Chair umpire refuses to shake Malisse's hand post-match

by: Jonathan Scott | June 13, 2013

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There are instances in which on-court opponents refuse to shake each other's (or one the other's) hand after a particularly contentious match. (Tomas Berdych against Nicolas Almagro at the 2012 Australian Open springs to mind.) 


And then there is the surprising new standard for officials: The chair umpire in a grass-court match between Xavier Malisse and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez this week opted out of shaking Malisse's hand.

No joke. See the write-up on that unfortunate, protracted skirmish—between the players, and between each player and the umpire—here. Malisse eventually won the bout by a count of 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, rifling an ace to end it. Surely that felt quite good.

What do you think of the sportsmanship in this match? A valid point from the chair umpire, or an unforced error?

Got a thought, a tip, or a point to make? Hit me on Twitter @jonscott9.

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