VIDEO: Piotr Wozniacki Argues With Chair Umpire, Refuses to Leave

During Caroline Wozniacki’s match against Mona Barthel in Doha, Piotr Wozniacki argued with the chair umpire. When asked to leave, he refused.

Video of the incident:

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15 Responses

  1. Henk
    Henk February 14, 2013 at 3:52 pm |

    Why don’t they give Caroline a point penalty every minute her father refuses to leave, or something?

  2. manixdk
    manixdk February 14, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

    How do you know he was asked to leave? It was impossible to hear what they discussed. It was purely a guess from the commentator. This is how the narrative is woven.

  3. SA
    SA February 15, 2013 at 1:19 am |

    yeah, if they can’t kick him out/get him to leave then point penalties need to come to caroline. how can they allow a person from the stand (coach or no, he’s not a player and thus have the right to argue a call with the umpire at the moment) to argue with the umpire like that? it just doesn’t look good. for the wta. and especially for caroline.

    the day he stops being her coach i will cheer.

  4. manixdk
    manixdk February 15, 2013 at 6:08 am |

    You can clearly hear Julie say “Nå må du stoppe” in Norwegian. “Stop now” in English, and he does. Get the facts straight. Never in the exchange between Julie Kjendle and Piotr was there any mention of having him thrown out.

    1. Jeppe
      Jeppe February 16, 2013 at 3:42 am |

      True. Funny how bloggers and fans in this instance take the live commentator’s interpretation as fact, considering that the same bloggers and fans usually are very quick to point out how stupid, wrong and clueless tv commentators are…

      1. Mark L
        Mark L February 16, 2013 at 11:03 am |

        Yeah, and bloggers are so quick to criticize journalists…it is very clear that Piotr was NOT asked to leave. Steve Tignor removed this error from his write-up. This website and SI BTB should do the same.

  5. manixdk
    manixdk February 17, 2013 at 12:38 am |

    More reporting from those who were there:

    The AP’s Michael Casey :

    Danish Ritzau news agency:

    which backs the ibtimes version of events. Again, from a journalist who was there, not watching stream commentary.

    1. Alvin
      Alvin February 17, 2013 at 12:59 am |

      The point is, he shouldn’t be arguing with the umpire in the first place! He wasn’t asked to leave by the umpire? Well, he should have been. End of story.

  6. Tom Nash
    Tom Nash February 17, 2013 at 2:22 am |

    Not only is it quite clear that Piotr is asked to leave, it’s also very clear that the decision was made separately from anything the chair umpire was doing.

    One does not have to be there to confidently deduce what happened. In fact, multiple camera angles and the ability to replay events can often give a television viewer more chance of accurately working out a situation than someone who was there but 100 yards away. Quite often people who are sitting the other side of the court will refer to television replays to fill in the gaps of their first hand knowledge.

    So sure, take a pop at bloggers (Ask yourself why in your own time) but not on this occasion, as they’re pretty much bang on, and the more vehemently you try to make them look foolish, the more foolish you appear yourself.

  7. Jeppe
    Jeppe February 17, 2013 at 6:07 am |

    Piotr was clearly way out of line and should have been disciplined, no doubt about it. Whether or not he was in fact asked to leave like the commentator says, and didn’t, or asked to behave and be quiet, and eventually did, is up to your interpretation of the body language of the official who appraoched him, and I don’t think you can conclude either way with any certainty.

  8. Mark L
    Mark L February 18, 2013 at 11:47 pm |

    Last word on this. When there is disruptive behavior at any performance, sports, theatre, or otherwise, since when is the offender “asked” to leave? They are escorted out, no questions asked. Piotr would have been kicked out if tournament officials found him disruptive, which they did not. We don’t know what was being said, so can’t just assume he “refused to leave,” which betrays common sense, or was ever asked in the first place.

  9. Mark L
    Mark L February 20, 2013 at 12:48 am |

    Ben R. of the NCR podcast said there was no evidence Piotr was asked to leave. Hope that convinces you to do your homework next time.

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