Mirra Andreeva divides tennis world after 'absurd' Wimbledon exit

The 16-year-old was fuming at the chair umpire upon her exit.

Mirra Andreeva arguing with the chair umpire and Andreeva reacting on the bench.
The tennis world is split on whether Mirra Andreeva (pictured) should have been docked a point after a controversial racquet throw in her round of 16 Wimbledon clash. (Getty Images)

Russian teen sensation Mirra Andreeva has been bundled out of Wimbledon in stunning fashion, but the tennis world is divided on whether she should have been docked a point after a controversial racquet throw. Andreeva has been the talk of Wimbledon with the 16-year-old showing her talent having taken out two seeded players on her way to the round of 16.

She fell to American Madison Keys 3-6, 7-6, 6-2, but controversy erupted in the deciding set when the chair umpire deemed Andreeva had thrown her racquet in the motion of slipping. Andreeva was handed a warning from the chair umpire after she flung her racquet across the Wimbledon grass when losing the second set tiebreak.

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In the third set at 2-5 and game point, Keys got her way back to deuce. Andreeva was sliding across the grass at the All England Club when she lost balanced.

In the process of trying to stabilise herself, Andreeva's foot got caught on the grass. Her racquet then went above her head. She then let go of the racquet and it hit the ground with little force.

Chair umpire Julie Kjendlie made the huge call and deemed it a racquet toss, and since she had already warned Andreeva, the Russian was docked a point to hand Keys match point. Andreeva was fuming and argued with the chair umpire that she had lost balance and let go of the racquet.

“I slipped. I didn’t do it. I slid and I fell,” Andreeva said to Kjendlie. The 16-year-old was fuming.

Mirra Andreeva talks to the chair umpire.
Mirra Andreeva (pictured) angry at the chair umpire after a controversial call. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

“No it’s (the) wrong decision. Do you understand what you are doing? Do you understand what you are doing?”

“I didn’t throw the racquet, I slid. Yes I did slip, I didn’t throw the racquet. I slid. It’s the wrong decision. I didn’t throw the racquet, I fell. I slid and then I fell.”

Tennis world divided over brutal Mirra Andreeva call

The 16-year-old went on to lose the match and in a poor moment she refused to shake hands with the chair umpire. Andreeva's drama divided the tennis world.

Grand slam winner Andy Roddick admitted it was a harsh call on the teen at a crucial point in the match. "I don't think she does the racket thing if she doesn't slip. Seems like a reaction to that...this seems like an ovvereach," he wrote.

Many agreed with the American, while others felt she had already been warned for her behaviour during the encounter and the chair umpire was correct.

After the match, the Russian explained her anger. "She's the umpire. She's the one who makes the decision," she said.

"But, honestly, I didn't have any intention to throw the racket. I slid. I thought that I will fall forward. Maybe it did look like I threw the racket.

"For me, she didn't do a right decision. That's why I didn't want to shake hands with her." Keys will now play No.2 seed Aryna Sabalenka in a blockbuster quarter-final clash at Wimbledon.

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