Can you hear me now? An 8-year-old girl was ejected from a recent tennis tournament because it was discovered she had on a hidden earpiece.
LARRY BROWN SPORTS lobs up the sad story of Anastasiya Korzh, a young gal competing in a New Zealand tournament. Apparently young Ana was having trouble keeping her own score & refereeing her own matches. Luckily, dad Demetri came to the rescue.
Ana’s father had fitted her with an earpiece “concealed under a thick headband”, while he stood on the sidelines & transmitted instructions to her daughter during the match.
Officials discovered the device & disqualified Ana from the tournament. However, her dad defended his electronic actions:
Players in the under-10 grade are supposed to keep their own score and referee their own games but Korzh said he turned to technology on the third day of the tournament after noticing a number of suspicious calls and realising his daughter was having trouble keeping score.
“It was obvious girls were taking advantage of Ana because she was playing for the first time,” he said.
But Ana wasn’t getting any sympathy from tourney officials. As Demetri points out, “They said if she’s too young to keep score she shouldn’t be playing.”
Well, they do have a point. But it could have been more embarrassing for Ana. At least she wasn’t thrown out for grunting too loud.