Lot of racket: Begu’s toss causes outcry at French


Irina-Camelia Begu has apologized after she was hit with a code violation following an incident the place her racket bounced into the stands throughout her second-round win over Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Alexandrova ended up shedding the match and has since referred to as for a change in tennis’ guidelines to stop this from occurring once more.

The incident occurred within the third sport of the third set, with Alexandrova up 2-0 and 15-0 on her personal serve. Begu was clearly annoyed at her efficiency and walked over to her chair, throwing the racket in opposition to the bottom. The racket bounced up and into the group, inflicting a toddler to cry out and burst into tears.

There was a pause in proceedings as umpire Anis Ressaissi checked on the kid whereas additionally calling a supervisor. After session between the supervisor and umpire, Begu was given a code violation for “unsportsmanlike conduct.”

The sport continued, and she or he broke Alexandrova again. The incident angered Alexandrova, who hit a tennis ball over the stands throughout the subsequent changeover.

“So I can do this too?” Alexandrova shouted on the umpire.

She additionally was given a code violation.

Begu, 31, ended up profitable 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4. After the match, she spoke to the kid and took pictures with the kid.

“Properly, it is an embarrassing second for me. I simply wish to apologize,” Begu mentioned. “My entire profession I did not do one thing like this, and I really feel actually dangerous and sorry. So I am simply going to say once more, sorry for the incident and, yeah, it was simply an embarrassing second for me.

“… It was a tough second as a result of I did not wish to hit that racket, you already know. It was — you already know, you hit the clay with the racket, however you by no means anticipate to fly that a lot. It was, as I mentioned, embarrassing second for me and I simply wish to finish it and never speak about it.”

Alexandrova took to her Instagram account afterward Thursday and questioned the choice to not default Begu.

“So disenchanted to depart RG like that, I used to be making an attempt to do my greatest, however looks as if the principles had been in opposition to me right this moment,” Alexandrova wrote. “This should not be occurring. I hope after right this moment’s match guidelines shall be improved for everybody’s security. We’re liable for our racket.”

Begu, the world No. 63, will now face France’s Leolia Jeanjean within the third spherical at Roland Garros.

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