2022 French Open: Irina-Camelia Begu fined $10K for throwing racket that nearly hit child in stands

Irina-Camelia Begu got a $10,000 fine from the French Tennis Federation on Friday for an occurrence that took place throughout her second-round match in the French Open. In a minute of disappointment, Begu strolled towards her bench and tossed her racket. The Romanian gamer had actually simply dropped her serve in the 3rd set versus Ekaterina Alexandrova.

The racket bounced into the crowd and almost struck a kid, who was noticeably shaken and sobbing. A quick time out in the match followed, and Begu was provided a code infraction for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Alexandrova was noticeably disturbed that Begu did not get defaulted for her actions. In her own disappointment over the chair umpire’s choice, she struck a ball over the stands throughout the next changeover, screaming, “So, I can do that, too?”  

Begu went on to win the match 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4.

Alexandrova, who got a code infraction for chewing out the chair umpire, continued revealing herself on social networks after the match.

“So disappointed to leave RG like that, I was trying to do my best, but seems like the rules were against me today,” she composed on Instagram. “This shouldn’t be happening. I hope after today’s match rules will be improved for everyone’s safety. We are responsible for our racket.”

The moms and dads of the kid later on verified he was not hurt. Begu approached the young kid right after the occurrence occurred, and she went back to take images with him after her win.

During her post-match interview, Begu stated she did not anticipate the racket to bounce towards the fans and felt remorse for what occurred.

“It’s an embarrassing moment for me, so I don’t want to talk too much about it. I just want to apologize,” she stated. “My whole career I didn’t do something like this, and I feel really bad and sorry.”

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