Mikael Ymer: Tennis player disqualified from match after smashing racket against umpire’s chair
Swedish tennis player Mikael Ymer was disqualified from the Lyon Open on Wednesday after smashing his racket against the bottom of the umpire’s chair.
The incident occurred after Ymer had pleaded with umpire Rogerio Santos to examine a ball mark on the clay throughout his spherical of 16 match against France’s Arthur Fils.
Santos stated he had seen the ball bouncing on the road and subsequently wouldn’t examine for a mark on the court docket – as umpires usually do on clay – although Ymer was adamant the ball had gone out.
“I have never witnessed that a ref says, ‘I’m not going to go down and check the mark.’ It doesn’t happen. Why are you not checking the mark I’m giving to you?” Ymer stated to Santos.
Fils then broke Ymer’s serve the next level to go 6-5 forward, after which the world No. 53 smashed his racket twice into the umpire’s chair, breaking the racket head clear away from the deal with on his second swipe.
A event official then advised Ymer that he had been disqualified. The 24-year-old went over to congratulate Fils, who will face high seed Félix Auger Aliassime within the subsequent spherical.
An analogous incident involving German player Alexander Zverev occurred on the Mexican Open final 12 months.
Zverev was handed a suspended eight-week ban and fined $25,000 for repeatedly hitting the umpire’s chair together with his racket throughout a first-round doubles match.
At the time of the incident, he was ejected from the singles event, fined $40,000 and made to forfeit the $31,570 in prize cash he had already collected, in addition to all ATP Rankings factors from the occasion.
CNN has contacted the ATP Tour concerning Ymer’s disqualification from the Lyon Open.