Who is Amarissa Toth and why has the tennis world turned against the Hungarian accused of bringing ‘a new low for sportsmanship’?

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Amarissa Toth has recently made the headlines for all of the wrong reasons and has been accused of bringing ‘a new low for sportsmanship.’

The incident came during Toth’s Budapest Open match against veteran Zhang Shuai earlier this week.

Several stars in the tennis world, including Ellen Perez, Ajla Tomljanovic and Daria Saville have all slammed the Hungarian tennis player.

The incident came just days after the Wimbledon final where Carlos Alcaraz won his second Grand Slam title after beating Novak Djokovic.

But who is Amarissa Toth? Why has the tennis world turned against her? Mail Sport provides the answers below. 

Tennis player Amarissa Toth has made the headlines this week for all the wrong reasons

Tennis player Amarissa Toth has made the headlines this week for all the wrong reasons

Toth denied that she behaved badly in her highly controversial match against Zhang

Toth’s behaviour during the match was heavily criticised by fans and players alike online

Who is Amarissa Toth? 

Born in 2003, Toth is of Hungarian descent from her father’s side, while her mother is from Thailand.

The youngster made her professional debut in 2021 after making her WTA Tour main-draw debut at the Budapest Grand Prix.

In that year, she finished just outside of the top 1000 and would also reach the girls’ doubles final at the French Open along with Maria Bondarenko. 

Toth has a career-high ranking of 534 in singles and 264 in doubles and has won 12 ITF Circuit finals titles where 11 of them came in doubles tournaments.

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The biggest win of her career so far came last year at the Slovak Open – where she defeated Germany’s Eva Lys in the first round. 

The Hungarian’s highest-rank win so far came in the 2022 Slovak Open, where she got the better of Germany’s Eva Lys in the first round.

Why has the tennis world turned against her? 

Toth has shocked the tennis world with a series of ‘disgusting’ acts at the clay-court Budapest Open that left her opponent Zhang Shuai in tears.

Shuai, a former world No 22, retired from the event in floods of tears after her 20-year-old opponent erased a ball mark on the clay court following a disputed line call.

The 34-year-old had struck a crosscourt forehand which appeared to land on the line, only for the umpire to call the shot out. 

The Chinese player argued with the umpire and called for the tournament supervisor for several minutes whilst being mocked and jeered by the crowd.

Toth added to the noise, laughing at Shuai as she became increasingly frustrated. 

The match restarted only momentarily before the dispute continued, with Toth erasing the mark made on the clay to the disapproval of Zhang.

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Zhang shouted to her opponent to ‘keep the mark!’ before adding: ‘What are you doing? Why would you do that?’

Toth replied: ‘Because you’re making problems, that’s why.’

Whilst Zhang won the next game, her distress forced her to call for her physio and led to her retirement.

Toth went to lose at the Round of 16 stage on Thursday in a 6-3, 6-1 straight sets defeat to Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl.

Toth (pictured) could be seen walking towards the contested ball marking and scuffing it out with her foot

Toth (pictured) could be seen walking towards the contested ball marking and scuffing it out with her foot

Zhang Shuai (pictured) was left in tears and unable to continue at the Budapest Open after a series of shocking acts from Amarissa Toth

Zhang Shuai (pictured) was left in tears and unable to continue at the Budapest Open after a series of shocking acts from Amarissa Toth 

What has been said on the incident?

Speaking to Radio Kossuth about the match, Toth was unapologetic about her actions.

‘I don’t understand why she made such a fuss out of it, that she wanted to overrule the judge’s decision,’ the Hungarian player said. ‘I don’t understand why she didn’t accept it, but she made trouble for herself’.

Zhang later took to social media to complain about the call and thanked those who supported her.

‘All efforts on practice was wrong, because when you wanted hitting closer to the line, even touched the line still OUT,’ Shuai wrote.

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‘I love you guys and all girls who supporting me and standing (by) my side.’ 

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova slammed the umpire at the centre of the ‘new low for sportsmanship’ row, claiming she is ‘not fit to call clay court matches’.

‘Pathetic from any angle – umpire is not fit to call clay court matches and Toth is a bad sport,’ she tweeted. 

The umpire involved in Amarissa Toth (not pictured) and Zhang Shuai (left) has come under fire

The umpire involved in Amarissa Toth (not pictured) and Zhang Shuai (left) has come under fire

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova slammed the umpire, claiming she's 'not fit to call matches'

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova slammed the umpire, claiming she’s ‘not fit to call matches’

Three Australian tennis stars in Ellen Perez, Ajla Tomljanovic and Daria Saville have also had their say on the matter.

Perez tweeted: ‘That’s a quick way to lose respect from your peers. I’m actually shook by the level of disrespect from this girl. If I see this girl tomorrow I will tell her how disgusted I am.’

Tomljanovic added: ‘Absolutely disgusting behaviour. Shuai is a better person than a lot of us for shaking the ref and that girl’s hand.’

Saville wrote: ‘Zero respect for this Toth girl. Her reputation is ruined.’

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