Serbia’s Viktor Troicki blasted an umpire as an “idiot” and lambasted him for being “the worst in the world” at Wimbledon.(AP File Photo)
Serbia’s Viktor Troicki blasted an umpire as an “idiot” and lambasted him for being “the worst in the world” at Wimbledon.(AP File Photo)

‘You’re an idiot, worst in world’: Troicki tells umpire in Wimbledon rant

Serbia’s Viktor Troicki launched a vintage tennis rant at Wimbledon on Thursday, blasting an umpire as an “idiot” and lambasting him for being “the worst in the world”.
By AFP, London
UPDATED ON JUL 01, 2016 09:49 AM IST

Serbia’s Viktor Troicki launched a vintage tennis rant at Wimbledon on Thursday, blasting an umpire as an “idiot” and lambasting him for being “the worst in the world”.

Fiery Troicki, the 25th seed, slumped to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 defeat to Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas after slipping to match point down on a controversial over-rule by umpire Damiano Torella.

A serve from the Spaniard had been called out but the decision was corrected, making it an ace.

Troicki was furious, carrying the ball back to the chair on Court 17, telling the official to “look at it”.

“No white, look at it!” shouted Troicki, as he pleaded with the official to look for chalk dust.

“Come on please, look at it, once, once! Look at it.”

“You’re the worst umpire in the world, you’re so bad,” screamed Troicki, who received a code violation for his behaviour after smashing the ball in question out of the court.

He lost the match on the next point but continued his rant as Torella climbed down from his perch.

“You’re horrible, you know what you did. You are the worst ever, you’re an idiot,” he said.

“You didn’t see anything in the match. You made about 30 mistakes for him and for me.”

“What are you doing?” Troicki repeated at least six times before screaming “bullshit” as he stormed off court.

Troicki faces a fine of around £5,000 ($6,600) for his outburst but he later insisted that Torella should also be penalised.

The Serb believes the Italian lacked the necessary experience to officiate on a court where there is no Hawk-Eye replay technology.

“He should be the one who is fined, he cost me,” Troicki told reporters.

“I’m not saying he cost me the match but he cost me an important point.”

“I behaved well. I didn’t do anything until that moment.”

“He’s doing such a match and I’ve never seen him in my whole career. That’s just crazy.

“I spoke to the referee after the match and I think it shouldn’t happen that such a chair umpire can be on the singles court with the men’s on grass, where there is no Hawk-Eye.”

“He’s not able to do a proper job, so I told him that. I was just boiling at that stage. I just couldn’t talk normally.”

Troicki found a supporter in controversial Australian star Nick Kyrgios who is no stranger to fall outs with officials.

He tweeted late Thursday: “I feel you @troicki_viktor - fkn joke.”

Troicki’s outburst recalled famous meltdowns from previous Wimbledons.

As well as John McEnroe’s widely-parodied “you cannot be serious” bombardment, the All England Club famously witnessed a Jeff Tarango rant in 1995.

The American described umpire Bruno Rebeuh as the “most corrupt official in the world” and refused to play on until the supervisor was called.

He eventually defaulted but the drama was to continue when Tarango’s wife slapped Rebeuh in the face.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
World No. 1-ranked Ash Barty: File Photo(AP)
World No. 1-ranked Ash Barty: File Photo(AP)

World No.1 Barty joins elite field for Adelaide exhibition

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 02:33 PM IST
U.S. Open winners Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka and women's No. 2 Simona Halep will be part of the eight-player field, which also includes 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner.
Close
Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action(REUTERS)

Top-ranked Ash Barty to make return in Adelaide exhibition

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 08:53 AM IST
The world No. 1-ranked Barty on Thursday said she'll play in a one-day exhibition event in Adelaide on Jan. 29 which includes Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep.
Close
A general view of Australian Open flags in Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders(REUTERS)
A general view of Australian Open flags in Melbourne, Australia, January 20, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders(REUTERS)

Don't feed the mice, minister tells quarantined players

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 01:19 PM IST
The Kazak swapped rooms earlier this week after finding a mouse but said her new room was also infested. She shared a video of a mouse jumping out from behind a closet on social media.
Close
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)

