Wimbledon flop who tested positive for steroids choked his opponent during match

Tennis has had both its dramatic and occasional scary moments over the years, one of which was provided by former player Stefan Koubek. He took on Daniel Koellerer in an Austrian league match in 2010, when he proceeded to choke his opponent during a changeover.

The Austrian star couldn’t hold in his anger and proceeded to clasp his hands around his opponent’s neck, who was sitting in his chair. Koubek was immediately disqualified from the match for his actions and rather surprisingly his fellow countryman was booed off court.

“I’m man enough not to let myself be insulted, especially not by him,” Koubek later told the Austrian Times. Six years earlier, the controversial star tested positive for glucocorticosteroids at the 2004 French Open after receiving an injection for an injured wrist. He was subsequently suspended for three months.

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The ITF rejected Koubek's appeal of the suspension, though acknowledging that he had not used the drugs to enhance performance. Koubek forfeited his points and prize money from Roland Garros, though his results prior to the event were not disqualified.

As a result of injuries and his suspension, Koubek struggled in 2005, and his ranking fell outside the top 100. Throughout his career Koubek won three titles, two of which came on hard courts. Despite this, he said his favourite surface was clay.

Koubek reached the quarterfinals of the 2002 Australian Open and the 2002 Hamburg Masters, attaining a career-high singles ranking of World No. 20 in March 2000. In the grand slams, outside of his appearance in the last eight at Melbourne Park, Koubek failed to progress past the third round at Wimbledon, losing at the second stage on five occasions.

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His best result at Roland Garros was reaching the fourth round in 1999 and the third round at the US Open in 2004 and 2007.

After suffering some serious injuries, Koubek announced his retirement from tennis in May 2011 with one of the worst incidents in tennis history attached to his name.


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