WATCH: Alexander Bublik smashes three tennis rackets in epic meltdown at Open Sud de France
Alexander Bublik, the 50th ranked man in the world, crashed three rackets in a moment of disappointment in the first round of the Open Sud de France on Wednesday. He came as defending champion but left the club early this year, losing to French rival Grégoire Barrere 4-6, 7-6 (14-12) 6-7 (3-7).
Barrere took the first set 6-4, but Bublik tried to bounce back in the second. This set went to a tie-break and did not stop until Bublik came out on top with a score of 14-12. A tie-break was also required in the third set, and Bublik couldn’t hide his emotions as his opponent took a 6-0 lead. He hit the racket five times, and the crowd booed loudly.
TV presenter Sue Turl said it was good that he had other rackets, but Bagel had other plans for them. He went to his bench to get another racket and hit it four times.
Two rackets is the same number as world number 20 Nick Kyrgios, known in tennis for his bad behavior, destroyed. during last year’s US Open. However, Bublik was not finished yet, because he took the third one and also hit him four times.
“Well, it’s getting out of hand now,” TV presenter Mikey Perera said.
The 25-year-old grabbed the fourth racket, but it survived as he was finally ready to return to the court and finish the match. Here is a video of the donut melting:
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Bublik ended the day with 19 aces and 14 double faults. So far this year hasn’t been a good one for him as Wednesday’s defeat has dropped him to 0:7 in 2023.