Tennis Today: Umpire suspended for calling ball girl ‘very sexy’ while brawl mars WTA match

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In Tennis Today, the sport’s ugly side rears its head as an umpire has been suspended for some disgraceful comments during a match while a brawl overshadowed a match at the China Open.

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What’s in the news
A tennis umpire has been suspended by the ATP over his conduct during a Challenger match between Italy’s Enrico Dalla Valle and Pedro Sousa of Portugal.

Gianluca Moscarella apparently told one of the ball girls “you are fantastic” and “very sexy” and also asked her “are you ok? It’s hot. Do you feel hot? Physically or emotionally?”

He also told one of the players “stay focused… should be 6-1, 6-1, you had 45 break points”.

Footage of some of the incidents appeared on social media and Tennis Life got the following statement from the ATP.

“We are aware of a number of incidents involving chair umpire Gianluca Moscarella during a match between Pedro Sousa and Enrico Dalla Valle at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Florence last week. Moscarella was immediately dismissed from the tournament when the matter was brought to light, and a full investigation has been initiated. Meanwhile, Moscarella has been provisionally suspended from his services as a contracted ATP Official pending the results of the investigation.”

From one disgraceful incident to another as The Sun reports that a “furious tennis fan punched and kicked ‘rival’ supporter in player’s box at WTA China Open match”.

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