'Disgrace to the sport': Tennis 'brat' storms off court in stunning meltdown

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Yulia Putintseva has again shown why she’s arguably the biggest hot-head in tennis.

The 25-year-old Kazakh infamously flipped off the crowd after a loss at the Australian Open in 2019 - and she’s back for more in 2020.

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Putintseva was in action against Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic at the Adelaide International on Monday when she lost the plot.

She was left fuming after losing the first set, complaining to the umpire about movement in the crowd while she was serving.

Yulia Putintseva lost the plot. Image: Channel Nine

Putintseva angrily remonstrated with the chair umpire before throwing her racquet and storming off court for a comfort break.

But it wasn’t much better when she returned, losing in straight sets 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Fans were quick to call out Putintseva over her petulant behaviour, which isn’t anything new.

Tomljanovic embraces home pressure

Tomljanovic reckons being an Australian tennis player in January is a blessing or a curse - depending on your outlook.

"You can look at it as good pressure or bad pressure," Tomljanovic said after her win on Monday.

"I choose just to see it as the best thing possible."

Tomljanovic cashed in on her wildcard status in Adelaide with a slick triumph over Putintseva, the reward a meeting with second-seeded Romanian and reigning Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.

Australia's world No.1 and top seed Ashleigh Barty, after a first-round bye, will meet Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Tuesday.

Ajla Tomljanovic celebrates after defeating Yulia Putintseva. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

The Croatian-born Tomljanovic was granted Australian citizenship two years ago, having started competing in 2014 for her adopted country.

And, she is ready to be adopted again by Australian tennis fans, both in Adelaide and at the Australian Open starting next Monday in Melbourne.

"No matter how bad you're playing, they're going to cheer for you," the 26-year-old said.

"All you have got to do is go out there and fight - just do your best really.

"They (Australians) love that fighting spirit, just to see you give it your all. That goes well with my personality."

with AAP