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Damir Dzumhur denies threatening ATP chair umpire after quitting in protest

Tennis player Damir Dzumhur has denied levelling a death threat at a chair umpire in the midst of a furious walk-out in Acapulco on Sunday.

The Bosnian was defaulted from his second-round qualifying match when he walked off the court in anger over a line call.

Watch the bizarre episode unfold in the video above

Dzumhur, who reached a career-high ranking of world No.23 in 2018, lost his cool when a forehand from his Dutch opponent Botic van de Zandschulp was called in by the line judge.

The 28-year-old Dzumhur was serving at 5-5, 40-40 in the opening set at the time.

Looking in disbelief Dzumhur dropped his racquet and approached the chair umpire for an overrule but to no avail. He subsequently lost the service game to trail 5-6.

The call seemed to have infuriated Dzumhur as he continued remonstrating with the chair umpire during the change of ends and received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.

“You have no idea,” Dzumhur could be heard saying.

Damir Dzumhur dropped and threw his racquet before quitting the match in protest. Credit: ATP

He returned to the court and won the first point on his opponent’s serve with a crosscourt forehand winner but then again seemed to say something to the umpire, earning a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The world No.125 then walked off the court, threw his racquet on his bag and touched fists with van de Zandschulp and signalling his intention to stop the match.

“I have told him at the changeover that I can and that I will sue him because he directly influenced my loss,” Dzumhur said, via Tennis Majors.

“He gave me a warning for saying that. I do not know how anyone has the right to give me a warning for those words. I got up, but I was already very upset.

“I won the first point of the next game and then I have made another comment, I cannot remember exactly what at this point; but the umpire told me ‘it is enough’. I answered that it was not enough and that I will decide when it is enough.

Damir Dzumhur was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open last month.
Damir Dzumhur was knocked out in the first round of the Australian Open last month. Credit: Getty

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