career. A blonde champion? Li Na on the losing end of another three-setter? A small country that starts with the letter “B”? Anyone could make that mistake. Just kidding. There’s no excusing this one.
This isn’t tennis’ first trophy mishap.
UPDATE: The official trophy appears to be in correct form, via this Getty Images photo from Sunday.