Stan Wawrinka took notice of the meltdown of Alexander Bublik during his match in Montpellier. Against Gregoire Barrere, the Kazakhastan player slammed and broke three, not one, racquets in what seemed like an endless eruption of frustration. Now according to Wawrinka, Bublik will be sent an invoice from the racquet manufacturing company.
Bublik took things too far with his racquet abuse earlier. Frustration is common with the competitors during the match, but Bublik’s reaction was totally unsportsmanlike. Though Bublik was spared from any kind of action against him, ATP is expected to issue him a heavy fine due to the excessive nature of the abuse.
But the men’s tennis body will not be the only one to take such a step. According to the Swiss tennis star Stan Wawrinka, Yonex, the equipment manufacturer, will also issue a fine to Bublik. Wawrinka, who has been using Yonex racquet for a while responded after taking notice of Bublik’s hammering on social media.
“Yonex will send him a small invoice too” Wawrinka commented. Initially, it looked like a pun but later sports journalist Marcos Zugasti explained what Wawrinka meant. “This answer from Stan. Random fact: since 2017, Yonex began to put clauses in several of the contracts with its players to charge them a fee for each racket they break in matches. And the Japanese comply: you get the discount invoice,” he clarified.
Bublik smashed three racquets during his clash against Gregoire Barrere
Racquet smashing is not an uncommon sight for the fans on the tennis court. Over the years many players have acquired a reputation for this kind of abuse to vent their anger. Aussie Nick Kyrgios is the most infamous player as he indulged in smashing his racquet multiple times in his career.
But what Bublik did was really uncommon. He smashed his piece of equipment not once but three times. In the third set whenBublikwas behind his opponent, he slammed his racquet on the court five times and broke it. But Bublik did not stop as he proceeded to pick the second racquet from his reserve.
Even after disintegrating two racquets, Bublik was yet to calm his frustration. He repeated the same action with the third one before finally changing ends to the announcement of a warning for racquet abuse.
Abhinavendu Singh is a Tennis Writer at FirstSportz. He has been following this sport since childhood and is a diehard 'Fedal' fan. Though drawn to the sport since 2004, it was Rafael Nadal's win over Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the 2006 French Open final that made him fall in love with the sport. Originally a Nadal supporter, he became a 'Fedal' fanatic after the duo produced a historic game for the ages at 2008 Wimbledon final. An engineer by training, whenever he is not watching tennis or writing about it Abhinavendu is either busy watching crime thrillers, experimenting with ingredients in kitchen or reading non-fiction books.
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