Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu has apologised for her racket throw at the French Open.

Begu threw her racket on the floor at the beginning of the third set during her third-round win over Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova on Thursday. From there, it flew in a high arc onto the small spectator stand on Court 13 and lightly hit a child sitting there.

“It was an awkward moment for me, so I don’t want to say too much about it. I just want to apologise,” Begu said. After the match, she posed for a photo with the family. “In my whole career, something like this has never happened to me, so from that point of view I can only say sorry.”

Child remains unhurt

Begu received a warning but was not disqualified. Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic had been ruled out of the 2020 US Open after unintentionally hitting a lineswoman with a ball. “The Grand Slam supervisor has spoken to the parents. The parents have confirmed that the child is fine and not injured,” tournament referee Remy Azemar said in a statement explaining the decision.