Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu was lucky to escape a default for bouncing her racket into the crowd on Thursday. Begu bounced her racket into the French Open crowd and hit a child.
French Open: Irina-Camelia Begu given warning after racket strikes child (AFP Photo)
- Irina-Camelia Begu received a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct
- The incident happened during Begu’s second round match against Alexandrova
- Begu bounced her racket into the French Open crowd and hit a child
Romanian tennis player Irina-Camelia Begu received a code violation warning after bouncing her racket into the French Open crowd and hitting a child. Begu then went on to beat 30th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova at the French Open and advance to the third round.
The 31-year-old Begu, ranked 63rd in the world, threw her racket down in frustration after falling down a break in the deciding third set and it bounced off her seating area into the courtside seats on Court 13 at Roland Garros.
The racket did seem to hit a child as the young boy cried loudly and play halted as the chair umpire called on the supervisor to intervene.
Begu was, however, let off with a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct and did not let the incident affect her play as she beat Russian Alexandrova 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4 to book a meeting against French wildcard Leolia Jeanjean.
The Romanian appeared to be in remorse immediately following the incident and after completing the victory she hugged and consoled the child and picked him up to pose for pictures.
Tennis fans on social media questioned the decision to allow Begu to continue playing, pointing at Novak Djokovic’s disqualification from the 2020 U.S. Open after the Serb inadvertently hit a line judge with a ball after losing a point. (REUTERS INPUTS)