TACTICS QUESTIONED: The father of French player Caroline Garcia has been accussed of using illegal hand gestures to coach her during her loss to Britain's Johanna Konta at Wimbledon.
TACTICS QUESTIONED: The father of French player Caroline Garcia has been accussed of using illegal hand gestures to coach her during her loss to Britain's Johanna Konta at Wimbledon. Tim Ireland

Dad accused of illegally coaching daughter in loss

FRANCE'S Caroline Garcia is embroiled in an illegal coaching storm after her Wimbledon defeat to Johanna Konta.

After dealing with a rabidly partisan crowd in a 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-4 loss to Australian defector Konta, Garcia was hammered by British journalists over her father and coach Louis Paul's behaviour.

Despite repeatedly denying her father was cheating by using hand gestures, Garcia was pushed to the limit in a post-match interview.

After repeated questioning over her father's hand signals during the match, Garcia snapped: "Oh, my gosh.

"OK, I didn't see any of this, so I'm sorry. When I watch at my dad, I just want to catch his eye, nothing more.

"You probably saw way better than me because the TV is focused on him, but when I watch my dad, I just turn my head to him, nothing more.

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Britain's Johanna Konta of Britain celebrates winning against Caroline Garcia during their fourth round match at Wimbledon.
Britain's Johanna Konta of Britain celebrates winning against Caroline Garcia during their fourth round match at Wimbledon. GERRY PENNY

"No, he's not going to make any difference on one match like this, for sure.

"Even sometimes on the WTA Tour when there is (legal) coaching and they can come on court, it's not making any difference, either, because maybe you have one minute to talk and it's not making any difference.

"So like 20, 30m away, what do you want him to do?

"I don't know what can I say to you?

"I mean, I know there is a lot of coaching on court. We are sometimes talking sometimes to just trying to push a player, trying to improve, trying to find the most as you can, trying to improve every single point.

"So maybe sometimes there is something we can go wrong, but he is not trying to coaching me like the wrong way."

Former Aussie Konta moves through to tomorrow's quarter-finals against Simona Halep from Romania.

News Corp Australia


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