Fabio Fognini gave the (bad) mark in the ATP 500 in Barcelona but it is the latest of a few questionable situations of tennis professionals who lose their temper and react in an untimely way. With the fresh memory of Novak Djokovic last September, the review of the disqualifications:
In the match for the round of 16 of the US Open 2020, the Serbian faced the Spanish Pablo Carreño Busta, but the worst happened to the Serbian. After losing his service and his rival going up 6-5 in the first set, the world number one hit a line judge with a ball and the authorities chose to disqualify him from the Major. From this fact, it is worth remembering some similar cases that happened in tennis in recent times.
In 2012, David Nalbandian played the final in Queens against Croatian Marin Cilic, but due to attacking one of the judges, the former tennis player could not finish the match. During the second set, and after having won the first, the Argentine kicked a billboard and injured one of the judges. The Cordovan was disqualified from the tournament for “unsportsmanlike conduct” and the title remained for the European.
Also in a final, another tennis player eliminated by decision of the authorities was the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. In Istanbul 2016, the former 3rd in the ranking lost in the decisive set to Diego Schwartzman, so far he smashed his third racket in the match and was disqualified by the judges. In this way, the Argentine was crowned champion for the first time on the circuit.
In 2017 and for the Davis Cup, Canada faced Great Britain. With the series tied at two, the fifth point and the pass to the next round were defined by Denis Shapovalov and Kyle Edmund. In the course of the third set and with the European leading the score by two sets to zero, the North American missed a definition on the net and lost his serve.. With the desire to throw a ball anywhere, the boy, who was 17 years old at the time, had bad fortune and ended up hitting the chair umpire’s eye. The result? Shapovalov and Canada disqualified from the contest.
At the 2019 edition of the Rome Masters 1000, Nick Kyrgios was expelled from the tournament in the second round match against Casper Ruud. With the match even in sets, the Norwegian broke the Australian’s serve in the third quarter due to a penalty game from the chair umpire, causing the latter to lose his temper. He threw a chair in the middle of the court and kicked a bottle, for which he was opted for disqualification.
Further back in 1995, Tim Henman, who played doubles at Wimbledon with Jeremy Bates as his duo, hit a ball boy after her serve was broken as she ran across the court.
In 1990, John McEnroe was disqualified in the fourth round of the Australian Open against Mijael Pernfors for three rule violations. McEnroe received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct after intimidating a woman on the line. The second warning was for hitting his racket and he was finally disqualified after verbally complaining to chair umpire Gerry Armnstrong.