Tennis players losing their cool at an umpire’s calls have become a more common sight in modern day tennis. Even by those standards, Russian Daniil Medvedev crossed the line during his second-round loss to Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans at Wimbledon when he was seen throwing coins at the umpire’s chair.
It’s amazing how dramatically things can turn around in the world of sport. One day you’re on top of the world, and the next day you’re down. And Russia’s Daniil Medvedev is the latest one to
The Russian, who sensationally upset world Stanislas Wawrinka in the first round, was beaten by Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans in five sets. However, the match will be largely remembered for the incident in which Medvedev took his wallet out and threw coins at the umpire’s chair.
Not only did the 21-year-old squander a two-set lead which allowed the big left-hander to take him to a decider, he also gave up a 2-0 lead in the fifth set when Bemelmans fought back to win five games on the bounce.
Clearly unhappy with proceedings, the World No.49 then took his frustration out on umpire Mariana Alves. After Bemelmans wrapped up the win 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, Medvedev gave the umpire a cursory handshake before taking coins out of his wallet and throwing them at the foot of Alves' chair. You can watch the incident here:
Medvedev acaba de abrir su cartera y echarle unas monedas a la juez de silla 😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/VPCIuc2tNF— Reacciones Tenis (@ReaccionesATP) July 5, 2017
Although the Russian insisted he was not suggesting that Alves had been bribed, he acknowledged that his actions were wrong and
"It was frustrating after a big win I had. All the match was not going well for me, so I was just very disappointed. In the heat of the moment, I did a bad thing. I
"It happens in the match, sometimes you are unhappy with the call. Sometimes it's in your
"I mean, as I said, I was just frustrated, so it has no meaning. I
However, despite his remorseful plea, Medvedev is likely to face action from the authorities over his antics.Though it must be remembered that he is just 21 years old is undoubtedly still learning, he should learn to be a professional sooner rather than later.