Watch: Bizarre scene as player is out of Playford after being hit with racket in head

Benjamin Lock had a racket land directly into his head in Playford.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Bizarre scene as player is out of Playford after being hit with racket in head
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World No 346 Benjamin Lock has been forced to withdraw from the Playford Challenger after being in the head with Li Tu's racket that slipped out of the Australian's hand. Lock and Tu, both scheduled to compete at this week's Playford Challenger, were together on the practice court just before their matches.

In a video posted on X, the moment when Tu's racket slips out of his hand and lands directly into the head of Lock can be seen. As a result of the hit, 30-year-old Lock had to withdraw from his Playford first-round match against Chak Wong.

Lock withdraws from Playford, Tu loses in the round-of-16

While Lock was forced to miss Playford as a result of a very unfortunate situation, Tu appeared at the tournament and clinched a win before exiting the event.

Lu - who represents Australia - beat Zachary Viiala 7-5 6-2 in his Playford opener. After beating Viiala, Lu's Playford campaign in the round-of-16 after Taro Daniel handed the Australian a 6-1 6-2 loss. Tu got off to a pretty rough start to the match as Daniel claimed back-to-back breaks in the second and fourth games and led 5-0 after the opening five games of the match.

After a very rough start to the match, Tu served out the sixth game to love to finally get on the board. However, it didn't change much as Daniel routinely served out for the first set in the following game. After easily winning the first set, Daniel also started the second set with back-to-back breaks and a 3-0 lead.

In the fourth game of the second set, Tu had his first break points but Daniel saved all two of the Australian's break points to go 4-0 up. In the following game, Daniel earned his third break of the set for a 5-0 lead. Down by a set and three breaks, Tu refused to quit as he got one break back in the sixth game and served out the seventh game to cut the deficit to 2-5. But Daniel was able to keep his focus and serve out for the match in the eighth game.

Benjamin Lock