Mikael Ymer disqualified from the Lyon Open© Twitter
Tennis fans around the world witnessed a bizarre incident on Wednesday after Sweden’s Mikael Ymer broke his racket in the referee’s chair following an argument over a line call. The incident took place during the Lyon Open match between Ymer and Frenchman Arthur Fils. As a result, Ymer was disqualified from the last 16 of the ATP 250 event. The number 53 player argued with the referee and said that he did not get up to check if the ball bounced inside the line, which earned the Swede a point. The referee had declared that he saw the ball bouncing inside the line.
“Why aren’t you checking the brand? Are you telling me you’re not even going to go down and check the brand? I’ve never witnessed a referee say, ‘I’m not going to go down and check the mark.’ It doesn’t happen,” Ymer said.
This is shameful behavior by Mikael Ymer, who is justly disqualified from the match in Lyon.
You can expect a hefty fine and (per Zverev precedent) a suspended ban.pic.twitter.com/r1Tp87IlNA
—James Gray (@jamesgraysport) May 24, 2023
After the brief discussion, Ymer continued play, but as the first set went to Fils 6-5, the Swede lost his cool and broke his racket on the referee’s chair and threw the handle onto the court.
The whole matter was discussed between the referees and the officials, and the decision was made that Ymer has been disqualified from the Lyon Open. Due to this result, Fils agreed to the quarterfinals of the tournament and will face Felix Auger-Aliassime.
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