Aussie tennis gun John Millman often lets his tennis do the talking, but he found himself fuming after the state of the court caused him to take a tumble.
Millman found himself at odds at the Brisbane court when he screamed at the officials to check the sand near the baseline after he slipped over.
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Millman, who was filling in for Alex de Minaur, found himself a break down in the first set against Michail Pervolarakis of Greece at the ATP Cup.
But something was clearly bothering Millman during the rallies and could be heard telling Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt there was sand on the Brisbane court.
But Millman lost his cool during the change of plays when he slipped chasing the ball and he made sure he let the officials know.
“There’s sand there, there’s f***ing sand there,” he could be heard saying, as the cameras showed some sand near the baseline.
Millman struggled to recover and lost the first set 6-4 to the World No.486.
"There's sand there, there's f***ing sand there"— James McKern (@jLmcKern) January 7, 2020
John Millman not happy with the court in Brisbane #ATPCup
Something's definitely upset the normally unflappable Millman tonight and I think it's more than the surface. Was he expecting play?#ATPCup— Capital Dragon (@michaeljf69) January 7, 2020
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