Canadian tennis player Steven Diez was absolutely livid by what happened during his Houston qualifying match versus Gijs Brouwer. On a match point on Brouwer's serve, Diez hit a passing winner after which the chair umpire called, "Game, set, match Diez." Brouwer then questioned his serve and, after going down to check it out, the chair umpire reversed Diez's match point.
Diez insisted the chair umpire got the wrong mark but the chair umpire wouldn't listen to it. The match continued and Brouwer claimed a 4-6 7-5 6-2 win over Diez in the Houston qualifying final round. In an interview with Punto de Break, Diez was asked to reflect if he had ever seen something like that.
"It's not because it was my game, but I'm telling you that I don't remember such an outrage. If it happens in a Grand Slam or if it happened to Nadal, a Djokovic, a Federer or a Kyrgios, I assure you the whole world would be talking about it," Diez told Punto de Break.
ðAyer en la Qualy del ATP 250 de #Houston sucedió algo increíble. Resto ganador y victoria para Steven Diez, el canadiense accede al cuadro.
ð£“Game, set and match”, grita el juez de silla.
Diez: The supervisor believed me couldn't go against the chair umpire
"We stopped the game for about 7-8 minutes until the supervisor arrives, but of course, the supervisor was not on the court, so you have to believe the chair umpire's version.
A version that the chair invents, imagine for him to say that the other had not served-red! The supervisor tells me that he can't do anything, although later he privately told me that he believed my version more than the chair umpire's," Diez added.
Diez admitted he couldn't mentally recover after the incident. "I tried to recover from everything that had happened but I couldn't, it was very difficult for me. I tried to motivate myself, even the public was incredible with me, supporting me at all times, I think that nobody wanted the other to win.
I don't remember a game where it was so difficult for me to manage that internal rage at the thought that I should have won the game, I had never experienced those emotions on a tennis court," Diez admitted. Diez made the Houston main draw as a lucky loser, before losing to Jordan Thompson.