Ash Barty’s French Open has ended, and her hip injury has reignited debates about what is fair and what is unfair.
Ash Barty’s early withdrawal from the French Open has reignited debate about the sport’s controversial medical suspension rules.
On Thursday night (Australian Eastern Standard Time), the number one player in the world was forced to withdraw from her second round match against Polish player Magda Linet. End her Roland Garros campaign.
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Batty, who won his first Grand Slam championship in Paris two years ago, Struggling with a hip injury in her first round Against Bernada Pera.
Unfortunately, that injury once again hindered her performance against Linette, and the Australian eventually evened the score at the beginning of the second set.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Barty told reporters at a post-match press conference.
“We have experienced such a brilliant clay-court season, and luck in time is more important than anything else. Some urgent things happened on the weekend and time is tight, which is disappointing. It will not take away the glorious three that we have already passed. Months, just like it hurts now.”
Batty was in extreme discomfort throughout the game. After losing the first set 6-1, she left the field for treatment.
While waiting for Barty to return from a medical timeout, Linette read her game plan notes because some fans questioned whether the momentum spoiler was unfair.
The important thing is that if the illness gets worse during the game, players who are already in physical condition can receive a medical timeout. Although Barty cannot be accused of taking advantage of the rule, calls for changes to the controversial law have resurfaced.
Former professional coach Brad Gilbert, who works as a tennis analyst at ESPN, wrote on Twitter: “I’m still struggling with injury assessments and timeouts for players to leave the court, especially when In the case of Barty Party hip injury, I will punish the players on the court. You (sic) never know how long it will last. This is not my fault, but the rules bothering me.
“Injuries should not be allowed in the middle of the game. It should cost you (sic) the cost of the game. The evaluation time has already run out of control. Just for injury time, only 3 minutes have passed.”
However, tennis reporter Mike Dixon pointed out on Twitter: “This is thanks to the top seed Batty who didn’t call the physical therapist until the end of the first set. Give it a proper go.”
The event is reminiscent of Barty lost in the Australian Open quarter-finals earlier this year, A controversial medical timeout completely reversed the match against Carolina Muchova.
When Muchova asked to check her neck, Batty was heading to the semifinals with a score of 6-1 and was resting in the second set.
After a 9-minute break, the Czech star came out of the locker room and dominated the rest of the game, finally ending Batty’s Australian Open.
“This is in full compliance with her rules,” Batty said at the time. “This should not be a major turning point for the game. I am disappointed that it has indeed become a turning point.”