“Go Back to the Futures”: Stefanos Tsitsipas Slanders Chair Umpire at Monte-Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/13/2021, 10:43 PM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 13, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his second round match against Russia’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Eric Gaillard


Greek World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas is one of the most animated and lively athletes in tennis. Although he has had a good start this season, he has not converted any crucial matches. Leading on to that, he let his mouth run loose at a recent incident with the chair umpire at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2021.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas receives court violation after the chair umpire denies seeing the ball mark

Stefanos Tsitsipas and brother Petros Tsitsipas went up against Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau in the doubles second round. After a toe-to-toe battle, they went into a tie-breaker in the opening set, and that is where the undesirable incident took place.

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 13, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his second-round match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

At 1-1 in the tie-breaker, the chair umpire called the ball which the Greek brothers believed was out. Thus, the elder brother approached the chair and insisted the chair umpire come down and see the mark. The chair umpire denied his plea. Also, he explained that since they finished the in-debate point, he cannot check the ball mark.

In response, Tsitsipas said, “You are a disgrace. Go back to the futures; that is where you belong.” Hence, the 22-year-old Greek got a court violation.

Furthermore, the 2019 ATP Finals winner demanded to see the supervisor but opted to resume the heated battle soon. Eventually, the Greek brothers won the opening set tie-break and, eventually, the match 6-7 (4), 6-3, 9-11.

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What’s next for Tsitsipas at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2021?

Comparatively, Tsitsipas had a comfortable win against Russian Aslan Karatsev in their singles’ match. The Greek dominated over the Dubai Open champion with his single-handed backhand, winning the encounter 6-3, 6-4.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Monte Carlo Masters – Monte-Carlo Country Club, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France – April 13, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his second-round match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

After the match, he mentioned that it “worked out pretty well” for him. However, from here on, the path at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2021 only gets steeper and steeper.

In his next match, the 22-year-old will take on the winner between Australian John Millman or Chilean Christian Garin. While Millman knocked out the promising star Ugo Humbert, Garin failed Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Before that, the Greek brothers will play against Guido Pella and Christian Garin. Hopefully, tennis fans will witness some of the best tennis coming off the Greek’s racquet on clay and nothing else.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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