The match between Francisco Cerúndolo and Holger Rune was stick to stick. The first set was for the Dane and the second for the Argentine. Already in the third chapter, with the score 1-2 and Fran at the service, there was a play that provoked the anger of the porteño and the indignation of the public.
It is that Cerúndolo tried to close a point with an approach and the ball, clearly, stung twice before Rune came to contact it. Then, came the celebration of the Argentine and unusually the sanction of the chair judge, the Frenchman Kader Nouni, sanctioned him for celebrating the point ahead of time.
Cerúndolo immediately went against the chair of Nouni, one of the most experienced in his field, to reproach him for the decision. The replay gave the right to the Argentine, but the judge did not have that option. Nor was he assisted by the linesmen. Nor of Rune, who showed that he not only made fame and went to sleep, but confirmed that he is very little gentleman.
Most of the tennis players on the circuit would have given the point to their opponent. Beyond the fact that they play for money and for the ranking, there is something that first in the ATP among colleagues and is called chivalry. In Argentina. In Denmark. And, obviously, in France.
"You're going to watch him on television, you're going to realize that he was right and I'm going to ask for a fine," Cerúndolo told Nouni, totally entangled with the situation. Especially since Rune took the opportunity to break the serve and escape in that transcendental third set in the Suzanne Lenglen.