A few years ago, many Brazilian football teams sat-down right after the match started, in protest for extenuating scheduling conditions.

Has there ever a player protested in akin ways in a professional Tennis match? For example, by refusing to serve? Or maybe two players, by keeping the ball in game continuously?

If so, can the referee do something about it?

  • For avoidance of doubt, do you mean the referee (the official who is off-court and responsible for the overall running of a tournament), the chair umpire (who is on-court and oversees the running of an individual match) or somebody else?
    – Philip Kendall
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 12:31
  • @PhilipKendall I guess I'm referring to the chair umpire.
    – luchonacho
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 12:43
  • IMO the chair umpire will warn the players but ultimately the offical referee would step in. The governing body (like the ATP) have rules around code of conduct but if someone did this on court they would not be liked by many people
    – aqwert
    Commented Jul 11, 2017 at 21:14


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