Meltdown Down Under: Jerzy Janowicz Doesn't Like Line Calls
Up 9-8 in a tense first-set tiebreak against Somdev Devvarman in their second round match at the Australian Open, number 24 seed Jerzy Janowicz explodes when the chair umpire does not call Devvarman's deep baseline ball out.
They were playing on Court 8, an outer court without Shot Spot or Hawk-Eye or Mac Cam or whatever you call it. Janowicz does his best impression of a zoom lens, putting his face thisclose to the white line and the place he thought the ball landed. He also gets philosophical, asking the chair how many times she was going to make bad calls.
The Pole asks her this seven times. He also tells her it's "not fun" playing like this, when calls go against him. You don't say.
Janowicz was derided for his behavior by Tennis Channel commentator Justin Gimelstob, who said that if Jerzy wants to become a top player, he has to quit behaving so badly. I say he gets himself a banya hat, to keep the Tennis Hate at bay.
Devvarman goes on to win the tiebreak, 12-10. He takes his momentum into the second set, winning it easily. Then Devvarman goes on walkabout, winning just one game out of the next 13.
Janowicz gets to bellow again, this time, in triumph, when he wins the final set and the match, 7-5. He was ousted in straight sets in the next round by Number 10 seed Nicholas Almagro, but took the Spaniard to tiebreaks in the first two sets before lying down, 1-6, in the third.