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It's a tarp! Freak accident with court covers forces French Open withdrawal

David Goffin will leave Roland Garros.

BELGIAN 10TH SEED David Goffin quit his French Open third round match today after suffering an ankle injury when he got caught up in court covers.

Goffin was leading Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos 5-4 when he chased down the ball towards the back of the Suzanne Lenglen court.

However, his right foot got horribly jammed beneath the rolled-up covers before he tumbled into the wall and a linesman’s chair.

Source: WTA-Tennis Highlights HD/YouTube

Goffin, 26, was helped from the court by two officials and retired in the locker room.

His coach Thierry van Cleemput said that Goffin had undergone an MRI scan which revealed there was no break.

“The objective is to have optimal safety for all players on the courts, and here at Roland Garros the staff is professional enough,” said van Cleemput.

“Of course they have asked themselves all of these questions (about the position of the rolled-up tarpaulin covers). I don’t think that this event will be followed by no consequences. There will be consequences.”

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