Two more Australian Open players test positive for COVID-19

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 07:52 AM IST
A total of 10 people associated with the Grand Slam, including four players, have now tested positive for the virus.
Close
File photo of Indian tennis star Sania Mirza(HT Sports)
File photo of Indian tennis star Sania Mirza(HT Sports)

Sania Mirza reveals she had contracted coronavirus

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:10 PM IST
Sania revealed that staying away from her two-year-old child was the toughest thing she faced after testing positive for Covid-19. She also said that the virus is no joke and everyone should take every precaution possible.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)

Two Australian Open players test positive for coronavirus: officials

AFP, Sydney
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:47 AM IST
The Victoria state health department said a total of nine people have tested positive while in quarantine ahead of the event in Melbourne, but two cases were deemed to be historical infections on Tuesday.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo(REUTERS)

Australian Open boss says 'vast majority' of players back hard quarantine

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 11:16 AM IST
More than 70 players and their entourage are confined to their hotel rooms for 14 days and unable to train for the Feb. 8-21 Australian Open after passengers on three charter flights returned positive tests for the novel coronavirus.
Close
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 3, 2020 Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in action during his third round match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 3, 2020 Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in action during his third round match against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)

Bautista Agut says hotel quarantine like jail with Wifi

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:05 AM IST
A number of top players, including world number one Novak Djokovic, have questioned the need for mandatory hotel quarantine but Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said it was essential to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Close
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter//File Photo(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. Tennis balls are pictured in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter//File Photo(REUTERS)

3 more COVID-19 cases linked to Australian Open arrivals

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:22 AM IST
There are 72 players now in hard quarantine and unable to practice because of nine active coronavirus cases — an increase in three — among the incoming travelers to Melbourne.
Close
File image of Rohan Bopanna.(File)
File image of Rohan Bopanna.(File)

Bopanna stuck in Australian Open quarantine, Gabba Test a solace

By Rutvick Mehta
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 04:25 AM IST
First, India’s top-ranked doubles player learnt that his coach Scott Davidoff had to be quarantined as he was in the Los Angeles flight from which two positive cases came to light on Saturday.
Close
File image of Davis Cup.(Twitter/Davis Cup)
File image of Davis Cup.(Twitter/Davis Cup)

Davis Cup Finals up to 11 days in 2021, could be in 3 cities

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:30 PM IST
The ITF announced Monday that the international men's tennis team event will run from Nov. 25 to Dec. 5, with 18 countries participating in six groups of three.
Close
The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park(Getty Images)
The giant Australian Open logo is seen full of tennis balls ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park(Getty Images)

Tennis players getting on with life in Australia

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:38 PM IST
Angelique Kerber, who won the Australian Open in 2016, spent her birthday in quarantine on Monday. At times in the past, she's spent the day playing or preparing for matches in the later stages of the tournament.
Close
Serbia's Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic(REUTERS)

Groth slams 'selfish' Djokovic after quarantine 'demands'

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:27 PM IST
A Spanish tennis website reported that Djokovic wrote to Tennis Australia boss Craig Tiley with a list of "demands", asking for reduced isolation periods.
Close
Tennis players taking part in the Australian Open are escorted to their training session in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2021. (REUTERS)
Tennis players taking part in the Australian Open are escorted to their training session in Melbourne, Australia, January 18, 2021. (REUTERS)

Australian Open: Players get creative to handle lockdown boredom

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 11:16 AM IST
Other players who arrived on different flights are also undertaking a mandatory quarantine but are permitted to leave their hotel rooms for five hours a day to train.
Close
Japan's Naomi Osaka arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne.(AP)
Japan's Naomi Osaka arrives at Adelaide Airport ahead of the Australian Open tennis championship, Adelaide. Arriving players will serve a 14-day quarantine period ahead of the first Grand slam tennis tournament that is set to get underway on February 8 in Melbourne.(AP)

72 tennis players in lockdown after virus cases on flights

AP
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 07:01 AM IST
  • That means they won't be allowed to leave their hotel rooms or practice for 14 days, creating a two-speed preparation period for the tournament. Other players in less rigorous quarantine will be allowed to practice for five hours daily.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP