“Don’t Get My Girlfriend Into This”: Stefano Travaglia and Pablo Carreno Busta Get Into Heated Argument at Monte-Carlo Masters 2021

Published 04/14/2021, 6:41 AM EDT
Sep 11, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain reacts against Alexander Zverev of Germany in the men’s singles semifinals match on day 12 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


As the 2021 Monte Carlo Masters got underway, Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Stefano Travaglia in straights sets in the opening round. However, a heated argument took place between the players during the match which raised the temperature of the clash.

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Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta in action during his fourth round match against Germany’s Daniel Altmaier REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The confrontation happened during the seventh game of the second set when Travaglia accused Busta’s coach of clapping in the middle of the point. Travaglia found the action disrespectful as Busta’s coach clapped before the point was won.

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Hot row between Pablo Carreno Busta and Travaglia

The No.12 seed Busta immediately shot back at Travaglia by pointing towards his opponent’s stand and accusing his girlfriend of saying ‘si’ in the middle of rallies.

Busta’s comments angered Travaglia as the duo came at the net and continued their verbal scuffle. The Italian warned Busta not to drag his girlfriend into the argument and defended his partner by saying that she only applauds after the point is over.

“Don’t get my girlfriend into this. Be careful what you say. Don’t put her in the middle , she doesn’t say anything. She says yes when I win. the point, don’t put it in the middle,” said Travaglia.

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Unfazed by Travaglia’s defense, Busta reasserted his claim by saying “I’m putting it because it’s there.” To douse off the matter, the chair umpire ultimately intervened and put an end to the argument.

In the end, Carreno Busta had the last laugh as he claimed victory after winning the second-set tie-break. The victory comes at the background of Busta winning his fifth career title at the Andalucia Open last week.

Up next, Busta will face Russian tennis player, Karen Khachanov, in the second round of the ATP 1000 tournament. The duo has faced off four times, with the rivalry tied at 2-2.

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Notably, they last played against each other in the Round-of-32 at the 2020 Cincinnati Masters, a match which Khachanov won in straight sets.

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Kshitij Tayal is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having played district-level tennis competitions, Kshitij is also a tenured journalist of the sport with over four years of experience. At EssentiallySports, he pens down some thought-provoking pieces on players and tournaments across the ATP and WTA.

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