ATP Cup: Pablo Cuevas walks off court before opponent persuades him to return


The bizarre episode began when the Uruguayan returned from a changeover unusually pumped while trailing 5-4.

He had sprinted out of his chair, roared towards his bench and leapt high in the air while receiving serve.
He also made several other exaggerated gestures, receiving a code violation.
Cuevas, 34, was incensed by the warning - which came when Georgian opponent Nikoloz Basilashvili had three set points - and asked the umpire if he was "crazy" and demanded the supervisor be called.
After a lengthy exchange with the supervisor, Cuevas decided he had had enough and put his racquets back in his bag, then headed towards the exit with boos ringing out in the Perth arena.
Basilashvili, however, walked over to the Uruguayan world number 41, put his hand on his shoulder and spoke to him to get him to change his mind.
The move almost backfired for the Georgian, who went on to lose the second set to an inspired Cuevas before winning 6-4 1-6 6-4.
Both countries had already been eliminated from the tournament.
It is not the first time Cuevas' conduct has come under the spotlight - at Wimbledon in 2016 he was fined almost £7,000 after threatening to urinate in a ball can on court and then staging a sit-in protest during a match.
Pablo Cuevas jumps
Cuevas jumped high while waiting to receive serve
Pablo Cuevas argues with supervisor
Then he argued at length with the supervisor after getting a warning from the umpire
Nikoloz Basiashvili talks to Pablo Cuevas
He was on his way out of the arena before being persuaded to complete the match by his opponent

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