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Irina-Camelia Begu made a child in the crowd cry during her outburst at Roland-Garros

Women’s tennis star Irina-Camelia Begu was fined $10,000 by the French Tennis Federation for throwing her racket into the crowd at Roland Garros on Thursday.

The Romanian was booed by fans at Roland Garros for throwing the object into the clay before it bounced into the stands, making a young child cry.

World No. 63 Begu was losing momentum in the third set of an eventual second-round win over Ekaterina Alexandrova on court 13 when she also lost her lead.

The racket flew behind referee Anis Ressaissi’s chair, with tournament referee Remy Azemar saying the equipment “grazed a young spectator” who fortunately “it went well”.

In protest at a simple code violation by Begu, Alexandrova deliberately hit a ball over the stands on the next substitution and ended up losing the match.

“So can I do that too?” the Russian shouted at the referee after hitting the ball, in turn seeing herself inflicted with a code violation.

While Begu apologized to the child and later posed for pictures with him, social media was ruthless and called out the 31-year-old. “witch” be disqualified.

After struggling slightly, however, Begu survived to fight another day and will face French star Leolia Jeanjean in a third-round encounter on Saturday.

Elsewhere at the French Open, Alexandrova’s compatriot Andrey Rublev was fined $8,000 for hitting the ball against a courtside chair after losing the first set of his first-round match against Kwon Soon-woo.


As with Begu, the crowd turned on Rublev when the ball bounced off the pitch and then off a nearby gardener’s hat.

Rublev, who is now in the third round where he will face Cristian Garin, later admitted he lost his mind “for a moment” and regretted what he did.

“It’s unacceptable to hit the ball the way I hit it” admitted Rublevwho also admitted to having been “unprofessional” and hoped never to repeat the act.

“[It would have been] better if I just hit the racket on the seat, because the ball can affect someone”, he underlined.

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