Dan Evans goes into MELTDOWN as he calls officials in Sydney a ‘f***ing DAMAGE to the sport’ over Aslan Karatsev’s five-minute bathroom break – with Andy Murray to meet the Russian in Saturday’s final
- World No. 20 Aslan Karatsev defeated Briton Dan Evans 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in Sydney
- In a three-hour epic, events were dominated by a meltdown of Britain’s No. 2
- Evans was furious with Karatsev who took a five-minute toilet break after set two
- Furious at the referee and the supervisor, he was summoned for unsportsmanlike conduct
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Dan Evans unleashed a furious rant accusing officials of being ‘afraid’ and a ‘f***ing embarrassment’ to the sport when he lost a three-hour epic in the semi-finals of the Sydney Classic.
Britain’s No. 2 Evans lost control of his emotions early in the third set as he wondered how much time Aslan Karatsev could take for a bathroom break.
New rules on the ATP Tour allow three minutes for a toilet break and another two minutes for changing, which Karatsev opted for after being tied in a tense tiebreaker in the second set.
Evans, who lost 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, was furious and expressed his anger at the chair umpire and the court supervisor over what he believed to be malpractice.
“It’s a disgrace to the sport, embarrassing. F**k him,” Evans yelled, before being called out for unsportsmanlike conduct.
He then chose to direct his anger at Karatsev’s coffin, saying, “Even you asked where he is!”
Evans was unappealing and he remained furious, adding, “You sit there every week and do nothing.
‘Keep the same damn clothes! No one on this tour plays tennis without running.
“You (seat umpire) sitting there on your walkie-talkie, why do you have that? I want an answer. Do you have an answer? How long was he off court? Tell me I want to know.’
Evans was recalled to court and, at risk of default, successfully reclaimed his break to trail 3-2 in the deciding set.
When there was a change of end, taking him away from the supervisor, he continued: “I think you’re afraid to make decisions. Every week. That’s not the rule. Five minutes to change his shorts and t-shirt “Five minutes? Good try.”
Evans went under the light in Sydney, knowing there was the prospect of a first-ever all-British ATP final in the Open Era, after seeing Andy Murray win his spot after a three-set win over Reilly Opelka.
But Karatsev, the top tier in Sydney, played imperious tennis and it was he who started impressively.
The Russian raced to a 5-1 lead, with Evans screaming ‘f***ing hell, c**t’, unclear whether it was aimed at himself or his opponent.
Evans had to struggle to make this a game and the Brit roared back into the game to convert a fourth break point with a pin-point backhand winner down the line.
His resistance, which saw him hold out 3-5, was short-lived as Karatsev, who looked in a league of his own in the first set, served it within six games of the final.
The second set will be one for the ages in 2022, even though it’s only January.
Over the course of 84 minutes, Evans saved three match points and needed six set points of his own to level it up.
The sixth came at 14-13 in the tiebreak and Karatsev’s defensive return was penalized – it was a stunning time for Evans to show his deadly drives.
More to follow.