Breaking one racquet is unlucky, destroying three may be thought of silly. Frustration acquired the higher of Alexander Bublik because the tennis player sensationally misplaced his cool throughout a first-round match in Montpellier, France.
The 25-year-old was competing on the Open Sud de France as defending champion. He surprisingly misplaced the primary set, however bounced again to take the match in opposition to the unseeded Gregoire Barrere to a deciding third set.
Bublik, the world quantity 50, promisingly moved 4-2 forward within the third set, however then issues began to unravel for the sixth seed. Within the tiebreak, with Bublik coughing up three double faults and falling 6-0 behind, his composure failed him and he smashed his racquet on the court docket 5 instances.
He then walked to his bag to get one other racquet, which he additionally proceeded to whack on the ground. Not fairly carried out, he grabbed one other racquet and repeatedly banged that one on the court docket.
Unsurprisingly, he was warned for racquet abuse.
His title protection got here to an early finish as Barrere superior to the second spherical with a 6-4 6-7 (12) 7-6 (3) victory, with Bublik’s 14 double faults proving pricey.