Thanasi Kokkinakis told the umpire he would have to “p*** on the court” during his third-round loss to Karen Khachanov. The Aussie went down in four sets and got caught out by the toilet break rules, which prevented him from using the bathroom for a second time.
Kokkinakis found himself in a tight tussle with 11th seed Khachanov on Friday as he forced a fourth set after dropping the first two. The 27-year-old was playing in the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in eight years.
The world No 108 had already survived a five-set epic against Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday. And there was some drama in his third-round clash as Kokkinakis tried to use the bathroom at the conclusion of the second set before learning he wasn’t allowed.
“Alright well I didn’t know that rule, now you’re telling me I’ve got 50 seconds,” the Australian pro said to the chair umpire Katarzyna Radwan-Cho. With no toilet close to Court Simonne-Mathieu, he asked for a second extended break as he couldn’t make it there and back during a changeover.
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Players are allowed to have two toilet breaks in a five-setter, but the match was just two sets in when he tried to take a second leave of the court. Kokkinakis’ rant turned X-rated as he added: “Can you just be realistic and [give me] something decent for once? F***ing s***. We get two for a match.
“Do you want me to p*** on the court? Is that what you want? What do you want then?” The 27-year-old then explained that the lack of toilet breaks in his five-set second-round tie had consequences.
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He added: “I’m asking to go to the toilet. I like cramped in my last match because I couldn’t, so brutal.” Kokkinakis was able to turn things around and snatch the second set but he ultimately went down in four.
Khachanov advanced to the second week with a 6-4 6-1 3-6 7-6(5) victory in three hours and 42 minutes. And the Aussie shared his disappointment after a tough loss, tweeting: “F**k.”
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