Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey speaks at Pat Rafter Arena.

Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey speaks at Pat Rafter Arena.

Does politics have a role in sport?

Not according to the crowd tourism minister Jann Stuckey addressed after Lleyton Hewitt’s bulldog win over Roger Federer in Sunday’s Brisbane International final.

Ms Stuckey was thanking participants “on behalf of the Newman government” when the Pat Rafter Arena crowd began booing loudly.

“On behalf of the Newman government, I would like to thank everyone involved, from the umpires, to the players, to, to, our court attendees as well,” Ms Stuckey said, seemingly momentarily thrown by the crowd reaction.

But she recovered and went on to discuss the record crowd attendance, which was met with cheers.

 “... You have all contributed to what has been declared as the biggest tournament yet, with 105,730 people for this tournament.  Well done all.”

The success of the event is not in question, with Roger Federer, Victoria Azarenka and Serena William’s attendance helping to attract an extra 12,926 people through the gates than 2012.

On Twitter, it was Ms Stuckey’s reference to the Newman government, rather than the state or Queensland government, which drew most of the ire.

A similar statement she gave on Saturday, after the women’s final, did not elicit the same response.

Ms Stuckey’s office has been approached for comment.