Adrian Mannarino, who had tension on the court during his match with Italian Lorenzo Sonego, suffered a serious head injury with his racket. Despite bleeding, the French player went until the end of the match and won in two sets (6/4, 6/4).
Here is the photo of the night! In his United Cup match in Australia against Italian Lorenzo Sonego (46th in the world), Adrian Mannarino won in two sets (6-4 / 6-4), the Frenchman having mentally collapsed during the match. The 22nd player in the world hit the handle of his racket on his forehead at the spot he had just thrown, resulting in a bloody cross appearing on him for the rest of the match.
This incident did not stop him from beating the Italians in less than two hours. Tennis fans immediately made the connection with the legendary collapse of former Russian player Mikhail Youzhny, who smashed his head with his racket in Miami in 2008.
The Russian, who was known to be an optimist, lost a lot of blood. That didn’t stop him from doing it again at Roland-Garros in 2015, but with one twist: this time the Russian bowed out. Even though the injury required the attention of a doctor on the field, none of this happened for Adrian Mannarino.
The next match could see him face Casper Ruud (#11 player in the world); France will qualify for the United Cup quarter-finals where they will face former world No. 3 Norway. Adrian Mannarino, 35, is having a very good season; He is having the best season of his career with three titles (Newport, Astana, Sofia) which equals his career best placing.