Doubles team at the 2023 French Open is disqualified after Miyu Kato strikes the ball girl with the ball
After Miyu Kato of Japan struck a ball girl with a ball during a match at the French Open, a women’s doubles team was disqualified.
When Kato tossed a ball across the court to the ball girl during a point, it struck her shoulder and caused her to appear upset.
The umpire first warned Kato, but they were later disqualified after objections from rivals Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo.
Aldila Sutjiadi, Kato’s Indonesian girlfriend, consoled her as she left the court in tears.
Kato apologized to the ball lady after the Japanese-Indonesian team attempted to convince French Open officials that the incident had been an accident.
The event was contrasted by a court official to Novak Djokovic’s exclusion from the 2020 US Open, who said: “If you hit someone and they get hurt, then you’re guilty for that action. Even if you don’t mean it, you still have to take responsibility for what you did.
In their third-round match, Czech Bouzkova and Spaniard Sorribes had won the first set 7-6 (7-1), but were down 3-1 in the second set when the incident occurred.
The 16th seeds were disqualified, and the audience criticized the decision as they left the court to cheers.