Viktor Troicki launched one of the most extraordinary rants heard at Wimbledon with a sustained volley of abuse at umpire Damiano Torella.
The Serbian blew his top at the Italian chair umpire for overruling a line call that led to match point in his five-set defeat to Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round.
Troicki could now face a fine in excess of £5,000, especially after remaining unrepentant: the world No 27 insisted Torella should face a fine, branding the umpire too inexperienced to officiate on a court lacking Hawk-Eye technology.
Troicki lost his cool, screaming twice on Court 17, before imploring Torella to look at the ball, that he claimed had no chalk residue, in his mind proving Ramos-Vinolas’s shot was long.
Branding Torella “the worst ever umpire in the world”, Troicki then surrendered the match on the next point, before resuming his extreme tantrum.
After bellowing “What are you doing?” six times, Troicki exclaimed “Bull****”” and told the umpire: “You’re horrible” before storming off court.
Ramos-Vinolas had kept his cool despite Troicki’s petulance, to prevail 3-6 6-3 6-3 2-6 6-3 and progress into the third round.
“He should be the one who is fined, he cost me,” Troicki said. “I behaved well. I didn’t do anything until that moment.”
British No 1 Johanna Konta fell victim to an excellent display from Eugenie Bouchard to crash out in the second round.
Bouchard has struggled to reproduce the form that saw her reach the final at SW19 in 2014, but the Canadian looked somewhere near her best again on Centre Court, sealing an impressive 6-3 1-6 6-1 victory.
It means Konta is yet to make round three at the All England Club while Bouchard goes through to meet Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova, a finalist at Eastbourne earlier this month.
Beverley’s Kyle Edmund has been included in Great Britain’s seven-strong Rio Olympics squad.
Andy Murray will defend the gold medal he won in singles in London and will also compete with brother Jamie in doubles.