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Karolina Pliskova attacks umpire's chair in epic tantrum

Karolina Pliskova attacks umpire's chair in epic tantrum

Former world tennis no.1 Karolina Pliskova has channelled her inner John McEnroe at the Italian Open, launching a furious tirade at an erroneous umpire.

In the third set with the sixth seeded Czech serving 6-3, 3-6, 5-5 (30/30) she had an overhead shot incorrectly ruled out and both the line judge and the umpire said they could not find the mark.

Pliskova was stunned 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 by Maria Sakkari of Greece in the round of 32 at the Rome Masters.

The game was delicately poised at 30-30 but that decision ultimately cost Pliskova the game as she seems to lose her composure. She then hit her racquet against the umpire's chair "several times", USA Today reports, leaving a gaping hole.

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Pliskova raises her hand to shake the umpire's hand, thinks better of it, and instead smashes open the umpire's chair with four blows of her racquet.

Pliskova's sister, Kristyna, went on to call for the umpire to be banned.

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.


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