Tennis player’s meltdown at Italian Open is a classic (video)


A match against Rafael Nadal is the reward Ernests Gulbis gets for surviving Viktor Troicki’s temper tantrum. (Andreas Solaro / AFP Getty Images)

This takes “you cannot be serious” to a whole new level.

Viktor Troicki took issue with the decision of a chair umpire to overrule a 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.

“No, come on, Cedric. You know you’re wrong,” Troicki said. ”Come on, you know you’re wrong. Come on, please. You know that you’re wrong. You called it and now you don’t want to overrule yourself. Come on, there is no space. You know there is no space. Come on, no, I don’t want to play like this. There is no space. There is zero space. … You don’t want to correct yourself … because you always think you’re right, but you’re not.”

Troicki, a 27-year-old from Serbia who is ranked 42nd on the ATP Tour, continued his rant. “There is no chance it’s out. From the space you can see it’s there!”

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

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