Friends, we have officially seen it all in pro tennis.
Late in their third-round doubles match against Jonathan Marray and Adil Shamasdin, Marcel Granollers and Pablo Cuevas staged a sit-in at their chairs on court. Cuevas reportedly threatened to relieve himself in a tennis-ball canister if he wasn't allowed to take a bathroom break. Chair umpire Aurelie Tourte had refused his request, inciting the pair's anger. Two different code violations were assessed to the tandem during the ongoing spat, one over a ball being slammed out of the court.
That second code violation led Tourte to assess a point penalty to the combative players, leading to triple match point for Marray and Shamasdin.
Cuevas and Granollers 3MP down on Court 7 and staging some kind of sit-down protest, waiting for supervisor I guess— Simon Briggs (@simonrbriggs) July 4, 2016
A Wimbledon supervisor was called to the court, and he also became entangled in an argument with Granollers and Cuevas. When play finally resumed, Marray and Shamasdin won the encounter two points later, that by a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 14-12 count.
Shamasdin himself was glad to close out the match, later saying, "I actually had to go to the bathroom at that point, because we were waiting."
The kerfuffle led at least one other doubles pair, 2014 Wimbledon champions Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil, to inquire with their chair umpire about allotted bathroom breaks.
After that mess with Granollers/Cuevas, PopSock made sure to ask Carlos exactly how many toilet breaks they're allowed.— Tennis Inside Out (@TennisInsideOut) July 5, 2016
While the bitter loss didn't sit well with Cuevas or Granollers—the latter said, "She lied, she lied" about chair umpire Tourte later—other partial observers were ecstatic with the end result.
Amazing 5 set win for Shamasdin/Marray over Cuevas/Granollers 14-12 in the 5th! First Grand Slam QF for Adil! #Wimbledon— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) July 4, 2016