Video: A tennis meltdown for the ages

http://youtube.com/watch?v=165r4mM9edc?rel=0

On Tuesday during a second round match at the Italian Open in Rome (known as the Internazionali BNL d'Italia to the natives), Viktor Troicki of Serbia was blitzed by Ernest Gulbis in the first set, 6-1 and about to lose the first game of the second set when a shot by Troicki was ruled out by the chair umpire.

That's when Troicki decided to go bonkers on the court. He argued with umpire Cedric Mourier. They both checked the mark on the clay court. Of course they disagreed where the mark was. Mourier thought it was out. Troicki thought it was in. It was at that point, Troicki played to the sparse crowd by yelling and pointing skyward, "There is no chance it’s out. From the space you can see it’s there!"

Mourier held steadfast to his argument and never lost his cool. Troicki threatened to retire and was subsequently warned. He also dragged a cameraman to show the disputed spot. It was an entertaining four minutes that was all captured on video.

Troicki went on to lose the match 6-1, 6-1, but not before entertaining the crowd with the tennis meltdown of 2013 to date. We'll keep on eye on Troicki for the rest of the season for future blowups. 

[SI.com, video courtesy of The Fan Child]

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