Tensions run high at the Challenger tennis event in France when Corentin Moutet and Adrian Andreev BARGE and PUSH each other and the referee has to separate them in front of a shocked crowd, after the Bulgarian allegedly said ‘f*** you’ to the French .
- Two players have to be separated by the referee after reaching hands at the net.
- The lowest ranked player Adrian Andreev beat Corentin Moutet 2-6 7-6 7-6
- Andreev alleges that Moutet said ‘f*** you’ to him on two occasions in the match
Rarely considered one of the most confrontational sports, tennis players Adrian Andreev and Corentin Moutet seemed to drop the mask when they nearly came to blows at the Open d’Orleans in France on Thursday.
Bulgarian Andreev, ranked 247th in the world, beat Frenchman Moutet, ranked 64th, 2-6, 7-6, 7-6 before the referee had to split the two players at the end of the match .
In footage filmed from the stands at the end of the event, both players approached and reached for the net in the traditionally affable manner expected of tennis stars.
However, it was when the players began to get closer that the traditional well-mannered hug was not going to work in the way that the authorities or the tennis fans wanted.
When Andreev and Moutet hugged, they both held on too tightly, leading to bumping shoulders. As they continued to hold hands as they moved along the net towards the umpire’s chair, the two players exchanged words.
Moutet, in a post-loss interview, told the press that the Bulgarian Andreev had said ‘f*** you’ to him twice. It is not clear if one of these cases took place on the network.
The two players came to blows at the net after a hard-fought match that the Bulgarian won
For a few seconds, it looked like the incident might boil over with both players raising their arms at each other.
Andreev continued to say things to Moutet that the Frenchman took issue with as he pushed his opponent once more. As neither player seemed willing to back down, the referee was forced to intervene as he split the two up before the incident became more serious.
Posting on social media after his loss, Moutet lamented his opponent’s behavior throughout the match, saying Andreev “threatened” him.
Adrian Andreev and Corentin Moutet saw their post-match hug almost turn into a full-fledged brawl before the referee intervened.
The two continued the barge having passed the net before the referee jumped.
“I don’t want to apologize for what happened at the end of the game,” the world number 64 wrote.
“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 pitch… which I did, of course I have trouble finding him for 10 minutes.
The quick intervention of the referee prevented the players -and the event- from having a great embarrassment.
“In fact, he was hiding on the other side behind 6 security people.”
“I heard your threats, so when you come out of the room they hid you in, I will be very happy to see you carry them out,” he added. ‘So I’m waiting for you impatiently, we can talk calmly.’
Moutet, who was seeded first for the tournament after receiving a wild card, apologized to organizers for his early departure.
“I did my best, I would have liked to go further to honor him better,” he said. I am sorry.
Andreev, ranked 247th in the world, emerged victorious after dumping the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
Moutet, ranked 64th in the world and pictured competing in the fourth round of the US Open this year, has apologized to event organizers for his departure.