Tennis player smashes racket against umpire's chair in post-match tantrum

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

But something is clearly in the air in the Italian capital, as a top female competitor's aggression completely came out following the completion of her match.

But the drama didn't end there - after the players shook hands, Pliskova then took a number of big swings with her racquet against the umpire's chair, taking a chunk out of its side.

Karolina Pliskova is now the world number six in the women's singles rankings, and topped the pile as recently as July 2017.

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.


The usually stoic Czech disagreed with chair umpire Marta Mrozinska over a call when she put away an easy overhead at 5-5, deuce, in the third set.

With the game in the balance on Pliskova's serve at 6-3, 3-6, 5-5 (30/30), an oversight from the umpire and line judge led the Czech to give up a costly break point that helped see Greece's Maria Sakkari claim victory.

Karolina Pliskova wasn't happy about a crucial blown call in her second-round loss at the Italian Open, delivering an all-time post-match tantrum.

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

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