A racquet smash by Irina-Camelia Begu nearly hit a young fan in the stands during the second round of French Open.
Having escaped a default, the Romanian player went on to beat 30th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.
The incident occured in the deciding set, when the 31-year-old Begu dropped her serve.
Irina-Camelia Begu just bounced her racket into the crowd, supervisor has been called. pic.twitter.com/EiIBNDAH2I
— Damian Kust (@damiankust) May 26, 2022
Begu slammed the racquet down and watched in horror as it bounced up into the nearby crowd on Court 13 and caused a kid to cry loudly.
There were gasps from the fans around the incident and the umpire immediately jumped down from the chair to check the kid was okay.
There was a delay in proceedings as the players stood by to check on the child and the umpire called a halt to the match temporarily.
Even though the supervisor was called in, Begu was not defaulted for her action, much to her opponent’s frustration.
Begu’s act adds to the growing list of on-court transgressions from tennis players, albeit mainly from male pros.
Two days ago, Andrey Rublev smashed a ball at the player bench and it almost hit the court sweeper in the head.