Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Janowicz suffers on-court Melbourne meltdown
By Nick Mulvenney
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Jerzy Janowicz exploded in rage after losing a 79-minute set to India's Somdev Devvarman at the Australian Open on Wednesday, hitting the umpire's chair with his racket and throwing his water bottle across court.
The Polish 24th seed furiously contested a line call in the opening set of their second round tie on court eight, collapsing to his knees in frustration with his forehead touching the playing surface.
His Indian opponent took the tiebreak 12-10 to win the set and at the changeover, Janowicz again argued his case with Croatian umpire Marija Cicak before making the point more forcefully with his racket.
While he was regaining his composure, Devvarman raced away with the second set 6-3 but the Pole hit back with 15 winners to win the third 6-1 and the fourth 6-0 to level up the match.
Devvarman, who reached a career-high 62nd in the world in July 2011, has slipped to 551 after missing most of the 2012 season with a shoulder injury.
As India's sole remaining representative in the single's draw at Melbourne Park, Devvarman's participation in the match would have guaranteed a huge TV audience for Janowicz's tantrum.
(Additional reporting Tim Wimborne, editing by Patrick Johnston)