Roland Garros and another chapter of the “flying rackets”: the Romanian Irina Begu made a boy cry and ended up being photographed with him

Is a bad habit in tennis. It is not new but it is further exposed by today’s tools and media. The “flying rackets” are a bad habit in tennis these days: players blowing off steam by throwing or breaking their rackets during a match without considering the consequences. Cases with different levels of severity are observed, but none of them is a bad example, especially for the new generations of tennis players.

Court number 13 of Roland Garrosthe second Grand Slam of the season, was the scene of a unpleasant fact during the fifth day of the contest. Frustrated by the score, the Romanian player Irina-Camelia Begu, 63rd in the world ranking, He approached his bench to change his racket, but he had no better idea than to “smack” the one he was holding on the ground, the object bounced, rose, flew and hit a boy who was sitting in one of the first seats. The boy, according to witnesses, began to cry and after a few minutes, his parents managed to calm him down.

The Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu, at Roland Garros.Clive Brunskill – Getty Images Europe

At the moment, the Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova He won 7-6 (7-3), 3-6 and 2-0. Begu, upset that she couldn’t repeat what she had done in the second set, had that moment of irritation that could have cost her the match. The match umpire got down from his chair to check what had happened to the boy and called the supervisor, the official authorized to make a final decision. The Romanian, finally, only received a code violation and was able to continue playing. She actually won the match (6-7, 6-3, 6-4) and advanced to the third round, where she will face France’s Leolia Jeanjean.

After the match, Begu (last year she reached the doubles semifinals of the French Open partnering Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska) approached the place where the boy and his parents were, apologized and ended up -among smiles- having a photo with the child.

It is clear that Begu had no intention of attacking the boy who was in the stands and that his case is very different from what has been observed, for example, in the men’s circuit with the Australian Nick Kyrgios, but the action does not mean that the player had to measure the risk involved in throwing the racket as he did. With these incorrect reactions, players end up carrying out dangerous actions and the consequences can be much more severe.

“Racket-breaking tantrums have long been accepted as part of the game. Just like hockey fights, They are a form of relief for the players. But as the general culture becomes less tolerant of public displays of anger, and with an increasing number of clashes on the court, racket strikes no longer seem like a fun idiosyncrasy,” he wrote in March. journalist Matthew Futterman in The New York Times.

In the article he marked the reactions of Kyrgios but also, for example, that of the American Jenson Brooksbythan in the last Miami Open Angrily he threw his racket, it skidded and hit the feet of a ballboy behind the baseline.

The ATP and WTA organizations expressed concern about the repetition of these acts of indiscipline and carried out economic sanctions, but many demand greater severity in the punishments to try to stop a custom that is not new, but that does not stop repeating itself on the tour. .


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