Watch: Sofia Kenin gets warned to 'calm down' her father during Miami match

Kenin played against Katie Volynets in the Miami first round.

by Dzevad Mesic
Watch: Sofia Kenin gets warned to 'calm down' her father during Miami match
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Sofia Kenin's father Alex was seemingly going over the line with his coaching, which prompted chair umpire Miriam Bley to urge the American tennis star to "calm down" her father. 

On Wednesday, 2020 Australian Open champion Kenin was taking on fellow American Katie Volynets in the Miami first round. 

In recent years, tennis has made several changes to coaching rules as players are now allowed to receive coaching with hand signals and gestures. To some extent, verbal coaching is also allowed. 

But during a tight Miami first-round match against Volynets, Alex Kenin was seemingly stepping over the allowed coaching barrier in his attempts to propel his daughter to a win. 

"Sofia, your father is talking a lot today. He needs to calm down a little bit," chair umpire Bley could be heard telling Kenin.

Kenin ended up losing to Volynets

After getting warned to calm down her father, former world No. 4 lost in three sets as Volynets - who previously won two qualifying matches to reach the Miami main draw - beat the 2020 Australian Open champion 6-2 4-6 6-3.

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Through the opening three games of the match, Kenin led 2-1 but without a break. Then, Volynets went on a major run, winning the next seven games to open a 6-2 2-0 lead. 

Kenin managed to get the break back in the fourth game and tie the second set to two games apiece but then got broken again in the fifth game and went 3-2 up in the set. Down by a set and a break again, Kenin impressively responded, claiming back-to-back breaks and winning four games in a row to overturn the second-set deficit and force a decider.

In the third set, Kenin got broken in the fifth game but got the break back instantly in the following game to tie the decider to three games apiece. That was all for Kenin, who then suffered back-to-back breaks in the seventh and ninth games and went on to lose in three sets to Volynets.

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