Adrian Mannarino has recovered from a self-inflicted head wound to help France qualify for the United Cup quarter-finals in Sydney on Wednesday.
The veteran left-hander claimed a 6-4 6-4 win over Italian Lorenzo Sonego before Caroline Garcia sealed France’s spot on top of Group D with victory over Jasmine Paolini.
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But while Mannarino was largely untroubled in his victory, you wouldn’t have known it after his temper boiled over in the second set.
The 35-year-old, who did not face a single break point, was down 0-30 in the second game of the second set when he smashed his head with the handle of his racquet.
The numerous blows to his forehead resulted in a small wound and play was stopped while he received treatment from a physio.
Mannarino hits his head during the second set. Credit: Twitter
The timing of the incident stopped Sonego’s momentum and Mannarino was able to return to the court and hold serve.
Commentator Wally Masur raised the possibility of a player gaining an advantage by injuring themselves.
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“If it is self-inflicted, can you have a timeout? You can’t injure yourself, can you?” Masur said on Nine.
“Let’s say you’re in a tricky situation, you go, ‘Right, I’m going to bash myself with a racquet and get a breather’.”
Play was halted for several minutes, which angered Masur.
“Why has this taken so long? Get one of those little bandaids, the round ones,” Masur said.
“This does not constitute a medical timeout, in my opinion.
“This is not a good look for the sport.”
Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur says he’s looking forward to testing himself against the “GOAT” Novak Djokovic in Wednesday night’s United Cup quarter-final against Serbia in Perth.
The men’s singles match-up between de Minaur and Djokovic looms as one of the biggest clashes of the $US10 million ($A15 million) mixed-teams event.
De Minaur was crushed 6-2 6-1 6-2 by Djokovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open last year.
But de Minaur’s thumping 6-4 6-2 win over world No.10 Taylor Fritz on Monday night has given his confidence a massive boost ahead of his re-match with Djokovic.
De Minaur rates Djokovic, a 24-time grand slam winner who at 36 years of age is still No.1 in the world, as the greatest men’s player ever, edging out Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
“It’s no secret Novak’s level, it’s incredible, and he’s probably the GOAT if we’re honest,” de Minaur said.
“He started the year strong. It’s going to be extremely tough.
“But it will be a challenge that I’ll be looking forward to – hopefully going out there and showing what I can do.”
Djokovic suffered a scare on Tuesday when he injured his wrist while practising.
The star veteran shook off the injury to help spearhead Serbia’s 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic, and he’s confident he will be fit to take on de Minaur.
Three-time grand slam quarter-finalist Ajla Tomljanovic will face world No.121 Olga Danilovic in the women’s singles.
– With AAP