"Call somebody! I'm not gonna play" - Miomir Kecmanovic argues with chair umpire over seeming error in crucial moment during loss in Adelaide

Miomir Kecmanovic lashes out after controversial call
Miomir Kecmanovic lashes out after controversial call

Miomir Kecmanovic lashed out at the chair umpire when a controversial call went in favor of his opponent Jack Draper at the Adelaide International.

Kecmanovic locked horns with Jack Draper on Wednesday (January 10) following his victory over Mackenzie McDonald in the first round. The Serb had an early lead in the match, winning a tight first set 7-5. He looked on course to win the second set too but could not capitalize on two match points, as Draper fought back and won the set.

Kecmanovic was still in the driver's seat as he led 4-1 in the third set. However, he squandered his lead as the Brit took the final set to a tie-break.

The controversy erupted in the third set tie-break when the score stood at 5-5 and Draper was awarded a point after a rally. The Brit thus stood at match point.

Kecmanovic, however, believed that during one of Draper's shots, the ball passed through the net. He argued his case before the umpire but the latter was firm in her decision and did not retract it.

Kecmanovic kept voicing his opposition to the call and refused to continue the match, asking the umpire to call the match official.

"Call somebody! I am not gonna play. Call somebody right now. No I am done. Stop talking to me right now and call somebody. The ball went under the net," Kecmanovic can be heard saying in the video.

The Serb saved two match points post the controversy before faltering on the third as Draper prevailed 5-7, 7-6(9), 7-6(7) in a match that lasted 3 hours and 39 minutes. Draper thus advanced to the quarterfinals in Adelaide and will now face top seed Tommy Paul.

How has Miomir Kecmanovic fared in the season so far?

Miomir Kecmanovic at the 2023 Davis Cup
Miomir Kecmanovic at the 2023 Davis Cup

Miomir Kecmanovic started his season with a win against Taro Daniel at the Hong Kong Open, defeating him 6-3, 6-2. However, he lost to Frances Tiafoe in the second round 6-3, 7-6(4).

Kecmanovic then arrived at the Adelaide International. He eased past his first-round opponent, Mackenzie McDonald, in straight sets.

The Serb bowed out in the second round after an exhilarating match against Jack Draper, which was marred by the controversial decision going in the Brits's favor.

Miomir Kecmanovic will next play at the 2024 Australian Open, which begins on January 14.