VIDEO: Japanese tennis player Tatsuma Ito survives disqualification after flinging racket

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 0

Japanese tennis player Tatsuma Ito almost had himself disqualified at the Launceston Challenger in Australia.

Playing against Britain’s Jay Clarke in the third round on Thursday, Ito was visibly angry after dropping a service game in the at 5-5 in the deciding set.

The 30-year-old Japanese flung his racket in disgust as it went on to crash on to the umpire’s bay, narrowly missing two ballkids standing in the vicinity.

Had it hit anyone out there, Ito would have faced disqualification.

Wasn’t to be though, as Clarke made the most of the break by consolidating one of his own to pull off a 6-2 6-7 7-5 win over Ito to advance to the quarter-finals.

Among the recent similar cases, Andy Murray kicked a ball in chair umpire’s direction, Alexander Zverev managed to save his racket from hitting a linesjudge, and Jozef Kovalik once almost hit a ball girl.

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