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Wickmayer Defaulted from Clearwater Pro Tennis After Hitting Linesperson

Posted on March 4, 2009

In an unusual pro tennis happening over the weekend in Florida, Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer was defaulted from both the singles and doubles final at the $50,000 ITF Clearwater Challenger.

Wickmayer reportedly smacked an out service by opponent Julie Coin, hitting the ball backwards where a linesperson was standing. The linesperson was hit in the face/shoulder area, and Wickmayer was immediately defaulted from the singles final, and also the following doubles final she was scheduled to appear in.

Wickmayer will lose all her prize money and ranking points from the event according to ITF rules.

Prior to the incident the Belgian reportedly had issues with her temper, throwing her racquet and launching a tennis ball over the stands.

"A bit of an explanation of what happened today, since you all must have been shocked/scared/surprised," Wickmayer wrote on her website. "I'd won the first set with 6-3 and it was 1-1 in the second. Julie served out and I hit the ball backwards [towards behind the baseline], but a little bit harder than intended. All week there haven't been standing linesmen over there, but today there was one linesman. The ball accidentally hit his shoulder and I wasn't allowed to play any further. I had a very good week and I've played a couple of really good matches, so this is really sad."

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