Angry about tennis politics, Vasek Pospisil has been unable to control his emotions and aimed at an expletive-ridden tirade at the ATP’s top official during his first-round exit at the Miami Open.
Pospisil angrily launched a ball out of the court and smashed two racquets in the first set.
Serving while facing a set point, he was penalised for verbal abuse to lose the set.
From there, the Canadian
During the changeover after his first-set meltdown, Pospisil began explaining to the umpire at the change of ends why he was so agitated – using a profanity to describe ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi.
“What’s happening today? An hour and half yesterday, the chair of the ATP f***ing screaming at me in a player meeting, for trying to unite the players,” Pospisil said.
“For an hour and a half. The leader of the ATP.
“Get him out here. … f*** a**hole.
“If you want to default me, I’ll gladly sue this whole organisation.”
Pospisil, who has been trying to set up a new group to represent men’s professional players, regained his composure after dropping the opening set, but eventually lost to qualifier Mackenzie McDonald 6-3 4-6 6-3.
Pospisil and No.1-ranked Novak Djokovic have been trying to set up the new group.
Tennis players never have had a union, unlike athletes in team sports across the globe.
The ATP didn’t immediately response to a request for comment on Pospisil’s tirade.
A former top-25 player, 30-year-old Pospisil is now ranked 67th.