WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Victoria Azarenka felt her swing was hindered by a line umpire's call, which chair umpire Aurelie Tourte didn't agree with. Azarenka then challenged Tourte's knowledge mid-match.
WTA Staff

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Victoria Azarenka has never been once to mince her words. In her first round win over Lucie Hradecka at the US Open, the No.20 seed was unhappy with chair umpire Aurelie Tourte's call that her swing was uninterrupted by an errant line umpire's call. It's the most difficult umpiring call in tennis, as it requires quick judgment on a bang-bang play.

The following exchange ensued:

Azarenka: What are you talking about? He screamed at the exact same moment, he scared me. He, like, scared me.

Tourte: For me, you hit the ball before.

Azarenka: You kidding me? Have you ever played tennis?

Tourte: Yes.

Azarenka: You did? You probably weren't very good.

Watch the exchange below:


The call didn't end up bothering Azarenka much. She needed just 66 minutes to win, 6-1, 6-2. Afterwards she had fun with the crowd, inviting a young girl onto the court and rallying for the crowd on Louis Armstrong Stadium. Azarenka plays Yanina Wickmayer in the second round on Thursday.