McEnroe’s threat to photographers after being defaulted from Aus Open
John McEnroe says 'we all learn from our mistakes'
We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info
During his playing career, John McEnroe was famed for courting controversy and was even disqualified from the 1990 Australian Open altogether after one such outburst.
During his fourth round match against Mikael Pernfors, McEnroe became the first player since 1963 to be disqualified from a Grand Slam event. After a close call went the way of Pernfors, McEnroe approached the lineswoman and glared at her.
This prompted umpire Gerry Armstrong to issue him a warning, before McEnroe was then docked a point for ‘racket abuse’ after smashing it on the ground when a shot went wide. McEnroe was furious with the decision and disputed it with the tournament’s chief supervisor Ken Farrar, who refused to overturn the decision.
McEnroe then reportedly yelled “‘Just go f*** your mother” to a supervisor, prompting him to be disqualified. McEnroe had fallen foul of new ATP Tour rules that had only come into effect that month, which stated that if a player was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct three times in a match then they would be disqualified.
JUST IN: Tsitsipas ‘lucky’ not to default like Djokovic after Aus Open outburst
McEnroe later explained at a press conference that he was unaware of the new rules, but not before he became embroiled in more controversy as he threatened to storm out over photographers taking pictures of him. “I will walk out if you take photographs of me while I am talking,” he fumed.
“After you’ve played for three hours, I think it was unnecessary to disqualify me for a four-letter word. I think there should be better discretion.
“They have written the laws for me. Pernfors yells and people laugh because they think Swedish is funny.
Aus Open urged to take ‘harsh measures’ over Russian star’s message
Novak Djokovic takes spicy swipe at de Minaur after ‘circus’ comments
Aus Open sees first retirement as Sebi Korda struck by down injury
“If I’d known the [new] rules, I would probably have still broken my racket, but I probably wouldn’t have said what I said to the guy [Farrar]. I let things rattle me.
“This is like a long story, you know, that culminates in me getting defaulted at a big tournament. I mean, I guess it was bound to happen.”
Source: Read Full Article