Pospisil Apologises For Miami Open Rant

By Ben Hamill - March 28 2021
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Pospisil Apologises For Miami Open Rant

Canadian Miami Open contender Vasek Pospisil has apologised for his on-court profanity-laced tirade directed at ATP Tour chief Andrea Gaudenzi on Wednesday. Pospisil lashed out at Gaudenzi during his first-round defeat against American Mackenzie McDonald in Florida.

It all spiralled completely out of control after the Canadian and world No. 67 smashed his racket on the court during the first set of his eventual 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 defeat. His tirade included an on-court tantrum, the angry hitting of the ball out of the court, and an angry and out of control shouting session at the chair umpire on duty. His livid tantrum eventually led to a verbal abuse penalty imposed on set point, which cost him the first set.

This seemed to anger him beyond the point of reason, leading to a disgraceful tirade against Gaudenzi – who he claims had been screaming at him during Tuesday’s pre-match meeting for what he says had been nothing other than an attempt on his part to unite the players.

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Issues Long Time In The Making

Pospisil’s dissatisfaction and general taking-of-issue with the ATP reached a boiling point last year when he and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic announced that they would be forming a breakaway association for players, the controversial Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA). Although the pair claimed that they intended to help players become more united via the forming of the breakaway association, the move had been met with widespread opposition from not only tennis governing bodies the world over, but also from several prominent current and former players.

The Canadian during his public apology on Twitter explained that the meeting with the ATP had completely unsettled and unnerved him, all of which had led him to appear in disrespect of the game. He added that he loved tennis and that he deeply regretted his reproachable behaviour, and also that he had underestimated the toll these emotions had taken on him before stepping out and onto the court on Wednesday.

In Women’s Miami Open News

Meanwhile in more positive news, US women’s tennis star Sloane Stephens this week earned her maiden victory of the year when she defeated past Open qualifier Oceane Dodin 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.

The 2018 Miami Open winner had not won a match since her participation in the French Open in September, but fully made up for the drought by making it into the women’s draw. Stephens is currently ranked world No. 49.

Also ending a personal drought had been wild-card entry Ana Konjuh of Croatia. Konjuh this week won her first main-draw contest in a WTA event since 2018.

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