- The usually peaceful sport of tennis has been brought into disrepute following the actions of two players recently
- France's Corentin Moutet and Bulgaria's Adrian Andreev got into an altercation after a match
- It appeared that Moutet was prepared and determined to antagonise Andreev throughout the encounter
An ugly scene has marred the sport of tennis, usually renowned for its non-confrontational nature.
Frenchman Corentin Moutet and his Bulgarian opponent Adrian Andreev got into an altercation following an Orleans Challenger round of 16 match in France. Andreev had just won the encounter 2-6, 7-6 and 7-6 when the incident occurred.
Tennis World USA reported that Moutet had been intent on getting under Andreev's skin from the get-go, attempting to hit him with the ball during their rather testy pre-match warm-up.
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Eurosport reported that two then started shoving each other after squaring up following the match, with footage of the bust-up going viral on social media.
"“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.”
The Association of Tennis Professionals fined Andreev €10 000, while Moutet was slapped with a heavier €15 000 for his behaviour after the match.
Shocking footage emerges of teenage French tennis player slapping Ghanaian opponent after match in Accra
The world of tennis is in uproar after a video emerged of a teenage French tennis player smacking his Ghanaian opponent, after an International Tennis Federation juniors tournament match in Ghana.
As reported by Sports Brief, 15-year-old Michael Kouame had just been defeated by hometown favourite Raphael Nii Ankrah 2-6, 7-6 and 6-7 in the first round of the tournament, held in the capital Accra, when the incident occurred.
Kouame waited for the 16-year-old Ankrah to approach him at the net for the customary handshake, before slapping him with his left hand as the latter reached out.