Wimbledon umpires treat player like robots, says Jamie Murray's doubles partner Bruno Soares

Bruno Soares accused overzealous officials of treating players like “robots” during a Championship in which fines have been issued totalling £57,000, the highest amount in years.

Bruno Soares argues with umpire Marijana Veljovic Credit: PA

Jamie Murray’s doubles partner became the latest player to condemn the “extreme” umpiring at this year’s Wimbledon.

Bruno Soares accused overzealous officials of treating players like “robots” during a Championship in which fines have been issued totalling £57,000, the highest amount in years.

Bruno Soares accuses the umpire of treating players like robots Credit: PA

Murray and Soares’s epic third-round win over Mate Pavic and Michael Venus was the latest match to be marred by an on-court spat between a player and umpire, the Brazilian reacting angrily to being warned by Marijana Veljovic for bashing his racket into the ground after he and his partner surrendered a two-set lead.

The Brazilian told her at the time: “It’s the first thing I do after three hours and you give me a warning. Why is that? Are we in prison or something?” 

That was moments after Veljovic had a heated exchange with Pavic in a match halted at 13-13 in the fifth set on Monday night and which was wrapped up 6-3, 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 16-14 by Murray and Soares on Tuesday.

The latter’s rant followed extraordinary umpiring rows involving fellow doubles players Marcel Granollers and Pablo Cuevas and singles star Victor Troicki.

Veljovic, meanwhile, was at the centre of spats with Svetlana Kuznetsova and Venus Williams for handing them coaching and time violations respectively.

Also this year, umpires have been threatened with lawsuits by Serena Williams and Gilles Simon over being forced to play in the rain.

After helping Murray reach another Wimbledon quarter-final, Soares said: “I think they are taking it to extremes right now.

“I don’t know if it is the tournament of the umpires. They have got to understand it is competitive, best of five. Some days, it is very frustrating with rain delays and things like this and we are not robots. We have feelings and it is not easy sometimes.

“If they keep that strict, it is very tough. Best of five, you might be there for four hours and you can get a warning after 15 minutes.” 

He added: “I am pretty quiet, pretty calm. I don’t do much. I rarely get warnings for things like this. I was just a bit frustrated in that game. We had 0-40 to break back in the fourth and I threw my racket flat out on the grass. It didn’t damage the grass, I didn’t say anything afterwards, I just walked to the chair and she gave me a warning. I just think it is unnecessary. She said: ‘They are very sensitive with the grass here’. I said: ‘We are all sensitive. I just lost a set here. I am a bit sensitive right now’.

“If I throw my racket once and damage the grass then I accept it, I am wrong.”

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