Tennis just like any other sport, although known for its class and calm demeanour, is not short of players and moments that have or who have created controversies. Today we take a look at some of the controversial players and moments that caught our attention over the past year.
5. Wimbledon bizarre controversies
Wimbledon 2016 was complete with drama, as officials were kept busy on both ends, handing out hefty fines and issuing warnings to several players for violation of conduct on court. Serena Williams threatened to sue the on court referee Andrew Jarrett, for not closing the roof during a slight drizzle during her match, that made the grass slippery. Similar scenario prevailed with Gilles Simon threatening to sue Wimbledon authorities if he got hurt while playing in wet conditions. Pablo Cuevas was refused a toilet break during a doubles match on court no 7, which led to a sit-in by both him and his partner, despite being triple match point down. They were handed two code violations, the second for smashing the ball out of the court. What made the incident further bizarre, was an eye witness who suggested that Pablo urinated in a can on court after being denied the toilet break. The allegations were denied and confirmed by cameras to not have happened. Heather Watson was given a record fine of 9000 euros after she jammed her racket into the ground, during her loss to Annika Beck. Nick Kyrgios and Eugenie Bouchard were among the others to receive hefty fines for unsportsmanlike conduct on court.