Australian Open fast facts
Originally published on 19/01/17 00:00
John McEnroe is the only player to be disqualified from an Australian Open match in the Open era.
At the 1990 Australian Open, McEnroe was leading Swede Mikael Pernfors 6-1 4-6 7-5 2-4 in the fourth round when he was defaulted by chair umpire Gerry Armstrong for swearing after receiving a point penalty for racket abuse, following an earlier warning for intimidating a lineswoman.
McEnroe was caught out by the reduction from four offences for a default to three. “I guess it was bound to happen,” said a contrite McEnroe. “I don’t have anyone to blame but myself for not knowing the rules.”