French Open controversy as Irina-Camelia Begu leaves child in tears after throwing racket

A LITTLE BOY was left in tears after a red-faced Romanian lobbed a racket into the French Open crowd.

Irina-Camelia Begu chucked the equipment in a rage against a water box while she was 2-0 down in the third set of her second-round match.

The racket bounced violently into the stands of court 13.

And though it did not hit the youngster directly, he was left distraught and startled by the incident.

World No63 Begu was lucky not to be defaulted.

But she did receive a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after consultation with a tournament supervisor.

Bucharest-born Begu, 31, later apologised and posed for a photo with the kid and his parents.

The unseeded star remains in the French Open following her 6-7 6-3 6-4 comeback win over Russian No30 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Begu said: “It’s an embarrassing moment for me. I just want to apologise.

“In my whole career I haven’t done something like this and I feel really bad and sorry. Sorry for the incident.

“It was a difficult moment because I didn’t want to hit that racket.

“You hit the clay with the racket but you never expect to fly that much.”

Fuming Alexandrova said: “I am so disappointed to leave Roland Garros like that.

“I was trying to do my best but seems like the rules were against me.

“This shouldn’t be happening.

“I hope after today’s match rules will be improved for everyone’s safety. We are responsible for our racket.”

Journalists and viewers on social media could not believe Begu avoided disqualification and was allowed to carry on.

Photographer Ella Ling added: “I was there. Absolutely beggars belief how she was allowed to continue playing. Horrible.”