After a long, grueling tennis match that lasted three hours and 38 minutes, Rafael Nadal finally sealed his victory over Fernando Verdasco, earning a place in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open. Immediately after the match ended, Verdasco, who double faulted seven times, bent over and intentionally spit on the court.
Verdasco, ranked No. 21 in the world, apparently had several outbursts throughout the match as well. Chris Chase of Busted Racquet points out that Verdasco slammed his raquet in frustration and cracked the frame in the middle of the match.
Having made 59 unforced errors in a match that was ultimately decided by a tie-break, it's easy to understand Verdasco's frustration. But, spitting on the baseline? That sort of boorish, emotional behavior is not going to get him a guest pass to play at very many country clubs.
Hat tip to Busted Raquet!
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