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French Open doubles pair disqualified after female player hits ball girl in the head with the ball




A doubles pair were defaulted at Roland Garros on Sunday after Japanese player Miyu Kato hit a ball girl in the head with a ball.

Kato and her Indonesian partner Aldila Sutjiadi, number 16, led Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo 7-6(1), 1-3 in the third round of the women’s doubles when the Japanese player slapped the ball down the court at the end of a point.

Unaware that the ball was coming, the ball girl was hit squarely on the head and started crying, reports Breaking News.

Initially, the referee warned Kato, but when the Czech Bouzkova and the Spaniard Sorribes Tormo pointed out the fate of the girl, the supervisor and the referee were called in 14th place.

Kato apologized to the ball girl and lengthy discussions ensued before the decision was made to disqualify the pair, who looked incredulous at the boos from the crowd, reports Breaking News.

The incident came a day after Mirra Andreeva, 16, admitted she feared being fired after angrily throwing a ball into the crowd during their singles match with Coco Gauff, reports Breaking News.

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