As a calmer head prevailed, eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic has apologized for casting profanity at fans during his loss to Mikhail Youzhny on Saturday at the 2013 French Open.
CNN passed along Tipsarevic's apology:
There is no excuse for my behavior. I think basically the problem was that I used the F word and that was not pretty. But, on the other hand, I just snapped. It happens to everyone.
Tipsarevic acknowledged his inappropriate behavior, but he also suggested that this outburst is the sort of thing that can happen to anyone. In this case, he knows he was clearly frustrated enough to lose his cool, though he regrets doing so.
Should Tipsarevic be viewed in a negative light for this incident?
As CNN points out, Tipsarevic's profanity was directed at two fans. Those fans were reportedly escorted from the grounds, and it wasn't because they were there just to give Tipsarevic a hard time. It doesn't appear as if they were paying enough attention to do so.
Tipsarevic maintains, "They just wanted to look nice and be at the French Open. They had no respect to the players in terms of being quiet or whatever."
He goes on to say that one of the two fans in question even screamed to another spectator while Tipsarevic was in the middle of his serve.
Considering that the world's 12th-ranked player never had a good rhythm or feel in this match and wound up losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, it is easy to see how he would have let his frustration boil over.
Tipsarevic was never on his game in this match, as he hit less than 50 percent of his first serves and had five double faults.
In addition to his service woes, he couldn't stop Youzhny's serve. He managed just three break points and didn't win a single one of them.
It's clear that Tipsarevic has more to lament from this match than his language. Nonetheless, it's nice to see him take responsibility for his overreaction and apologize.