FUMING Victoria Azarenka stormed off courtroom on the French Open, claiming the freezing situations had been “ridiculous”.
The indignant Belarusian complained concerning the low temperature and drizzle whereas main 2-1 within the first set of her first-round match in opposition to Danka Kovinic from Montenegro.
Azarenka stormed off courtroom after complaining concerning the chilly on the French OpenCredit score: Rex Options
Azarenka spoke to match officers concerning the chilly and drizzle earlier than strolling off courtroomCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Azarenka, the 2020 US Open runner-up, requested the umpire to talk to the supervisor Clare Wooden however refused to sit down nonetheless for a couple of minutes and watch for official steerage on how you can proceed.
Quite than sit round within the chilly ready for a call, she zipped up her puffer jacket, packed up her stuff and walked off Courtroom Suzanne-Lenglen in a huff after 26 minutes of play.
There was nonetheless play on SEVEN different outdoors courts as she returned to the security and heat of the locker room.
Azarenka, 31, moaned: “It’s getting slippery. It has been raining for quarter-hour and we have now been taking part in out right here. The towels are all moist.
“You guys are joking, proper? You guys are joking? Don’t you see what is occurring? What are we doing right here?
“You guys aren’t taking part in, so you haven’t any concept of the situations.
“I’m right down to play no matter. You recognize, I’m not complaining right here. However that is getting just a little bit ridiculous.
“Effectively, I’m not sitting right here. I’ll get frozen. I’m not ready right here for a few minutes.
The gamers trudged again onto the courtroom, wrapped up heat, as they ready to restartCredit score: AP:Related Press
“I’m chilly, it’s eight levels. I stay in Florida. I’m used to scorching climate.
“(Kovinic) you wish to wait on courtroom? No. It’s ridiculous, it is too chilly, what’s the purpose? Sitting right here like geese.”
The gamers returned to courtroom after a 30-minute delay however No10 seed Azarenka, a two-time main winner, was removed from completely satisfied.
The Belarusian in the end stormed to a 6-1 6-2 win in simply 61 minutes.
After the win, she stated: “I am glad I’ve completed — so I can watch others battle with the situations and the rain.”
However American Jim Courier, the previous world No1, was less-than-happy with Azarenka’s behaviour.
Courier stated: “I’d like them to have a greater argument than: ‘I stay in a spot the place it’s heat.’
“To be truthful, I don’t suppose that was a very robust argument from Vika.
“I actually perceive the gamers’ trepidation about taking part in in situations they deem are unsafe.
“However the reality they’re taking part in throughout the grounds doesn’t give quite a lot of credence to their argument.”