Mikael Ymer breaks a racket and a referee’s chair in a tennis match tirade at the Lyon Open
Tennis star Mikael Ymer’s frustration with the chair umpire during his Lyon Open match on Wednesday boiled over to the point that he took his anger out on the chair itself.
Ymer, a Swedish-born tennis player who was playing in the round of 16 of the tournament against Arthur Fils, wanted a ball mark checked on the clay court after the chair umpire ruled a shot from Son as in.
Ymer thought the boundary call was out, but after hearing no call, he awkwardly tried to return the shot, and it went out on Son’s side.
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However, the referee refused to grant Ymer’s request for inspection of a ball mark, which Ymer deemed unacceptable.
“Show me the mark then. Show me the mark,” Ymer was heard saying to the chair umpire. “You thought he clearly bounced off the line? So show me the mark on the line.
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Ymer added: “I’ve never seen a referee say I wasn’t going to go down and check the mark.”
He would go on to lose the match on the next serve, and that’s when he went ballistic.
Ymer walked over to the chair umpire and began slamming his racquet against the chair, smashing both his racquet and the side of the chair into pieces as the umpire watched. It was an immediate disqualification from the match, but Ymer certainly vented his anger.
He accepted his fate, walked up to Son to congratulate him on reaching the final, and left the pitch in frustration.
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Ymer is currently ranked 51st in the world. He will be on the court for the French Open next week at Roland Garros.