The gray area around medical time outs in tennis continues to frustrate players and fans.
Amanda Anisimova was the latest to be accused of calling for the trainer as a tactical move when she halted proceedings in the middle of a tiebreaker in her match against Donna Vekic at the Italian Open.
Anisimova won the first set and had match point in the second set before Vekic broke back to force another breaker. It was 1-1 when the American 19-year-old held up her hand and walked off court.
“Really, now?” said a frustrated Vekic.
But Anisimova launched an immediate defense, arguing blisters had appeared on her right hand.
“It just happened,” she said. “If I would have fell it would have been all of a sudden too.”
The injury didn’t stop Anisimova from claiming the second set tiebreaker and the match 7-6 7-6.
She later posted a photograph of her hand to social media to highlight the blisters.
It comes after Serena Williams was targeted by some fans after taking a medical time out to have treatment on her Achilles late in her semifinal defeat against Victoria Azarenka at the US Open.
But the injury was cited as the reason Williams is not playing in Rome.