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VIDEO: Romanian Tennis Player Makes Little Fan Cry After an Awful Racquet Incident at French Open 2022

Published 05/26/2022, 9:01 AM EDT

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Today, at the French Open 2022, we saw one extraordinary moment during the women’s second-round match between Ekaterina Alexandrova and Irina-Camelia Begu. During the third set, a horrible incident took place, as the Romanian tennis player threw her racket in the crowd, which hit a kid. Immediately, the kid started crying, and the match stopped for a moment. 

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Absolute drama during the match between Irina-Camelia Begu and Ekaterina Alexandrova at the French Open 2022


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After the Romanian player threw her racket, the chair umpire called the supervisor. Despite all that, the supervisor just gave her a warning and the chair umpire gave her only a code violation, which irked her Russian opponent, Alexandrova. She then started arguing with the chair umpire and in the meantime, the crowd started booing her constantly. 

Incidentally, the Russian was 2-0 up in the third set when this incident took place. After that, Begu broke Alexandrova back and leveled in the match which pissed the Russian even more. Then, she threw a ball outside the court and asked the chair umpire, “So I can do that too.”


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As a result, she gets a code violation from the chair umpire just like Begu, and the crowd didn’t like this decision either as they continued to boo. In the end, the Russian player lost her cool and momentum and also lost the match against the Romanian player by 6-7,6-3,6-4.

Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters react to the incident

Meanwhile, former American tennis star Andy Roddick also reacted to the incident, as he posted on Twitter.

Then, four-time Grand Slam champion, Kim Clijsters also replied to Roddick’s tweet, as she wrote, “time for another video !”


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Notably, Roddick made a video earlier after a series of racket smashing incidents that were taking place during the Indian Wells and Miami Open. In that video, he made a demonstration how to smash a racket in a proper way. According to him, he used to smash a racket in a different way and that’s why he only received a code violation only one time in his career.


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The video was mostly for fun and Roddick portrayed it that way. However, Nick Kyrgios criticized the former player for making such videos. It is also worth noting that Kyrgios was also on the receiving end of some hefty fines after a few racket smashing incidents.

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Debkinkar Maity


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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.
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Deepakshi Chaudhary