Things got pretty tense on the court as Cuevas threatened to abandon the match in protest against an umpiring decision. In fact, he got very angry with the chair umpire.
However, better sense prevailed as he was convinced to continue by his Georgian counterpart. That did not end the episode. Cuevas had more tricks up his sleeve upon his return.
What Made Pablo Cuevas So Angry At ATP Cup 2020?
Cuevas was down 5-4 and 40-0. In a bizarre turn of events, the umpire decided to warn Cuevas for ‘lack of effort’. An enraged Cuevas decided to leave the match.
His team mates tried to convince him. However, he finally agreed to his opponent’s request and continued the match.
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Upon his return, Cuevas decided to fulfill the wishes of the umpire and showed off his adrenaline rush. He assured the umpire that he was playing the game with “more attitude than ever” and that he was putting “more desire than any other party.”
The Urugvayan jumped vigorously on the court and ran around to receive the serve.
Not The First Dramatic Incidence At ATP Cup 2020
The ATP cup 2020 has not been without its share of dramas. Amidst some good tennis, players have found themselves unable to keep their emotions in check.
Alexander Zverev had a breakown on the court as he hit one double fault after another. While fellow young gun Stefanos Tsitsipas hit his father with his racquet as he was being defeated by an inspired Nick Kyrgios.
Even the Serbian great Novak Djokovic faced problems with his temper. In his bout against Kevin Anderson, the Serb got frustrated with the fans of his own country for distracting him.
How Did The Tie Play Out?
Cuevas was defeated by Basilashvili by a margin of 6-4. 1-6, 6-4.
Uruguay also suffered a defeat at the hands of Georgia to end a below average ATP cup for the South American team.