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John McEnroe Defaulted at 1990 Australian Open On January 21, 1990, tennis great John McEnroe was defaulted from the Australian Open after accruing three code violations in his fourth-round match versus Mikael Pernfors. McEnroe was unaware that the rule had recently been changed regarding defaults. Previously it had taken four code violations for a player to be defaulted (with the penalties being warning, point, game, and finally default). The new rule eliminated the game penalty. Despite a career checkered with bad behavior, McEnroe's disqualification from the Australian Open was the only instance where his on-court deportment got him kicked out of a tourney. (He and doubles partner Peter Fleming once had to default a match at the U.S. Open when a traffic jam caused them to be late for a match.) Tellingly, McEnroe said in the post-match press conference, "It was bound to happen."
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Added: 7th June 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-06-07 
This was long overdue--and that was generally the consensus of the tennis community when it occurred.

When Serena Williams got herself in trouble for the second time at the U.S. open and didn't get the boot, commentator Mary Carillo opined in an interview the next day that few tennis umpire's possess the courage to call a default because it would mean the end of the match. Tennis is unlike baseball or football where ejections occur regularly because an ejected player in a team sport can be replaced. I had not thought of that at the time.
Posted by: Steve on 2014-06-10 
Meh, the antics got old fast.
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