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Catfight! Vandeweghe Calls Out Putintseva

Source: Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe

They may only be ranked 99 and 105 in the world, but Coco Vandeweghe and Yulina Putintseva made headlines after their three set match in Brussels Open qualifying.

Putintseva c'moned and fist pumped her way to a win over Vandeweghe, but she was not satisfied with letting her racket do the talking. Vandeweghe claimed on Twitter that her 18 year old opponent insulted her after the match.

It wasn't long before Putintseva saw the tweets and wrote her own reply.

 

The Kazakh player's behaviour has landed her in hot water before. She received a code violation for profanity and a point penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct at the 2011 US Open. She's known for smashing rackets, fist pumping double faults and errors, and she has a father that encourages her behaviour. Putintseva may have mentioned her youth in her tweet, but that's no excuse for her acting like she does.

According to tennis.com, the WTA is looking into whether Putintseva or her father can be fined for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Reader Comments (2)

The WTA and USTA are at fault for allowing Yulia and her fathers to act the way they do on the court. It starts in juniors. In juniors the kids cheat and call 'lets' if they cannot return the
first serve; they cheat on line calls; many openly state that the 'grunt' extra loud to distract their
opponent. I witnessed this at a junior event in San Diego, and the officials do nothing about it.
Many of these parents are hoping that if their kids do not immediately go pro, that the get a free college education. Ban the kids for a year from tournaments if they act this way. Ban the parents (many times its the fathers) who yell out things at opponents, correct the lines persons after their cheating whore kids have 'hooked' many calls.
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAriel
Junior tennis is a disgrace. In Cali the SCTA/USTA governing staff have allowed cheating to ruin the sport. Tennis is now for the kids who are not good in traditional sports and have rich parents (who cheated in college). Without Venus and Serena American tennis would not be followed.

#Do something about the cheaters and grunters!
May 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDale

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