This takes “you cannot be serious” to a whole new level.
Viktor Troicki took issue with the decision of a chair umpire to overrule aÂ call in his Italian Open match against Ernests Gulbis on Wednesday and released his inner McEnroe for all to see.
This meltdown lasted four minutes, involved a cameraman and included the phrase “You always think you are right, but you are not.”
The fun began when Troicki, down 6-1 and facing break point in Game 1 of the second set, hit a backhand that Cedric Mourier, the chair umpire, overruled and called long — a determination that he confirmed by climbing down and looking at the line. Troicki saw it differently.
â€śNo, come on, Cedric. You know youâ€™re wrong,â€ť Troicki said. â€ťCome on, you know youâ€™re wrong. Come on, please. You know that youâ€™re wrong. You called it and now you donâ€™t want to overrule yourself. Come on, there is no space. You know there is no space. Come on, no, I donâ€™t want to play like this. There is no space. There is zero space. â€¦ You donâ€™t want to correct yourself â€¦ because you always think youâ€™re right, but youâ€™re not.â€ť
Troicki, a 27-year-old from Serbia who is ranked 42nd on the ATP Tour, continued his rant. â€śThere is no chance itâ€™s out. From the space you can see itâ€™s there!â€ť
Winning over the sparse crowd, he stomped, he threatened to retire from the match, he pulled a cameraman over to film the mark. Finally, Mourier issued a warning and the match continued, with Gulbis winning 6-1, 6-1.
H/T Chris Oddo