The world #7 ranked player Tomas Berdych puts on his little girl panties after getting hit in the arm during his round of 16 match against Nicholas Almagro. Berdych went on to win the match 4-6, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6 on Hisense Areana, but refused to shake his opponents hand.
Berdych’s outrage at the shot is a bit baffling since he set Almagro up for that shot. The crowd responded to the Berdych temper tantrum by booing him until he left the court.
Berdych was still unapologetic in his press conference:
“What happened from Nico was not what should be happening in tennis,” he said. “Maybe we both made a mistake, so it’s even and that’s it.”
“Whoever has played tennis knows the court is pretty big and you always have space to put the ball in,” he said. “And even if you stand just three or four metres from a guy you don’t have to try to hit it straight at the face.”
Time to put your “big girl panties” on Berdych, for goodness sake you had a racquet with a 100 square inch head size!