Tennis enthusiasts will remember Viktor Troicki’s epic meltdown in a match – he eventually lost – against Ernests Gulbis where he grabbed a television camera, along with the cameraman, to shoot a mark on the clay court in response to a call by the chair umpire he disagreed with. This time round, Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky, 101st ranked player whipped out his own iPhone to prove that he had hit an inside-in that was ruled as out by the lines judge.
In his French Open match with No. 7 seed Richard Gasquet, Stakhovsky found a great new way to convince the chair umpire that the ball was indeed in. The umpire Carlos Ramos and Gaqsquet both investigated the line and decided that the ball was out. Stakhovsky walked up to the mark and tried to convince them that the ball was in, but to no avail.
“You're wrong” (Image Credit: Fox Sports)
In the next changeover, Stakhovsky decided to use technology to settle this matter, by using his own iPhone. He walked up to his chair, whipped his phone out and clicked the photo of the line where he believed the ball had hit.
No prizes for guessing that the umpire did not appreciate this act. Not only did he maintain his decision, he even handed Stakhovsky a code violation for displaying unsportsmanlike conduct. Stakhovsky did end up losing the match 6-1, 6-4, 6-3, though.
He tweeted about it too!
The defiant tennis player later went on to tweet the controversial image from his official Twitter account with the caption, “Well… Here [is] what you asked for…” presumably in response to several fans asking for the picture.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Stakhovsky has put more trust in his iPhone than the cumulative technology used in tournaments. He clicked a picture and uploaded it when he lost a match to Alexandr Dolgopolov at the ATP 250-level event in Munich. This time, it was to show a shot by Dolgopov that had landed out.
To help his cause, Stakhovsky has decided to show this image to the French Open officials so he doesn’t lose the prize money. Meanwhile, here’s Troicki’s epic meltdown from earlier this year. Technology causes such drama at times!