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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, May 9, 2013
MADRID---Victoria Azarenka lost her temper, broke
her racket and argued with the chair umpire in an
inglorious exit yesterday from the Madrid Open, where
she s been runner-up the last two years.
Losing to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 1--6, 6--2, 6--3
in the second round ended Azarenka's 18-match winning
streak to start the season.
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal spoiled Benoit Paire's 24th
birthday by sweeping past the Frenchman 6--3, 6--4.
Azarenka berated umpire Mariana Alves after picking
up a second code violation for smashing her racket in
the third set.
"After all you've done, how are you still in the game?"
the third-seeded Azarenka shouted at the official while
Azarenka said she felt confused by some refereeing
"I didn't understand what happened, what I did," she
said. "I was very sure that I didn't have a code violation,
that's why I broke my racket."
The Belarusian double-faulted five times and made
only just over half of her first serves, compared to a 60
per cent first-serve accuracy for Makarova, who earned
her first career win over a top-three player.
"I played more against myself, trying to prove to myself
certain things, more than I was focusing on my opponent,"
Azarenka, the Australian Open champ who missed
Indian Wells and Key Biscayne in March due to an ankle
injury, said she still felt rusty but was happy there was
still one clay tournament---Rome---before Roland Gar-
"I have been making mistakes," she said. "But that's
what comes after not playing for a long time. I still have
another tournament before the French Open to compete
in."Nadal landed nearly 80 per cent of his first serves and
athletically recovered some seemingly apparent winners
in a match which Paire stretched to nearly 90 minutes.
"It was a tough game as he is an awkward opponent
because he doesn't allow you to build up a rhythm,"
"I had a difficult time with the break point in the
second set, I don't know how I saved it...by miracle, I
The fifth-ranked Nadal's hopes of returning to the
top four in time for the French Open were boosted by
Novak Djokovic's surprise loss to Grigor Dimitrov of
Bulgaria on Tuesday.
"Novak has had a fantastic year but played against
a very young player who has been doing very well, and
against whom I, too, was about to lose in Monte Carlo,"
Nadal said. "With this level of tennis you can depart at
any time in a tournament."
Sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic
beat Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 6--7 (3) 6--3, 6--2 and
Kei Nishikori of Japan downed Viktor Troicki of
Serbia 7--5, 6--2.
Azarenka loses cool in
Madrid, Nadal rolls on
authorities have rushed to ensure
Bernard Tomic receives support
ahead of the French Open after
his father and coach was sus-
pended from ATP events pending
an investigation into allegations
John Tomic was charged with
assault after allegedly head-butting
Bernard's hitting partner, Thomas
Drouet, on Saturday outside a
Madrid hotel. The case will be
heard by a Spanish court on May
18 and the ATP on Tuesday sus-
pended John from all ATP events
in the interim.
"From our perspective now, it's
about knowing that we have to do
what we can for Bernard for the
upcoming events," Tennis Australia
head of professional tennis Todd
Woodbridge told The Associated
Woodbridge said Australia Davis
Cup coach Josh Eagle has been in
contact with the 20-year-old Tomic
in Madrid, where he lost in the first
round, and will be with him at the
Rome Masters next week. Wood-
bridge and Australia Cup captain
Pat Rafter, a two-time US Open
champion and two-time Wimble-
don finalist, will be in Paris to sup-
port Tomic later in the month.
"We're comfortable right now
that Bernard has a lot of good sup-
port, which he'll need," he said.
Woodbridge said with Tomic
entering one of the most crucial
periods of the professional tennis
calendar---with the French Open
starting May 26, followed by Wim-
bledon from June 24---his focus
had to be on his game, not his
father's off-court situation.
"This is nothing to do with
Bernard. This is John (Tomic's)
issue that has to be dealt with,"
he said. "But obviously we've to
get him focused on playing tennis
over the next couple of months
and put this aside.
"We want him to, I suppose,
find some sanctuary on the court."
Drouet said in an interview pub-
lished in Tuesday's issue of French
sports daily L'Equipe that the inci-
dent in Madrid stemmed from an
earlier altercation at Nice airport.
The Monaco resident described
the alleged incident at the Madrid
hotel, saying John Tomic led him
to an isolated place to talk before
spitting in his face.
"I think he was waiting for me
to hit first," he said. "I didn't move.
And then, he gave me a big head-
butt. I collapsed. I called one time
for help, I was a bit convulsed and
I lost consciousness."
John Tomic has claimed he was
acting in self-defence.
Bernard Tomic, who lost in
straight sets to Radek Stepanek on
Sunday, reportedly said he had
been with his physical trainer at
the time of the incident and had
seen or heard nothing.
Drouet also claimed John Tomic
has assaulted Bernard in the past.
Tomic to get help after father's ban
Victoria Azarenka from Belarus
returns the ball during the
match against Ekaterina
Makarova from Russia at the
Madrid Open tennis tournament,
in Madrid, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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