Former No. 1 Pliskova bashes umpire's chair with racket after loss

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

We've already had some on-court fury today at the Rome Masters, when Dominic Thiem destroyed his racquet after hitting a shot too long against Fabio Fognini.

After vehemently arguing with the umpire to no avail Pliskova was furious when 42nd-ranked Sakkari was given the advantage and break point at a crucial stage of the match.

Sakkari won the game and then served out the match to win 3-6 6-3 7-5.

No fine was announced and USA Today reported that the Women's Tennis Association had not responded to queries regarding the incident, but event organizers have been clamping down on tennis players for unsportsmanlike conduct.

You couldn't really blame the former world No. 1 for being upset, after her overhead at deuce was called out at 5-5 in the deciding third set of her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece.

Replays showed the ball landed inside the sideline but umpire Marta Mrozinska refused to accept Pliskova's pleadings to overturn the call.

She furiously repeatedly struck the umpire's chair with her racket.

The decision prompted fury from fans online, some calling for the umpire to be removed from their position, whilst some claimed Pliskova went too far in her actions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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