JANNIK SINNER was involved in a violent row with referee Marijana Veljovic during his win over Daniel Galan.
The Italian secured a straight-set win 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-3 in the round of 16 but was frustrated by some of the referee’s decisions.
A Sinner shot was called in the first set but the 21-year-old challenged and replays showed his shot was in there.
Veljovic ordered the point to be retaken, but when a similar incident happened in the second set and Galan was successful with a tackle, she gave the Colombian the point.
That provoked a reaction from Sinner, who challenged Veljovic despite failing to return Galan’s serve, which was initially annulled.
Sinnik appeared annoyed as he held out his arms while the crowd in Court One mocked his protests.
However, that didn’t stop the youngster from going to Veljovic to discuss the issue before some parts of the crowd booed.
Sinner held up his racquet to apologize and although he lost the game, he went from behind to take the set after winning four straight games.
After the match, Sinner apologized for his behavior and admitted he was letting his emotions run free.
He told the BBC: “I have apologized to the crowd. Sorry again folks. I’m usually pretty calm, but sometimes it happens. There have been some tough calls from my side. It happens.”
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“I try to stay in the present moment. Sometimes players get a bit frustrated. It’s the sport.”
Fans were stunned when one dubbed the argument the “most violent fight at Wimbledon”.
Another added: “I don’t remember Sinner ever arguing that much with a referee before.”
And a third said: “The phone calls at that Wimbledon were appallingly bad. Don’t blame Sinner at all. He has absolutely every right to complain.”
Sinner is now in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the second time in a row and meets Roman Safiullin there.
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