A Brussels Open qualifier between WTA up-and-comers Coco Vandeweghe and Yulia Putintseva went far beyond the court boundaries and onto Twitter recently.
Even though the 105-ranked Putintseva won the match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, it was Vandeweghe’s comments on Twitter that took the match into overtime.
“I’ve never played a person with worst sportsmanship… Putintseva…”
Vandeweghe, the niece of former NBA’er Kiki Vandeweghe (yes, Kiki and Coco), added:
“Her exact words were ‘You are a terrible player only serve. I win all the rallies’ that comment is totally uncalled for…”
Putintseva later tweeted in return that she was “surprised” at how a person could act that way after losing.
“And by the way saw a twit of Coco… Wont comment much!Really surprise that people can act like that after losing to younger player:p”
“…i think she is angry coz before the match she thought that im not her level of player:p lol”
She also cleared up accusations of unsportsmanlike conduct, saying:
“And by the way no matter who is at the other side i am respecting that person! And always shaking hand in the end of the match!”
Thanks to the magic of Twitter, tennis fans around the world can now follow the match into overtime. Forget “Jersey Shore,” this level of reality entertainment is unbeatable.
In this case, it appears Putintseva won the rally again…