Video: Caroline Garcia displays great sportsmanship during match in Guadalajara, overrules umpire's decision

Friday, 22 September 2023 at 04:00
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In a moment that reflected her kindhearted character, Caroline Garcia showed an exemplary act of sportsmanship during her third-round match at the 2023 Guadalajara Open Akron event.
The third seed was locked in a clash with American Hailey Baptiste, who had upset former World No.1 Karolina Pliskova in the previous round. After claiming the opening set 7-5, the Frenchwoman was down a break in the second.

Garcia chooses to replay point after successful challenge

During the sixth game of the second set, Garcia won a baseline exchange by firing a smash winner that hit the outside of the line. Initially, it was called out by the line umpire, but after requesting a Hawk-Eye review, Garcia's challenge was successful, and the chair umpire Cecilia Alberti rescinded the original call, judging that Garcia had won the point with a clean winner.
However, Baptiste protested that she had actually played the point and was going to 'make' the ball after the smash, saying, 'I could have put the backhand anywhere I wanted.' The umpire was adamant about her call and refused to change her decision.
As Baptiste and the chair umpire exchanged words, Garcia interjected and asked for the point to be replayed, overturning the Hawk-Eye's decision by the umpire. The fans applauded the French player, and the TV match commentators praised Garcia for her lovely gesture.
Garcia would go on to win the next four points to get the break back, before eventually closing out the match with a 7-5 6-4 victory.

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