Former champion Andy Roddick crashed out of the US Open after ranting at a line judge who called a foot fault against him.
Roddick was serving at 5-2 down in the third set of his second-round match with Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic when a line judge called the fault on what would have been an ace.
The ninth seed appeared to ask the female official if it was his right foot which caused the fault and was told it was, when in fact it was his left foot which touched the line.
“Not once in my career has my right foot gone in front of my left foot, never. That is unbelievable,” Roddick complained, “Why don’t you get some umpires who know what they are doing?”
The 28-year-old’s tirade went on for some time, although he stopped short of the infamous foul-mouthed outburst by Serena Williams which occurred during last year’s semi-final with Kim Clijsters.
However, he did tell umpire Enrique Molina “I think you and I both know that’s ridiculous,” as he left the court to change his shorts after the fourth set.
Tipsarevic won that set 6-3 and went on to seal a 3-6 7-5 6-3 7-6 (7/4) victory to book his place in the third round.
Roddick admitted he had gone “too far” with his tirade, however, he refused to blame the incident on his defeat, which came just two days after he celebrated his 28th birthday with a comfortable victory in the first round.
Tipsarevic, 80/1 to emerge victorious at Flushing Meadows, will clash with Gael Monfils, also 80/1, in the third round, although neither is likely to trouble Roger Federer in the bottom half of the draw.
Mardy Fish is 1/12 to beat Pablo Cuevas today and is America’s best hope of a home victory. See the full US Open tennis betting market here.