A tempest in a pee-pot

Marcel Granollers (left) and Pablo Cuevas could be fined for staging a sit-down protest in their doubles match after the umpire denied their request for a toilet break.
Marcel Granollers (above) and Pablo Cuevas could be fined for staging a sit-down protest in their doubles match after the umpire denied their request for a toilet break.
Marcel Granollers (left) and Pablo Cuevas could be fined for staging a sit-down protest in their doubles match after the umpire denied their request for a toilet break.
Marcel Granollers and Pablo Cuevas (above) could be fined for staging a sit-down protest in their doubles match after the umpire denied their request for a toilet break.

LONDON • Spain's Marcel Granollers and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay face being fined after a bizarre sit-down protest in a Wimbledon doubles match on Monday after they were refused permission to take a bathroom break.

The pair lost 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 12-14 to Britain's Jonathan Marray and Canada's Adil Shamasdin, but the result was overshadowed by the final-set controversy.

Cuevas, 30, had been given a code violation earlier in the set after threatening to urinate into a ball can after he was refused permission to take a comfort break by French umpire Aurelie Tourte.

The 15th-seeded pair then received a second warning and a point penalty when Cuevas smacked a ball out of court, giving Marray and Shamasdin match point.

Cuevas and Granollers staged a sit-down protest for 10 minutes and the tournament supervisor had to be called before Marray and Shamasdin finally clinched victory.

"It was during a changeover," Marray said. "Something to do with a can, something to do with bathroom breaks. I don't know what happened.

"I went to the bathroom twice during the match and obviously the fifth set was a long one. I think you should be allowed an extra toilet break if it's five sets."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 06, 2016, with the headline 'A tempest in a pee-pot'. Print Edition | Subscribe