British player Dan Evans accused Sydney officials of being ‘scared’ and branded them a ‘f — ing embarrassment’ for the sport during his three-hour-long semi-final loss to Aslan Karatsev at the Sydney Classic last night.
Evans, who fell 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, lost his composure early in the deciding set as he went down for a break and his rival took a toilet break.
New rules on the ATP Tour allow three minutes for a toilet break and another two minutes for a change of clothes.
Evans wanted to know how much time Karatsev had spent in the bathroom and then went out to the Egyptian chair judge Adel Nour and the court supervisor due to uncertainty about Karatsev’s movements.
“It’s a f —- embarrassing embarrassment for the sport, embarrassing. F – k him,” Evans shouted before being called for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“You sit there every week and do nothing,” he added. “” Keep the same f — ing clothes! No one on this tour plays tennis without running.
“You (the presiding judge) are sitting there on your walkie-talkie, why do you have it? I want an answer. Do you have an answer? How long was he off the field? Tell me, I want to know.”
That increase in emotion seemed to help Evans as he claimed his break back to go 3-2 behind in the deciding set.
So at changing ends he continued the quarrel. “I think you’re afraid of making decisions. Every week. That’s not the rule. Five minutes to change shorts and a t-shirt? Five minutes? Good effort.”
Evans was hoping to win the clash to establish the first full British ATP singles final ever in the Open Era, with Andy Murray waiting to play the winner after a three-set victory over Reilly Opelka.
Karatsev hit 49 winners to reach his fourth ATP Tour final after jumping onto the stage at the 2021 Australian Open by becoming the first player in the Open Era to reach the semi-finals of his Grand Slam debut in the main event
“It was a tough fight against Evans,” Karatsev said. “He’s a guy who does not give you any free points at all.”
Karatsev looks set to win his third ATP title against Murray tonight.
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