Victor Hanescu. Daniel Brands. Wimbledon third round. Tanking games. Something about spitting at the crowd. A sudden retirement. Now 4 spectators arrested afterward.
Something tells me those Wimby strawberries really are wonky.
More updates to come!
UPDATE #1: Here's how it went down according to SBNation.com. Han had pain in his hamstring and received treatment in the fourth. The crowd started chanting "Victor is weak!" and he complained to the umpire who did nothing. Now in the fifth. At this point he starts to tank his games and goes down 0-2. As he goes to serve in third game of the decider he walks over to the taunting spectators and does the spitting game in their direction and gets a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct.
He intentionally steps on the baseline while serving his final four points, which he loses, to receive foot faults. After Han loses the fourth point he walks over to the umpire, attempts to shake his hand, shakes Brands' hand and walks off the court. Score 6-7 (9), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (9), 6-3, 3-0 for Brands. Phew.
UPDATE #2: So it seems the arrests at Court 18 were not related to the Hanescu incident but were a completely separate occurrence. Also the official statement on the match says, "Victor Hanescu retired from the match due to a leg injury." Uh-huh. Let's keep Court 18 on lock down, shall we?