Tennis star explains 'wild' on-court behaviour

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Former Australian Open semi-finalist Coco Vandeweghe has explained her bizarre behaviour astatine an ITF tourney successful the United States.

Vandeweghe, who has been ranked arsenic precocious arsenic fig 9 successful the world, was locked astatine a acceptable apiece with Ekaterine Gorgodze astatine the Koser Jewelers Tennis Challenge successful Landisville, Pennsylvania, erstwhile the lucifer was suspended owed to chaotic weather.

The American had archetypal showed signs of distress precocious successful the 2nd set, erstwhile she made small effort to instrumentality serve. After dropping the set, Vandeweghe called for a aesculapian timeout and was astir to propulsion retired with wounded earlier the lucifer was suspended owed to heat.

When conditions yet relented capable for play to resume, Vandeweghe made nary effort to lukewarm up, alternatively lasting astatine the baseline and simply batting the shot backmost towards Gorgodze.

Ash Barty and CoCo Vandeweghe observe their triumph successful the women's doubles last astatine the US Open successful 2018. (Getty)

"I've ne'er seen this successful my life. This is wild. She's going to bash conscionable capable present conscionable truthful she doesn't get successful trouble," the commentator said.

Vandeweghe has present explained precisely what was going on.

"I person been suffering from a terrible sinus corruption which is limiting my breathing," she said.

"Late successful the 2nd acceptable I besides began experiencing symptoms of vigor exhaustion. My full assemblage was cramping intensely and I had utmost nausea."

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 07: Coco Vandeweghe of the United States returns a changeable to Darija Jurak of Croatia and Andreja Klepac of Slovenia successful the doubles semifinals connected time 6 of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic astatine Spartan Tennis Complex connected August 07, 2021 successful San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) (Getty)

Vandeweghe said she utilized the suspension of play to question attraction from the on-site aesculapian staff, who did a large occupation rehydrating her and bringing her somesthesia down, but the 29-year-old told the umpire she didn't privation to warm-up erstwhile play resumed.

Instead, she suggested Gorgodze warm-up with her coach, which is allowed nether the rules.

Rain forced the lucifer to beryllium suspended and moved to the pursuing day, but the American recovered she was inactive incapable to compete.

"I attempted a lukewarm up this greeting and decided to retreat erstwhile I realised that I was incapable to vie with each of my ability.

"I had zero volition of ever disrupting play."

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