Two-time US Open champion Tracy Austin has taken to social media pressing the ATP to step up its sanctions in response to recent racket-throwing incidents involving Nick Kyrgios and now Jenson Brooksby.
World number 39 Brooksby was in a heated battle with Federico Coria of Argentina when he lost his temper and threw his racket to the court, which bounced towards a ball person. After the match, which the American won, he apologised personally to the ball person, to the public on live TV and on Instagram. The former pro voiced her opinion on Twitter writing:
"Was calling the match-Brooksby threw his racket twice. After losing 1st set threw hard on ground in front of his chair, ricocheted to Coria’s side. 2nd time-Ballboys shouldn’t have to be leaping out of way of hurling rackets. Kyrgios IW also. @atp step up please"
Some fans on social media have also drawn comparisons to when world number one Novak Djokovic was defaulted at the 2020 US Open for hitting a line judge with a ball. As such, they called for Brooksby to have been disqualified from the match, something his opponent Coria also pleaded with the umpire on.