Swedish tennis pro Mikael Ymer was ejected from the Lyon Open on Wednesday for breaking his racket against the umpire’s chair.
Ymer requested that umpire Rogerio Santos inspect a ball mark on the clay during his round of 16 match against France’s Arthur Fils. This request was made before the incident occurred.
Santos claimed to have witnessed the ball bouncing on the line and therefore did not feel the need to check for a mark on the court, as is typically done by umpires on clay surfaces. However, Ymer was insistent that the ball had gone out.
Ymer asked Santos why he wasn’t checking the mark given to him, stating that he had never seen a referee refuse to do so.
After Fils broke Ymer’s serve, he took the lead 6-5. In frustration, the player, ranked 53rd in the world, forcefully smashed his racket twice into the umpire’s chair, causing the racket head to detach from the handle on the second hit.
An official of the tournament informed Ymer of his disqualification. The 24-year-old proceeded to congratulate Fils, who will be competing against top seed Félix Auger Aliassime in the following round.
Last year at the Mexican Open, player Alexander Zverev was involved in a similar incident.
Zverev was given a suspended ban of eight weeks and was fined $25,000 for continuously striking the umpire’s chair with his racket in a doubles match during the first round.
During the event, he was removed from the singles tournament, penalized $40,000 and forced to give up the $31,570 in prize money he had earned so far, along with all ATP Rankings points earned at the event.
CNN has reached out to the ATP Tour about Ymer’s disqualification from the Lyon Open.
Issy Ronald from CNN contributed to the report.