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Coco Gauff in tears on court after arguing with French Open umpire in Iga Swiatek clash


Coco Gauff cried tears of frustration on Court Philippe-Chatrier after taking issue with one of the chair umpire’s decisions during her French Open semi-final against Iga Swiatek on Thursday.

The American was already up against it by the time of the incident, having come out on the wrong side of a one-sided first set which Swiatek won 6-2. And she must have felt like she couldn’t catch a break in the second, when a disagreement between the chair umpire and the line judge sparked boos from the crowd.

Swiatek’s serve was called out by the line judge before the chair umpire quickly overruled. Gauff felt aggrieved because she missed her return, but made contact with the ball after hearing the call from the line judge.

She felt the point should have been replayed, but it went to Swiatek regardless. “I didn’t even finish my follow through,” Gauff ranted towards the chair umpire. “[The line judge] called it before I hit it. Can you ask him?”

The umpire declined, to which Gauff responded: “[The crowd] are booing you because you’re wrong. I have the right to finish my swing. This is the second time this has happened. It’s a Grand Slam semi-final. Know the rules of the game.”

Despite Gauff’s protestations, the umpire reiterated her view that the call from the line judge wouldn’t have affected the 20-year-old’s shot. The odds were already stacked against Gauff heading into the match, given Swiatek’s superb record at Roland Garros.

The world No. 1 has won three of the last four French Open titles and has the chance to make it three in a row with victory this year. Gauff and Swiatek met in the 2022 final in Paris, with the Pole coming out on top.

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