Disqualification (tennis)

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Disqualifications in tennis can occur for unsporting conduct.

ATP rules state that:

Players shall not at any time physically abuse any official, opponent, spectator or other person within the precincts of the tournament site. For purposes of this rule, physical abuse is the unauthorized touching of an official, opponent, and spectator or other person.[1]

Disqualified playersEdit

This is a list of code violations that resulted in a player or doubles team being disqualified from the tournament.

ATP TourEdit

Tournament Player(s) Opponent(s) Reason
1976 Indian Wells, USA Ilie Năstase Roscoe Tanner Defaulted for leaving the court.[2]
1988 Cincinnati Open, USA Andrés Gómez Carl Limberger Two audible obscenities, hitting the court microphone and smashing his racket against the court.[3]
1990 Australian Open, Australia John McEnroe Mikael Pernfors Three consecutive code violations. Received a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct after intimidating a lineswoman, a second warning for racquet abuse, and was disqualified after verbally abusing the chair umpire Gerry Armstrong.[4]
1995 French Open, France Carsten Arriens Brett Steven Hitting a linesman with a thrown racket.[5]
1995 Wimbledon, UK Tim Henman / Jeremy Bates Jeff Tarango / Henrik Holm Both were disqualified after Henman hit a ball girl with a ball.[6]
1995 Wimbledon, UK Jeff Tarango Alexander Mronz Telling spectators to "shut up" earned a violation, and a second one after he called the chair umpire the "most corrupt official in the game" before walking off the court. Tarango was fined 28,000 pounds and banned from the tournament the following year[7]
1995 US Open, USA Shuzo Matsuoka Petr Korda Delay of play after collapsing from severe cramping in his thighs. He was not allowed to receive medical attention without forfeiting the match under the rules at the time. The incident led to a change in the rules of professional tennis to allow players to receive medical treatment during matches.[8][9]
1996 Atlanta Open, USA Andre Agassi Daniel Nestor Ball abuse and verbal abuse.[10]
1997 Miami Open, USA Mariano Zabaleta Adrian Voinea Disqualified over hitting a line judge with a ball.[11][12]
2000 French Open, France Stefan Koubek Attila Sávolt Hitting a ball boy.
2000 Los Angeles Open, USA Marcelo Ríos Gouichi Motomura Swearing at the chair umpire. Subsequently fined US$5,000.[13]
2005 Miami Open, USA Xavier Malisse David Ferrer Aggravated behaviour (Hitting a line judge and insulting her).[14][15]
2007 Open de Moselle, France Stefan Koubek (2) Sébastien Grosjean Directing abusive language towards the tournament supervisor while disputing a call.[16]
2012 Queen's Club Championships, UK David Nalbandian Marin Čilić Injuring an official after kicking an advertising board.
2016 Savannah Challenger, USA Daniil Medvedev Donald Young Disqualified over 'question[ing] the impartiality of the umpire based on her race,' the US Tennis Association said.[17]
2017 Davis Cup World Group, Canada Denis Shapovalov Kyle Edmund Hitting the chair umpire with a ball hit in anger.[18]
2017 US Open, USA Fabio Fognini Stefano Travaglia Fine: $24,000/$96,000; verbal abuse to Chair Umpire. Defaulted from doubles match.[19][20]
2018 Swiss Open, Switzerland Yann Marti Adrian Bodmer Pointing racquet at Severin Lüthi and saying to him: "You can put that in your butt."[21]
2019 Italian Open, Italy Nick Kyrgios Casper Ruud Multiple offenses throughout the match, including ball abuse, offensive language directed at spectators, racket slamming, and tossing a chair onto the court; because of the default, Kyrgios was fined €33,635 plus the cost of his hotel accommodation and lost all ATP points earned for the tournament.[22]
2020 US Open, USA Novak Djokovic Pablo Carreño Busta Hitting a line judge with a ball hit in anger.[23]
2021 Barcelona Open, Spain Fabio Fognini Bernabé Zapata Miralles Alleged "Verbal obscenity" against a line judge.[24]
2022 Adelaide International, Australia Corentin Moutet Laslo Đere Verbal obscenity against the chair umpire.[25]

WTA TourEdit

Tournament Player Opponent Reason
1996 Palermo Ladies Open, Italy Irina Spîrlea Stephanie Devillé Abusive language directed at an official.[26]
2007 Cincinnati Masters, USA Anastasia Rodionova Angelique Kerber Hitting a ball at spectators cheering Kerber[27]

See alsoEdit


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