Star accused of 'new low for sportsmanship' after shocking act

Tennis star is accused of ‘a new low for sportsmanship’ after her ‘disgusting’ acts on the court led to her opponent having a panic attack

  •  Hungarian player Amarissa Toth left her opponent at the Budapest Open in tears
  •  Toth first removed a ball mark with her foot much to Zhang Shuai’s frustration
  •  She sparked more controversy by celebrating when an emotional Shuai retired

Amarissa Toth has shocked the tennis world with a series of ‘disgusting’ acts at the clay-court Budapest Open that left her veteran opponent Zhang Shuai in tears.

Shuai, a former world No.22, retired from the event in a visibly distressed state after a protracted argument over a line call against her 20-year-old Hungarian opponent.

The drama unfolded in the first set when a ball was called out that the popular Chinese player was convinced had landed in.

‘Oh my god. I need a referee. No way,’ Shuai said, with the commentators agreeing that the ball looked like it had caught the line and landed in.

Shuai argued with the umpire for several minutes before the tournament supervisor was brought to the court to deal with the incident.

Zhang Shuai (pictured) was left in tears and unable to continue at the Budapest Open after a series of shocking acts from Hungarian opponent Amarissa Toth

Toth could then be seen walking towards the contested ball marking and scuffing it out with her foot.

Shuai yelled from her side of the net, ‘Wait, wait, wait, keep the mark! What are you doing? Why would you do that?’ 

Toth responded by saying: ‘Because you’re making problems, that’s why.’

Shuai went on to win the game, but looked out of sorts afterwards and called a doctor onto court. 

TV commentators explained that Shuai was crying a ‘flood of tears’, with one calling the episode a ‘panic attack’.

The 34-year-old then retired from the match, quickly shaking hands with the umpire and Toth before pointing at sections of the crowd who had booed her.

Toth immediately celebrated her highly controversial victory in the round of 32, throwing both hands into the air to the applause of her fans.

Toth (pictured) could be seen walking towards the contested ball marking and scuffing it out with her foot before officials could take a closer look

Shuai received an outpouring of support from ex-players after a controversial end to the match

‘All efforts on practice was wrong, because when you wanted hitting closer to the line, even touched the line still OUT,’ Shuai wrote afterwards on social media.

‘I love you guys and all girls who supporting me and standing (by) my side.’

Toth’s conduct during the match was slammed by fans and players as ‘shameful’ and a ‘new low for sportsmanship’.

Aussie star Ellen Perez took to social media to declare her disgust over the ordeal.

‘Well that’s a quick way to lose respect from your peers. I’m actually shook by the level of disrespect from this girl,’ Perez wrote.

‘If I see this girl tomorrow I will tell her how disgusted I am.’

Ajla Tomljanovic also rallied around Shuai, posting on Twitter: ‘Absolutely disgusting behaviour. Shuai is a better person than a lot of us for shaking the ref and that girl’s hand. But then again it’s Shuai we are talking about, of course she did’.

Toth’s behaviour during the match was heavily criticised by fans and players alike online

Shuai (pictured with Sam Stosur) has previously opened up about her mental health struggles

Aussie Daria Saville didn’t hold back, either, posting: ‘Zero respect for this Toth girl. ZERO! I am so so so mad. I feel so bad for Shuai. Toth ‘won’ this point and ‘won’ this match but her reputation is ruined.’

Australian doubles star Rennae Stubbs also jumped in to criticise Toth.

‘And that umpire needs to find another job ASAP! She also should be getting hammered for this,’ Stubbs wrote.

Shuai, one of the most loved and respected players in the game, has previously opened up about her mental health issues and recently broke down in tears after a loss at the French Open in May.

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