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Australian Open

Coco Vandeweghe in hot water after 10th seed goes bananas at fruitless Australian Open in Melbourne

American hit with code violation for refusing to play until she had been provided with fruit

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 January, 2018, 8:41pm
UPDATED : Monday, 15 January, 2018, 8:48pm

Ailing American 10th seed Coco Vandeweghe lost the plot over a lack of bananas as she was dumped out in straight sets in the first round on Monday.

“I’m waiting for the bananas,” she told chair umpire Fergus Murphy after the first set when asked why she wasn’t ready to play.

“Why should I feel uncomfortable because the court is ill-prepared?”

After around another minute some fruit was brought and Vandeweghe, who said she hadn’t practised for four days because of a flu bug, ate it – and was then hit with a code violation for delaying the match.

It couldn’t give her an energy boost as she slumped to a 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 defeat to Hungary’s Time Babos.