Tennis is usually a very polite sport — until it’s not.
For example, World No.1 Serbian star Novak Djokovic infamously scared ball retrievers, not once, but twice, last year. Just in May, highly ranked Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic used the racquet handle on match point instead of the head, during the Madrid Open.
However, nothing matches to Viktor Troicki’s recent outburst at 2016 Wimbledon that ultimately led to his second round exit from the tournament.
The Serbian World No. 27 unleashed a shocking tirade against Italian umpire Damiano Torella after he credited an ace to his opponent, the Spaniard Albert Ramos-Viñolas, which, according to Troicki, was unfair.
And then he started screaming.
Troicki snatched the ball from an obviously very scared ball boy and charged towards Torella, brandishing the ball while constantly yelling “look at it” at him.
Later, the angry player resumed the game, however, it ended a point later as Ramos-Viñolas clinched his victory. As expected, Troicki refused to shake Torella’s hand and yelled:
“Do you know what you did? You’re horrible. What are you doing? What are you doing? Tell me what are you doing? What are you doing there? You’re the worst ever. Do you know what you did? You’re an idiot.”
For many, Troicki’s meltdown was reminiscent of John McEnroe’s notorious “you cannot be serious” rant at Wimbledon in 1981.