WATCH: Marc Polmans hits the chair umpire after angrily smashing the ball, gets disqualified instantly from the Shanghai Masters qualifiers
Marc Polmans was playing against Stefano Napolitano.
Marc Polmans hits chair umpire during Shanghai Masters Qualifiers (Images via X)
Australian tennis player Marc Polmans landed himself in massive trouble as he hit the chair umpire after losing a point against Stefano Napolitano during the Shanghai Masters Qualifiers. The incident took place during the tiebreaker in the second set when Polmans lost a point after failing to return a drop shot from Napolitano. The Australian then angrily smashed the ball which hit the chair umpire.
Polmans was then immediately disqualified and Napolitano progressed to the next round. This emotional outburst from Polmans meant the Australian won’t feature in the ATP 1000 event in China which is making a return after four years.
The video of the incident was shared widely on social media which shows how Polmans hit the chair umpire. The Australian had to run across the court to get a match point but as Polmans tried to slice the ball over the net, it got entangled instead, and resultantly he lost a point. This angered Polmans who smashed the ball in frustration but only to see it hit the chair umpire at a rapid pace.
No ATP 1000 debut for Marc Polmans yet
When Marc Polmans was seeded fourth in the Shanghai Masters Qualifiers, the Australian would have hoped to make it through to the main draw and make his debut at an ATP 1000 event. The 26-year-old had things going well for him till the very moment he lost control of his emotions and fired the ball into the umpire’s face. Polmans had won the first set 7-6 and was looking to further extend the lead in the second set.
As Stefano Napolitano was also not giving up easily, it became a close affair yet again. However, the Australian had a chance to stop the game from going into a tiebreak by winning the match point. Polmans tried his best to steal the point but failed and this angered him. As a result, he vented his frustration on the ball by smashing it in the air but it went on to hit the chair umpire’s face instead.
With this disqualification, Marc Polmans’ wait for a debut at an ATP 1000 event got prolonged. The 26-year-old would be cursing himself for letting the rush of emotions get to his head. Nevertheless, he will have a chance at the Paris Masters yet again.
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