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Ball girl hit in the head by tennis ball: French Open match canceled


Highlights: Miyu Kato hit a ball over the net after a point at the French Open. The ball girl on the other side of the court was hit in the head. Kato and Aldila Sutjiadi were disqualified from the match. The scene was reminiscent of Novak Djokovic hitting a lineswoman at the US Open 2020. The world star lost his temper, threw a ball across the pitch in a rage - and hit the lineswoman. The line judge visibly had breathing problems caused by the goal.

Shock moment at the French Open. During a women's doubles, a player hits a ball girl in the head, the two women are then disqualified.

Paris - In the women's doubles at the French Open, there was a shock moment. In the match between Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova (Spain/Czech Republic) against Miyu Kato and Aldila Sutjiadi (Japan/Indonesia), Japan's Kato hit a ball over the net after a point so unluckily that it hit a ball girl on the other side on the head.

French Open
Venue:Paris, France
Capacity Center Court:15,225 spectators
First edition:1891
Category:Grand slam

Player meets ball girl at French Open on the head: She cries bitterly

The Japanese woman immediately went to the visibly upset girl on the sidelines, spoke briefly with her and put her hand on her shoulder comfortingly. Meanwhile, Sorribes Tormo and Bouzkova informed the head referee about the scene, who also assured himself that the girl was fine. She was then accompanied from the court, crying bitterly, by an employee of the French Open.

After a short consultation with those responsible, it was clear: The match would be abandoned, Kato and Sutjiadi would be disqualified.

The ball girl reacted visibly shocked after a ball caught her head. © Screenshot: Eurosport

Ball girl hit in the head at French Open: Women's doubles is disqualified

In the short video on Eurosport showing the accident, the reason can be heard: one of those responsible explains to the surprised women from Japan and Indonesia that Kato is responsible for the incident and that in this case there will be a disqualification. If something like this happened during a game scene, no one was directly responsible, but since the match was just interrupted after winning the point and the ball was deliberately knocked away, the Japanese had to be responsible for her slip.

The two players consoled each other after the bad news, both were visibly shocked by the scene and the resulting abandonment of the game. When the head referee announced the decision, he received loud boos from the audience.

Similar scene to the French Open: Djokovic freaks out in 2020 - and meets line judge

The scene at the French Open was directly reminiscent of Novak Djokovic at the US Open 2020. At that time, the world star completely lost his temper, threw a ball across the pitch in a rage - and hit a lineswoman in the head. The woman sank directly to the ground, and it was clearly audible over the external microphones that she was groaning in pain. The line judge visibly had breathing problems caused by Djokovic's goal. He was also disqualified as a result. (msb)

Source: merkur

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