The tennis world is stunned after one player won all 48 points against his unknown opponent to win a ‘Golden Match’.
A ‘golden match’ rarely occurs in tennis and for good reason, a player must win every point of every game to record a double bagel.
And this is exactly what occurred in a televised match at the M15 event in Doha.
Thailand’s Krittin Koaykul defeated Ukraine’s Artem Bahmet 6-0, 6-0 and won every point to achieve the incredible feat in 22 minutes.
Koaykul beats Bahmet 6-0 6-0 in Doha, golden match, 48/48 points, here’s the last few pic.twitter.com/DVcIZos47u— Harry (@stokaljona) December 9, 2019
Bahmet’s level of play had many questioning why he was at an ITF event when he clearly seemed wildly out of his depth.
Damn, it is not a joke! 😳😳 Still hope for all of us 😂🎾 pic.twitter.com/1dmdJMT3Ap— Claus Westergaard (@ClausWestergaa2) December 9, 2019
So weird. ITF will surely have to change their criteria for entering tournaments (and ban him for life).— BetConnect (@betconnect) December 9, 2019
Did he pay for a wildcard this is disgusting to watch— Ryan Cowling (@The_LIVESCORES) December 9, 2019
But when tournaments don’t fill a qualifying draw, they can open it up to paid entrants with an ITF membership or an International Player Identification Number.
But Koaykul probably couldn’t believe his fortune in the first round of qualifying when Bahmet strolled onto the court and nearly just as quickly walked back off.