IT HAS BEEN a while since we have seen a good meltdown in the tennis but the Jerzy Janowicz has stepped up in spectacular fashion.
The Polish player admitted he “went nuts” after an extraordinary meltdown during his marathon Australian Open victory over Somdev Devvarman.
The 24th seed screamed his discontent at a line call when he led 9-8 in the tiebreaker of his 6-7 (10/12), 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 triumph over India’s Somdev Devvarman.
“How many times?” he repeatedly lamented before spitting on the line.
“The umpires, they’re making so many mistakes,” Janowicz said after the match.
“One of the most important mistakes was set point in the tiebreak, 9-8. Was a shanked forehand from Devvarman. The ball was really slow, it was clean out,” he said.
“I was already happy, I was already shouting ‘come on.’ But the referees didn’t say anything. This was the moment when I went nuts.
“Sometimes it happens like this. Sometimes I have a problem to control my emotions, but I’m trying to work on this.”
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What did his opponent, Devvarman, think of the outburst?
“I was thinking ‘dude, relax’,” he remarked.