John Millman comes in defense of Marc Polmans calling him ‘possibly the nicest person’ following the Aussie’s disqualification from Shanghai Masters for hitting the chair umpire

Marc Polmans has been disqualified from the Shanghai Masters for hitting the chair umpire during his Qualifier match.


John Millman comes in defense of Marc Polmans calling him ‘possibly the nicest person’ following the Aussie’s disqualification from Shanghai Masters for hitting the chair umpire

Marc Polmans (L), John Millman (R) (Source: Sky Sports/Eurosport)

Australian tennis player Marc Polmans got himself disqualified from the Shanghai Masters after smashing the ball at the chair umpire by mistake during his match against Stefano Napolitano in the qualifiers. Polmans was the fourth seed in the qualifiers for the Shanghai Masters and was really close to qualifying for an ATP 1000s event for the first time in his career. 

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The incident took place in the tiebreak of the second set. Polmans had already won the first set 7-6 and was on match point in the second set’s tie-break when he blundered the ball into the net in an attempt to slice it. Out of frustration, he launched the ball angrily, and it hit the chair umpire at a great pace. The Australian was disqualified immediately. 

Many fans across the globe have spoken up in favor of the player, stating that he did not do it intentionally. That includes Australian tennis player John Millman, who claimed that Polmans is ‘possibly the nicest person’. 

“Really hope the umpire is okay. They should be safe working in their environment. No excuses for this. No one would feel worse than Marc about this. He’s possibly the nicest person I know,” John Millman wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter). 

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Polmans defeated Alibek Kachmazov in the first round of the Shanghai Masters qualifiers pretty convincingly by a result of 3-6, 6-3, 7-6. A win over Stefano Napolitano would have confirmed his spot in the main event but his unfortunate disqualification stopped him from doing so. He was literally one point away from appearing in his first-ever ATP 1000s event. 

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Marc Polmans’ career at a glimpse

Marc Polmans made his Majors debut through the 2019 Australian Open. Perhaps the biggest achievement of his career so far came in the 2021 Australian Open, when he reached the mixed doubles semifinals alongside his teammate Storm Sanders. Despite having played in all the Grand Slam events (Australian Open, US Open, Wimbledon, and French Open), Polmans has never played in an ATP 1000s event yet in his career. 

Marc Polmans
Marc Polmans (Source: Fox News)

He has a current ranking of World No. 140 and achieved his career-high singles ranking of 16 on October 12, 2020. The Australian also had a career-high doubles ranking of World No. 68. 

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