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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Tsitsipas sprays linesman after incorrect call


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An irate Stefanos Tsitsipas has sensationally unloaded on a linesman after a late and incorrect call was deemed to have impacted opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili’s ability to return a set-winning serve, forcing the point to be replayed and ultimately lost by the Greek superstar.

Tsitsipas struggled to keep a lid on his emotions throughout much of his third-round encounter against Basilashvili as the 14th seed coughed up a tight second set 6-3 in less than ideal conditions.

A crying baby in the crowd threw him off his service game, two time violations cost him a first serve and adverse indoor conditions wreaked havoc with the young-gun. So, when the left service linesman erred in his call on set point it was the straw that broke the camel’s back, as Tsitispas blew his top.

“F*** this d***head here,” Tsitsipas is believed to have said in his native tongue as he gestured to the umpire.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

“And f*** this guy too,” he pointed to the linesman.

“This guys is a f***ing d***head.”

Adding insult to injury the umpire then issued Tsitsipas with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct as the Greek jokingly applauded in the direction of the linesman.

Fortunately for Tsitsipas’ growing army of supporters at Melbourne Park, the Greek managed to find his composure to eventually close out the third set and win the match 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4.

He sets up a heavyweight encounter with Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, in the fourth round.

An irate Stefanos Tsitsipas has sensationally unloaded on a linesman after a late and incorrect call was deemed to have impacted opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili’s ability to return a set-winning serve, forcing the point to be replayed and ultimately lost by the Greek superstar.

Tsitsipas struggled to keep a lid on his emotions throughout much of his third-round encounter against Basilashvili as the 14th seed coughed up a tight second set 6-3 in less than ideal conditions.

A crying baby in the crowd threw him off his service game, two time violations cost him a first serve and adverse indoor conditions wreaked havoc with the young-gun. So, when the left service linesman erred in his call on set point it was the straw that broke the camel’s back, as Tsitispas blew his top.

“F*** this d***head here,” Tsitsipas is believed to have said in his native tongue as he gestured to the umpire.

Stefanos Tsitsipas

“And f*** this guy too,” he pointed to the linesman.

“This guys is a f***ing d***head.”

Adding insult to injury the umpire then issued Tsitsipas with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct as the Greek jokingly applauded in the direction of the linesman.

Fortunately for Tsitsipas’ growing army of supporters at Melbourne Park, the Greek managed to find his composure to eventually close out the third set and win the match 6-3 3-6 7-6 6-4.

He sets up a heavyweight encounter with Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, in the fourth round.

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