Stan Wawrinka ranted at the umpire during his French Open defeat by Corentin Moutet, complaining that his drinking water was ‘fricking freezing’. Wawrinka returned to Roland Garros to compete in just his fourth tour-level tournament in just 15 months.
The three-time Grand Slam champion recently underwent surgery on his left foot, and was looking to continue his comeback trail at the event he won back in 2015. Things did not go to plan though, as the Swiss star was dumped out by local wildcard Moutet on Monday.
Wawrinka’s frustrations clearly got the better of him during his 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7-2) 6-3 defeat, and remarkably took it out on the umpire due to the temperature of his drinking water.
Spitting his dummy out, the Swiss star shouted at the man in charge: “It is not normal at a grand slam. Is that normal? Do you think it is normal? So you call someone. It has been three changeovers. I asked you for some water that is not fricking freezing.
“Because it is not good. You are at the French Open and you cannot get normal water! You think it is normal?” The Eurosport commentary team were quick to jump to the defence of the umpire, criticising Wawrinka whilst apologising for the three-time Grand Slam champion’s choice of language.
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Commentator Simon Reed addressed Wawrinka’s outburst, commenting: “No, it is not his problem – that is the thing, Stan. Sorry about the language, but maybe he is looking for a fight.”
Following his defeat in Paris on Monday, Wawrinka gave a damning assessment of his performance, and where his game currently stands.
He said: “I started well and it was a good first set but unfortunately it was disappointing to lose. Unfortunately this is the reality of how I play at the moment. I need training, a lot of work.
“I am playing well but not at the level for matches like that. This is the reality unfortunately of where I am. The frustration does not come from a comparison of my past level but because I know I could have done more and that some things did not go well.”
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