Email
Print
Email
Print

Janowicz melts down on way to win

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font

No. 24 Jerzy Janowicz climbed from a two-sets-to-love deficit to beat Somdev Devvarman 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open, but not before completely losing his temper and going into full-on meltdown mode. On set point in the first-set tiebreak, Janowicz looked to have secured the set when Devvarman pulled a forehand wide that was called in. With no Hawkeye out on Court 8, Janowicz appealed to the chair umpire for an overrule to no avail.

That’s when the guttural screaming began.

“How many times? How many times? How many? I’m begging you!” he screamed before spitting on the line. “It’s no fun to play like this!”

After Janowicz lost the set 12-10 he tossed a ball softly at the umpire’s direction, hit the umpire’s chair with his racket and threw a water bottle across the court, earning a code violation.

“I got warning only because I was shouting,” the emotional Pole said after. “I didn’t say anything bad. I was only shouting, so this was the problem. Because umpire told me I got a warning because I was shouting. They play some matches around us, so this was the problem. I didn’t say anything bad, so I hope I not have to pay.”

Expect to see some fines.

“Well, sometimes happens like this,” he said. “You can’t control your emotions all the time. This was really big point for me. We played this set for more than 1 hour, 10 minutes, so this was really important point for me.

“Actually, I went nuts. I calmed down little bit later on. Sometimes I have problem to control my emotions, but I’m trying to work on this.”

  • Published On Jan 16, 2013
  • 7 comments
    DavidTsang
    DavidTsang

    Sitting from there, I'd imagine it would be difficult to overrule. If anything, I'd be mad at the line judge since there was no obstruction and the ball was going relatively slow. How do you miss it from THAT position?

    Brad M1
    Brad M1

    Meltdown??  where??

    hardy
    hardy

    Not unlike the chair ump who gave Serena a point violation from yelling "c'mon".  How is that any more of a hinderance than Sharapova and Azarenka's polysyllabic screams each time they hit the ball.  Azarenka's screams continue even as her opponent hits the balls.  No wonder Jerzy and Serena went off.  These umps are useless.  They don't even overrule bad calls when they see them.  They wait for the player to challenge.  They should do their job.  And how is it fair that only the top players get to use the challenge system, as lower ranked players don't get to play on the big courts unless they are playing top ranked players.  If Indian Wells can put hawkeye on every court, certainly the GS's can do it.  They have the sponsors and the money to get the job done. Jerzy had to be frustrated having the first set taken away from him after dueling in the hot Aussie heat only to lose what he had really won.  Understand that these players pour their hearts out on court, and when they get bad calls, they sometimes lose it.  Serena. Johnny Mac, Roddick, Jimmy Connors, and Jeff Terranko to name a few.  They are human.  Jerzy's blow up was completely understandable and forgiveable if not in the best of "taste".

    JeffUher
    JeffUher

    Shows the uselessness of chair umpires who fail to do much more than announce scores, issue violations at their own discretion and watch a tennis match from court side. We have the technology to deal with this why isn't it used - and it could be paid for partly by getting rid of chair umpires.

    dami1bourd1
    dami1bourd1

    LOL! Love it ~ The guy is so sincere!  

     

    dami1bourd1
    dami1bourd1

     @Brad M1 With all the respect due to her, I think Ms Nguyen is not very found of tall, creative and somehow out of nowhere tennis players. Maverick style. She prefers them ultra-civilized, the obedient style.

    The pity is, JJ once again played some incredible points during this match, and we're not given the opportunity to see them. We just got a replay of the mistake from the empire and loud reaction from JJ. I'm waiting for more positive news instead of sterile polemics.

    zobovt
    zobovt

     @hardy when it comes to Serena, there are way too many double standards.