Top 10 Tennis Controversies of The Decade – Essentially Sports

Tennis is far away from being a sport with no controversies, here are the top 10 tennis controversies of the decade –

Serena Williams’ rant at US Open 2018 – The final of the US Open in 2018 was a tennis controversy that everybody remembers  as Serena Williams lashed out at Carlos Ramos who was the umpire for that match.

She received a triple-code violation – one for coaching, one for racquet abuse and one for verbal abuse. This resulted in a point penalty and a game penalty. Serena called Carlos Ramos a ‘thief’ and ‘liar’. The entire stadium booed Carlos Ramos.

Nick Kyrgios lashes out at Umpire in Cincinnati – Headlining 2019’s tennis controversies is this incident which took place at the Cincinnati Masters where during his match against Karen Khachanov, Nick Kyrgios broke 2 rackets and verbally abused the umpire.

He was fined a $113,000 which was one of the largest fines in the history of the sport and was given a 16-week ban after an investigation by the ATP.

Novak Djokovic at Shanghai Masters – At the Shanghai Masters Jo-Wilfred Tsonga was able to secure a crucial break as the call made by line judge was late and the point was was awarded to Tsonga. This triggered an immediate rant by Novak Djokovic who was furious because he lost his serve.


Maria Sharapova doping scandal – In March 2016 it was revealed that Maria Sharapova tested positive for meldonium, a substance that had been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. This was one of the top tennis controversies at the time.

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She was suspended from playing tennis for 2 years by the ITF. On October 24, the suspension was reduced to 15 months and she resumed playing at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on April 26th, 2017.

Dominic Thiem accuses Serena Williams of Showing “Bad Personality” – At the 2019 French Open Serena Williams wanted to finish her press conference after her surprising third-round loss.

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Dominic Thiem was told to end his conference to make way for her which caused him to lash out. “Every player has to wait. It shows a bad personality, in my opinion,” said Thiem .

Rafael Nadal Demands that Carlos Bernardes never officiate his matches – At the Rio Open in 2015 Carlos Bernardes made Rafael Nadal change his shorts in front of 7000 people in order to save time.

This stirred up a huge controversy with Nadal demanding that Carlos Bernardes never officiate his Matches.

Nick Kyrgios at Shanghai 2017 – During Nick Kyrgios’ match against Steve Johnson he smashed two balls angrily into the crowd which was followed by a point penalty.

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He was heard saying that if he didn’t win the first set he would retire from the math. He lost the set and retired. He was stripped of his match fee and fined $10000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. This was one of 2017’s top tennis controversies.

 Nick Kyrgios throws chair at the Italian Open – Nick Kyrgios makes his way into this list of top tennis controversies for the third time. This time for chair-throwing.

He was given a game penalty in his second-round clash at the 2019 Italian Open which led him to smash his racket, boot a water bottle and throw a wooden chair across the court. He then stormed off the court with his opponent Casper Ruud leading 6-3 6-7 2-1.

Daniil Medvedev questions the impartiality of umpire – Back in 2016 when Daniil Medevedev was ranked 260 he was playing Donald Young at the Savannah Challenger.

Medvedev was down 3-1 when the umpire called his friend. In his anger, he told the umpire and his opponent were ‘friends’ implying they were from the same race. This led to him being disqualified from the tournament.

Nick Kyrgios Sledged Stan Wawrinka at Rogers Cup 2016 – 

During the second round tie in Canada, Kyrgios addressed Wawrinka, “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that mate.” The words were picked up on the on-court microphone. At that time, Wawrinka was dating the tennis player, Donna Vekic. Later, he apologized for the remarks on social media and he slapped with a fine of $10,000 for the same.



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