US Open witnesses ‘absurd moment’ as star halts play with drinks bottle outburst

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Lloyd Harris halted play in his US Open quarter-final match against world No. 4 Alexander Zverev, after the South African took out his anger on a handful of drinks bottles in New York.

Harris’ Grand Slam journey ended at the quarter-final stage following a straight set defeat to Zverev, however it was his drinks break outburst that caught the attention of many after he hurled his bottles across the court.

The South African agonisingly missed out on taking the first set of the match, after losing a nail-biting tie break against his opponent. 

And, it seemed that Harris let his frustrations get the better of him, as he threw two bottles across the court, forcing a lengthy stoppage so the spillage could be cleaned up.

Both players, the ballkids and even match umpire Louise Azemar Engzell took part in the bizarre clean up, wiping the puddles created by Harris’ outburst with towels to ensure the court was safe to continue.

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Journalist Ahmed Zidan labelled the tantrum an ‘absurd moment’, tweeting: “Such an absurd moment here at the #usopen. After losing the first set in this Q8 match, Harris threw 2 plastic bottles of water angrily on the court. 

“Then both players, him & Zverev, the umpire and a handful of ball boys all participated in cleaning the court for about 5 minutes.”

Tennis TV presenter Nick McCarvel also weighed in on the bizarre tantrum, by also taking to social media to explain the situation to his followers.

McCarvel posted on Twitter: “Lloyd Harris throws two bottles (?!) on court after losing that first set. Never seen anything like it. Then both he and Alexander Zverev help ball people and Louise Azemar Engzell wipe the court dry And chat while doing so… “

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Following the strange stoppage, the match finally restarted however things would not get any better for the South African, as he would go on to lose the next two sets resulting in a straight set defeat in the last eight tie.

After his defeat, it seemed that Harris’ mood had improved from his inplay outburst, after admitting he ‘learned a lot’ from his Grand Slam journey to the quarter-finals.

He said: “I feel there’s a lot I learnt from this week and a lot I can take moving forward, So I am really happy with the tournament as a whole – it’s my first quarter-finals in the slams so I’ll take that. Hopefully this is just the start of big things and hopefully I can turn this into some more good results.”

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