Cameron Norrie blasts 'horrendous' call in bizarre French Open ruling

The tennis world couldn't quite work out the call at the French Open.

Cameron Norrie (pictured left) had a point taken away from him for hindrance during his match against Benoit Paire at the French Open. (@JoseMorgado/Getty Images)
Cameron Norrie (pictured left) had a point taken away from him for hindrance during his match against Benoit Paire at the French Open. (@JoseMorgado/Getty Images)

British player Cameron Norrie has called out the chair umpire's rare call of 'hindrance' during his epic victory over Benoit Paire at Roland Garros. Norrie was up against a raucous crowd on Court Suzanne-Lenglen with the tennis fans getting behind the hometown hopeful

And things became heated in arguably the best match of round 1 when Norrie had a point taken away for hindrance. The match was a in a pivotal stage at 1-1 and Norrie serving at 30-30.

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Norrie hit a shot and claimed he grunted. However, chair umpire Nico Helworth claimed Norrie had yelled, 'Yeah' after his forehand.

"I consider what you shouted now as hindrance," Helworth told Norrie. "The ball was still in play, that is what it sounded like to me."

This didn't sit well with the British player who argued that he was grunting. "I just grunted. No?" Norrie said. However, Helworth wasn't convinced.

"You didn't grunt before. For me that sounded like you said, 'yeah', he added. "I might be wrong, but..."

Paire went on to break and take the second set after Norrie's momentum was halted. The incident baffled viewers with many attempting to work out what the chair umpire heard that could be seen so serious as to penalise Norrie a point.

Cameron Norrie hits out at hindrance call

Following the match, Norrie addressed the drama and said he couldn't quite work out why he was penalised at such a crucial time. "I didn't know why he called it. I think Benoit thought it was for him. I think both of us were confused. It was for sure a grunt," Norrie said.

"It was a big point, 30-all, I don't know why he thought it was necessary to get involved was a big point and it ultimately changed the momentum of the match. It was strange. He must have thought I had said something. For me to get involved there was absurd."

Despite the loss, the French crowd rewarded Paire's five-set effort with a huge applause after the match. Norrie will now face another Frenchman in Lucas Pouille in the second round.

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Norrie has recently courted drama in Italy after he whacked Novak Djokovic with an overhead smash when the World No.3 had hit back turned at the net. This prompted an angry response from Djokovic after the match.

"I did watch the replay when he hit me," Djokovic said after the match in Rome. "Maybe you could say he didn't hit me deliberately. I don't know if he saw me. Peripherally you can always see where the player is positioned on the court. The ball was super slow and super close to the net. I just turned around because the point was over for me.

Cameron Norrie celebrates a point against Benoit Paire.
Cameron Norrie (pictured) defeated Benoit Paire in a French Open classic. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

"It was not so much maybe about that, it was maybe about that, but it was maybe a combination of things. From the very beginning he was doing all the things that were allowed.

"He's allowed to take a medical timeout. He's allowed to hit a player. He's allowed to say 'come on' in the face more or less every single point from basically the first game.

"Those are the things that we players know in the locker room it's not fair play, it's not how we treat each other. But, again it's allowed so..."

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