October 7, 2020 | 9:41am | Updated October 7, 2020 | 11:14am
Danielle Collins had a strange moment during her quarterfinal match at the French Open.
The American asked her boyfriend, Tom Couch, to leave her players box on Court Philippe Chatrier in the early stages of the second set against Sofia Kenin on Wednesday. Collins’ frustration came after she failed to convert two break points against Kenin, the No. 4 seed, who had captured the first set.
“Sit in a different spot. SIT IN A DIFFERENT SPOT. I’m distracted,” Collins said.
“I had my boyfriend move to a different spot because I was distracted by something in front of him,” Collins said. “I just wanted to be able to look at him from a different location.
“Sometimes too when I was serving the ball, I could see my team in the background, and I didn’t like that. Actually during the [Garbine] Muguruza match they sat on the side of the court, and then I really didn’t like when they were sitting behind the court when I was playing [Ons] Jabeur. Yeah, it was just a mental thing, I guess.”
Couch, who is also a trainer for Collins, headed down the steps before later re-appearing on the opposite end of the court. Collins would win the second, but failed to win a single game in the decisive third set.
Kenin, the defending Australian Open champ, will now face Petra Kvitova in the semifinals.