Fuming Alexander Bublik smashes THREE of his racquets on court

Fuming Alexander Bublik explodes on court in an epic meltdown, smashing THREE of his racquets as the defending champion serves up 14 double faults to fall to shock first round defeat in Montpellier

  • Alexander Bublik returned to Montpellier as tournament’s defending champion
  • Yet his serve escaped him in a first round match-up against Gregoire Barrere
  • Bublik dropped six straight points in the deciding tie-break which caused chaos 

World No 50 Alexander Bublik lost all of his composure as he smashed up three of his racquets in a stunning on-court meltdown in Montpellier. 

The 25-year-old was inconsolable after he blew a deciding set tie-break, finishing the first round match with 14 double faults. 

Bublik, who arrived in Montpellier, as the defending champion, lost the opening set 6-4 but soon rallied back to win the second on a tie-break, taking it 14-12.

Bublik felt emboldened then, saving three match points in that second set, but things would heat up when he lambasted his poor serving in the decider – taking out his anger on three of his own racquets. 

Bublik, a doubles finalist at the Australian Open back in 2021, started the deciding set tie-break off with three consecutive double faults. 

Alexander Bublik lost his cool and smashed three of his racquets up in anger in Montpellier

The tournament’s defending champion was furious at losing six straight points in a tie-break

Things got even worse when a further three double faults put his opponent, local favourite Gregoire Barrere, 6-0 up, as Bublik’s anger boiled over. 

Bublik could not contain his annoyance and his racquet in hand was destroyed with five smashes onto the court. 

He then headed for his kit bag and smashed a further two racquets before a fourth was given stay of execution as he went to finish the match.

Fans booed Bublik during his on-court meltdown.  

The inevitable was delayed three times but on the fourth match point Barrere sealed an impressive victory that asked a lot of questions of Bublik’s usually reliable serve.

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