Aussie fighter Jordan Thompson has called out a match official during a tense five-set Australian Open loss to Argentine Nicolas Kicker.
The 23-year-old voiced his displeasure at Russian chair umpire Anastasia Kosheleva’s controversial call to replay a point at a critical stage of the deciding set in his 6-3 6-1 4-6 3-6 6-3 defeat.
Up 2-0 in the final set, Thompson was searching for another break and challenged a call to get it back to deuce on Kicker’s serve.
Hawk-Eye showed the ball caught most of the line and, despite the Argentinian netting the ball, Kosheleva ordered the point be replayed.
“You guys never do your jobs, never,” Thompson yelled at Kosheleva at the change of ends.
“Tell me he was going to make the ball, tell me that.
“I’m going to get reviewed for turning up late. You should get reviewed for that.”
After digging his way out of a two-set hole, the third-ranked Aussie male eventually fell in three hours and 42 minutes.
A year ago, Thompson sprung his first home-slam upset, coming up trumps after going the distance with Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
On Tuesday, after failing to convert a single break-point chance in the first two sets, Thompson pounced at 5-4 to steal the third.
Smashing his racquet early the fourth seems to release some of the world No.99’s home-crowd jitters as he rattled off two breaks of serve to take it to a fifth.
He looked home and hosed after going up a break in the fifth, but the match slipped away after he was unable to convert six break points in an eight-game deuce at 2-all.