Maria may sue over perceived injustice in Cornet loss

PARIS • Germany's Tatjana Maria is considering legal action after her controversial defeat by Alize Cornet at Roland Garros, insisting the Frenchwoman broke the rules over treatment for cramping.

Cornet cramped up in her right leg during the second set tie-break of her second-round clash against Maria on Thursday.

She needed a medical timeout as well as regular treatment from the physio throughout the third set of the tie which Cornet won.

But Maria insists the rules, which forbid treatment for cramping, were broken while she was equally furious that the trainer and the tournament superviser physically helped Cornet to her chair after she collapsed in agony on the court.

Maria claims that Cornet also exceeded the 20-second rule between points as she tried to ride out the cramping.

"We want this (legal action) because it was simply not fair in the match. I think that's important for the sport. It's not about the defeat. I accept that," the 28-year-old Maria told SID agency, a subsidiary of AFP.

Maria said her husband Charles Edouard had already consulted a French lawyer with expertise in sports litigation.

There are more meetings planned in the coming days, she added.

However, she admitted that they are not certain who they will sue - the International Tennis Federation, the WTA or the French Open.

Maria said she would not pursue action against Cornet.

The German added she had received widespread backing for her complaints from other players in the dressing room.

"Even French players have told me that they are behind me. That was nice to hear, because the defeat hurt,"the world No. 111 said.

Cornet insisted she did not seek treatment for cramping but had developed pain in her left hip and called for the trainer before completing her 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 win.

Maria had a degree of revenge for her loss when she teamed up with Madison Brengle of the United States to defeat Cornet and Poland's Magda Linette in their second-round doubles match on Friday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 29, 2016, with the headline 'Maria may sue over perceived injustice in Cornet loss'. Print Edition | Subscribe