World no. 1072 Tiago Cação was defaulted in his second-round match in the ITF Futures tournament in Idanha-a-Nova on Thursday. Cação was playing against fellow Brazilian João Monteiro, the top seed and world no.
271. In the post-match press conference, the 19-year-old explained the unusual and unfortunate reason why he could not continue the match. 'My racket escaped from my hand and all of sudden it hit Monteiro's foot,' said Cação, who had received just a warning before the final decision was taken.
'I had already understood that I would have been banned, which I accept.' The match was interrupted at 4-4 in the third set after two hours and seven minutes of play, allowing Monteiro to reach the quarter-finals.
In the quarters, Monteiro will face the seventh seed and world no. 783, Italian Erik Crepaldi. ALSO READ: Alex Corretja: 'Few players work as hard as Rafael Nadal'