The tantrum, which included angrily hitting a ball off the field and yelling at the chair umpire, began when the world No.67 broke his racquet on the field at the end of the first set of his 6- loss. 3 4-6 6-3. .
A penalty for verbal insults on the set point then cost him the first set and Pospisil embarked on a swearing tirade against Gaudenzi, who he said had “shouted” at him at a meeting on Tuesday for ” to have tried to unite the players “.
“For an hour and a half. The ATP chief. Get him out here. Why am I supporting this?” Pospisil has said he will chair referee Arnaud Gabas, threatening to sue ATP in the event of default.
Pospisil’s problems with ATP came to a head last year when he and world number one Novak Djokovic announced the formation of the Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA).
Pospisil said his encounter with ATP “pissed him off”.
“I want to sincerely apologize for my behavior on the Miami field earlier today,” Pospisil, who did not speak to the media after his game, said on Twitter. “I disrespected the game I love and for that I am so sorry.
“By way of explanation, I felt deeply pissed off during a meeting between the players and ATP officials last night, and I underestimated the toll these emotions have taken on me so far. to what I get on the field today.
“Once again, I’m sorry for my behavior on the pitch and the language I used.”
The ATP Tour did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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