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Since I’ve been getting into all sorts of fun and shenanigans over at TennisGrandstand during the Australian Open fortnight, I’ve been neglecting my usual duties. Namely, being snarky and obnoxious in response to players being snarky and obnoxious.
The Jerzy Janowicz hype train pulled into Melbourne, as the Pole entered his first Grand Slam as a seeded player this fortnight. Janowicz’s run to the finals of the Masters 1000 series event in Paris was one of the stories of the end of the 2012 season but I’m not completely sold on him.
This might be why.
Q. Have you gone as nuts as that in a match before?JERZY JANOWICZ: Yeah (smiling).Q. Have you hit the umpire’s chair before?JERZY JANOWICZ: Maybe (smiling).
He faced off in the second round against Somdev Devvarman on Court 8; although Court 8 is a TV court, it doesn’t have Hawkeye installed.
Largely uninteresting at the start, the pair traded breaks and ended up in a tiebreak mostly because of Janowicz’s deluge of unforced errors. That’s when things got weird.
What followed was one of the most ridiculous and unnecessary displays I’ve ever seen. Oh, and Janowicz had a total freakout.
Devvarman raced out to a 5-1* lead in the tiebreak, but the Pole would win five points in a row to take a 6-5* lead. Each player would have multiple set points until Devvarman found himself serving at 9-8* down in the breaker. Behind a second serve, Devvarman hit a forehand down the line which is called in. I don’t speak Polish, but I’d imagine Janowicz to be lamenting about [Mean Girls reference] being personally victimized by the officials. [/Mean Girls reference]
In case you haven’t seen it, and god knows who hasn’t following the Australian Open’s shameless self-promotion of the entire incident, behold.
Peak Marija Cicak slaying as usual. Her IDGAF attitude during Janowicz’s meltdown is hilarious. Even when he hit her chair. For the record, Cicak also ignored a much more polite rant from Devvarman earlier in the set. You dun mess.
Despite the hype train being derailed by the Hot Mess Express, Janowicz would rally to win in five sets, 67(10) 36 61 60 75.
HOW MANY TIMES?! ….. has he done this? Never, apparently.
Q. Have you come back down 2 Love before?JERZY JANOWICZ: No, this is my first time.