Vasek Pospisil Apologizes for His Blast-Out During Opening Round at Miami Open 2021

Published 03/25/2021, 1:04 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP 250 – Sofia Open – Arena Armeec Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria – November 14, 2020 Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in action during the final match against Italy’s Jannik Sinner REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov


A bizarre turn of events engulfed the Vasek Pospisil and Mackenzie McDonald matchup at the Miami Open 2021. Astonishingly, at the end of the opening set, the Canadian professional called out the ATP Chairman in public.

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The incident directly shed light on the happenings of the players’ meeting that had taken place a day before, which was attended by players and ATP executives. During the proceedings, the ATP chairman apparently turned on the Canadian professional and gave him an earful regarding player unison.

Due to the formation of the Novak Djokovic and Vasek Pospisil-led Player’s Association, the ATP Player’s Council received unwanted attention. For this reason, the chairman might have said some strong words to Pospisil in Miami.

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Mar 24, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Vasek Pospisil of Canada serves against Mackenzie McDonald of the United States (not pictured) in the first round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The 30-year-old Canadian, who had been in the tennis bubble before his match, lost control of his emotions. He threw the opening set away and called the chairman a ‘f**cking a**hole’.

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Vasek Pospisil apologizes for his on-court blow out against ATP Chairman in Miami

After this incident and his eventual loss to McDonald, Vasek Pospisil issued an apology on Twitter and owned up to his misconduct.

“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,” Pospisil wrote.

Along with the apology, the Canadian professional spoke about the reason behind his outburst.

“By way of explanation, I felt deeply unnerved during a meeting between players and ATP executives last night. 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,” the Canadian concluded.

Mar 24, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Mackenzie McDonald of the United States hits a forehand against Vasek Pospisil of Canada (not pictured) in the first round of the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Clearly, a bubble life has more cons than pros; however, players are trying their best to keep the sport alive. Also, it becomes vital for the entire tennis community to work together in these tiring times.

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However, in the end, Pospisil lost in the opening round to a player who wasn’t in the Top 100 player by 3-6, 6-4, 3-6. Hopefully, the rest of the Miami Open 2021 will see more tennis and fewer outbursts.

What are your thoughts on the Vasek Pospisil incident in Miami?

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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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