Unseeded Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis, during his defeat in the third round of Roland Garros on Friday afternoon, was embroiled in an argument with the umpire over a second toilet break on Court Simonne-Mathieu. Kokkinakis was clearly frustrated during his four-set break defeat to the 11th seed Karen Khachanov.
Kokkinakis had already taken a toilet break after the opening set. But expressed his frustrations to the umpire for not having a bathroom nearby on Court Simonne-Mathieu. Although players are allowed to have two breaks in a five-set match, this clash lasted for three fours and 42 minutes.
“You’re telling me I’ve got 50 seconds,” Kokkinakis said to the umpire. “Can you just be realistic and [give me] something decent for once? F***g s***. We get two for a match.
“Do you want me to p*** on the floor? Is that what you want? What do you want then?”
How tennis experts reacted to the dramatic incident
Well, former British player Laura Robson backed Kokkinakis and Barbara Schett questioned why he has to go for frequent toilet breaks. Robsen said as the bathrooms on Simonne-Mathieu aren’t that close, a player needs to get there as fast as possible.
Former Swedish number 1 Mats Wilander talked about his own days, saying he doesn’t remember ever going to a bathroom even in long matches despite doing a lot of running.
Meanwhile, about Thanasi Kokkinakis’s French Open campaign, he played his first-round match by beating Dan Evans, followed by knocking out Stan Wawrinka before losing to the dangerous Karen Khachanov in the third round.
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