French Open: Janko Tipsarevic loses plot in defeat by Mikhail Youzhny
Janko Tipsarevic launched a foul-mouthed tirade towards supporters on his way to a third-round exit at the French Open.
Last Updated: 01/06/13 6:14pm
The Serbian lost 6-4 6-4 6-3 to Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in a tense match on Court Seven but it was his actions away from play that will lead to most of the headlines.
Tipsarevic singled out two spectators who he said talked and shouted out his opponent's name every time he tossed the ball to serve.
The men were eventually ejected from the stadium after Tipsarevic had made repeated requests early in the second set to have them dealt with, but he admitted afterwards he was wrong to swear at them which could well cost him a significant fine.
"There's no excuse for my reaction. I should have talked to the referee first, but the referee told him to be quiet. Then one of the guys kept provoking me, screaming, 'Come on, Youzhny' before I tossed my balls," he said.
"The referee had them removed. I think basically the problem was that I used the F word, and that was not pretty. But on the other hand, I just snapped. That's it. It happens to everyone.
"I just snapped, because you could really see they didn't really care, what the score was or even who was playing. They just wanted to look nice and be at the French Open. They had no respect to the players in terms of being quiet or whatever.
"So at one point I was getting ready to serve at like, I think 30-15 on my serve, and one of the guys just started screaming, calling somebody to the stands."