Tennis stars come to blows by barging and shoving each other as umpire steps in
Politeness and tennis etiquette certainly vanished as two players were involved in a pushing match before being separated by the umpire at the Open d'Orleans in France.
Number one seed for the ATP Challenge Tour event Corentin Moutet was infuriated by Bulgarian opponent Adrian Andreev during their match, claiming his rival said 'f*** you' twice while looking into his eyes and allegedly threatened him – and asking for the French player to meet him off the court afterwards.
World number 247 Andreev came back from a set down to win the bad tempered last-16 match 2-6, 7-6, 7-6. Afterwards the pair went in for a traditional handshake resulting in an angry exchange of words and the pair bumping shoulders.
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The argument continued with pushes before the players were separated by the umpire. Moutet took to Instagram to give his side of the story which led to the incident that was met with boos by the French crowd.
He wrote: "I don't want to apologise for what happened late in the game. When a player allows himself to say 'f*** you' twice while looking me in the eye, I can't help but make him understand in my own way that these are not things that are done.
"He threatened me and asked me to wait for him at the exit of the court, something I did of course. I had trouble finding him for 10 minutes. Indeed he was hidden on the other side behind six security people.
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"I heard your threats so when you get out of the room they hid you in I will be very happy to see you carry them out. So I'm waiting for you impatiently, we can talk calmly."
Moutet had received a wildcard invitation for the tournament in his home country and was left frustrated by his early exit in the tournament. It was the second time the pair had met with Andreev also winning in Genoa earlier this month.
"I did my best," Moutet added. "I would have liked to go further to honour it (the wildcard selection) better. I'm sorry for it."
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