Vasek Pospisil ‘sorry’ for expletive-laden rant at ATP boss in Miami
The tantrum, which included angrily hitting a ball out of the court docket and shouting on the chair umpire, started when the world No. 67 smashed his racket on the court docket late within the first set of his 6-3 4-6 6-3 defeat.
A verbal abuse penalty on set level then value him the primary set and Pospisil launched into an expletive-laden tirade towards Gaudenzi, who he stated had been “screaming” at him in a gathering on Tuesday for “attempting to unite the gamers.”
“For an hour and a half. The chief of the ATP. Get him out right here. Why am I supporting this?” Pospisil stated to chair umpire Arnaud Gabas, threatening to sue the ATP if he was defaulted.
Pospisil’s points with the ATP got here to a head final yr when he and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic introduced the formation of the breakaway Skilled Tennis Gamers Affiliation (PTPA).
Pospisil stated his assembly with the ATP had “unnerved” him.
“I need to sincerely apologise for my behaviour on the court docket in Miami earlier at the moment,” Pospisil, who didn’t converse to the media after his match, stated on Twitter. “I disrespected the sport I really like and for that I’m actually sorry.
“By means of clarification, I felt deeply unnerved throughout a gathering between gamers and ATP executives final night time, and I underestimated the toll these feelings took on me till I stepped onto the court docket at the moment.
“Once more, I’m sorry for my on-court behaviour and the language I used.”
The ATP Tour didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.