French Open -'They've been told!' - Tamara Zidansek shushes team over coaching violation fear v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Tamara Zidansek found herself in the unusual situation of having to tell her own team to be quiet in her box for concern of receiving an unintended warning for coaching. In just the previous round, and with Zidansek on the other side of the net, Paula Badosa did receive a coaching violation she strongly disagreed with and which prompted a big argument with umpire Carlos Ramos.
'They've been told!' - Zidansek shushes her team over fear of coaching violation
Tamara Zidansek was forced to shush her own team in her box during her French Open semi-final against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for fear of a coaching violation.
Impressively aware of the implications of having her team cross the line in terms of offering her coaching from the stands, Zidansek put her finger to her mouth to make it abundantly clear that she did not want to hear from them at a crucial point in the opening set.
The 23-year-old was spoken to by the umpire at a changeover due to her team being somewhat over the top and, quick to address the fear of potentially receiving a coaching violation, the Slovenian took swift action.
It is not the first case of a coaching violation presenting itself as an issue at Roland Garros this year. Indeed, in the previous round and against Zidansek, Paula Badosa was left unsettled during a changeover after a fiery exchange with umpire Carlos Ramos.
'I did nothing!' - Badosa furious with umpire over coaching violation
She was given an informal warning for, in his view, receiving coaching from up in the stands. It was an accusation from Ramos which she strongly disputed, and her side of the conversation at the changeover was as follows:
"I did nothing!
"No, what are you talking about? I'm watching at him [her coach].
"What are you talking about? Why do you invent?
"I don't know...
"What are you saying, dude?
"I'm watching at him [the coach]."
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