Vasek Pospisil apologizes for wild on-court Miami Masters rant

Pospisil claimed ATP boss Andrea Gaudenzi screamed at him during a meeting on Tuesday.

by Dzevad Mesic
Vasek Pospisil apologizes for wild on-court Miami Masters rant

Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil went on an explosive tirade during his Miami Masters first round clash. Pospisil, a former world No. 25, launched a ball out of the stadium and smashed his racket towards the end of the first set.

The Canadian then received a code violation and point penalty, which gave American Mackenzie McDonald the first set. Pospisil was extremely mad and then he went on a tirade. "An hour and a half the chair of the ATP f***ing screaming at me in a player meeting for trying to unite the players," Pospisil said to chair umpire Arnaud Gabas.

"For an an hour and a half ... The leader of the ATP... F***ing a***hole. "If you want to default me, I'll gladly sue this whole organisation."

Pospisil apologized on Twitter

"I want to sincerely apologize for my behavior on the court in Miami earlier today.

I disrespected the game I love and for that I am truly sorry. By way of explanation, I felt deeply unnerved during a meeting between players and ATP executives last night, and I underestimated the toll those emotions took on me until I stepped onto the court today.

Again, I am sorry for my on-court behavior and the language I used," Pospisil said in a statement posted on his Twitter account. Pospisil ended up losing to McDonald in the Miami Masters first round as the American won 6-3 4-6 6-3.

Pospisil led 3-2 in the first set, before surrendering back-to-back breaks and losing four games in a row to drop the first set. In the second set, Pospisil trailed 4-3 before claiming his first break of the match to force a decider.

McDonald saved a break point in the fifth game of the third set, before claiming the key break a game later. It remains to be seen if the ATP will hand a fine to Pospisil for his on-court rant.

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