Fined and defaulted
Ivanisevic creates some racket at Samsung Open
Updated: Thursday November 23, 2000 6:54 PM
BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) -- Goran Ivanisevic, the three-times Wimbledon finalist, was eliminated from the Brighton Open on Thursday because he ran out of racquets.
The hard-hitting Croatian broke three racquets in his second round tie against Hyung-Taik Lee of South Korea and at 3-1 down in the final set was forced to abandon the match through "lack of appropriate equipment."
Ivanisevic later told a news conference: "It's me you know - unique.
"Once I've finished playing tennis, they're going to remember me for something at least. The guy that never won Wimbledon...the guy who had to retire because he didn't have any more racquets."
Lee, bewildered by the behavior of his opponent, went through to the quarterfinals with a score line of 7-5, 6-7, 3-1.
Tournament official Gerry Armstrong said: "I can't remember anything like this happening before...We will probably have to create a Goran rule."
Ivanisevic's first temper tantrum came in the first set when the South Korean broke his serve to go 6-5 up. The Croatian hit a ball into the crowd and smashed his racket. He recovered in the second set, winning the tiebreak 8-6.
But the final set proved to be his undoing. At 1-1, he squandered the chance to break for a 2-1 lead and another racket bit the dust.
In the next game, Lee was 30-15 up on the Croatian's serve when Ivanisevic, who has struggled to find his form this season, double-faulted to give his opponent a break point.
Clearly frustrated, Ivanisevic broke his third and final racquet, incurring a point penalty which handed the game to Lee.
Ivanisevic, now racquetless, headed for the dressing room after a costly day for the 29-year-old. He was fined $1,000 for two code violations for damaging equipment.
Later on Thursday, tournament favorite Tim Henman won his second round match with Dutchman Raemon Sluiter 7-6, 6-1.
The Briton got off to a shaky start, dropping his serve early in the first set to let Sluiter go 4-2 up. Henman looked twitchy and slammed his racquet into the siding in frustration. But a game later, he recovered and broke back to 3-4.
The set went to a tiebreak in which both players had set points. It was Henman, currently 10th in the ATP Champions Race, who kept his nerve and eventually won the set with an ace 10-8.
Visibly more relaxed, the Briton dominated the second set, barely allowing Sluiter back into the match.
Henman now meets American Chris Woodruff in the quarterfinals.
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