Tennis News - Monte Carlo 2018

Jared Donaldson oversteps the line at the Monte Carlo Masters

The 2018 edition of the Monte Carlo Masters will always serve as an embarrassing reminder to 21-year-old Jared Donaldson about what happens when you act against the spirit of the game. Donaldson was caught up in a heated one-sided exchange with umpire Arnaud Gabas after opponent Albert Ramos-Vinolas’ serve was judged to be in by the umpire.

On further reflection and with the use of Hawkeye, Donaldson will feel vindicated as the ball was shown to be out. At the time Hawkeye wasn’t being used and the American had to make do with the call of the French umpire. Sadly he did anything but that and in one of the worst cases of recent aggression seen on a professional tennis court, Donaldson got up in the face of the official and screamed ‘there’s a mark right here’.

Donaldson remonstrated with the umpire in an attempt to get the official to see the mark of the ball on the clay court to prove it was out. When his protest fell on deaf ears Donaldson called for a supervisor and with each passing comment got more worked up in the situation he had made. To put the matter to bed the supervisor arrived on the scene and instead of awarding a decision in favor of Donaldson, he upheld the match referee’s call.

That would be all she wrote for Donaldson as he crashed out the Monte Carlo Masters 6-3 6-3 to Albert Ramos-Vinolas. To make matters worse Donaldson was fined $6181 for his actions and will undoubtedly be haunted by his ill-advised outburst. Ramos-Vinolas progresses and is now 50/1 to win the Monte Carlo Masters as Donaldson makes his way home.

Jared Donaldson - Monte Carlo Maters 2018

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As clinical as Ramos-Vinolas was during this match in the face of the meltdown his playing partner was having, it’s hard to see the Spaniard mixing it with Nadal and Djokovic at the business end of the tournament. Nadal is the favorite for Monte Carlo glory at 8/13 and looks fit enough to go all the way.

Winning the Monte Carlo Masters may have come too soon for Djokovic who is returning to competitive action on the back of some poor form and nagging injuries. The signs are positive, though, as the Serb beat Dusan Lajovic in less than an hour in a display that will do his confidence the world of good. Djokovic will be aiming to be up to full speed by the time Wimbledon arrives and he is currently the second favorite to win at the All English Club - bet365 has the Serb at 9/2.

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Roger Federer - 2018

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It remains to be seen whether Jared Donaldson will be in full swing or even full voice again after this unfortunate incident. Young sportsmen are allowed to make mistakes and he is still at the age where he can be forgiven. The world will be watching the next time one of his opponents serves is called in.

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