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‘You are a terrible player’: Tennis sportsmanship battle spills off court, onto Twitter

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Yulia Putintseva, Coco Vandeweghe. (Getty Images)

These are fine days we're living in, friends. Spats between athletes don't end when they leave the court. No, they can go on and on for days ... and we're all invited to participate.

The scene: a Brussels Open qualifier between No. 99-ranked Coco Vandeweghe and No. 105-ranked Yulia Putintseva. The 18-year-old Putintseva won, 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, and according to Vandeweghe, was not exactly sporting in her postgame comments.

Vandeweghe, the niece of former NBA'er Kiki Vandeweghe (yes, Kiki and Coco), took to Twitter to explain:

Ah, but Putintseva has her own Twitter account, and she responded in kind. So did she say what Vandeweghe said, or not? The jury remains out:

As For The Win notes, this isn't the first time Putintseva has been accused of poor sportsmanship, having been cited during Grand Slam events for conduct unbecoming. So, you know, bear that in mind.

Bottom line: Twitter wars are much better than tennis ones. Even if they don't make quite as much sense.

-Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.-

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