Tennis News: Corentin Moutet of France and Adrian Andreev of Bulgaria engaged in a physical altercation after their Round of 16 matches at the Orleans Challenger competition. The top-seeded Moutet was shocked by Andreev, who is rated 247th in the world, 2-6 7-6 (7-3) 7-6. (7-2). At the post-match handshake, however, things between the two players became ugly as Moutet and Andreev fought for a time while holding one other’s hands. However, before they engaged in physical contact, Andreev appeared to bump Moutet. After that, Moutet yelled at Andreev and angrily prodded the Bulgarian.
The chair umpire was forced to step in and stop the altercation from getting worse as the players continued to argue with one another.
Corentin Moutet et Adrian Andreev qui en viennent aux mains après la défaite du Français au Challenger d'Orléans. 😳
— Univers Tennis 🎾 (@UniversTennis) September 29, 2022
“I don’t desire to apologise for what transpired toward the end of the game. When a player looks me in the eye and screams “f*** you” twice, I am compelled to explain to him in my own way that this is not acceptable “After the game, Moutet posted on social media.
In terms of the match, Moutet got off to a solid start by breaking Andreev early on to establish a 3-0 lead.
To win the opening set 6-2, the Frenchman then turned away three break points.
Moutet and Andreev traded breaks in the second set. Moutet took a 3-1 lead in the tie-break until Andreev scored six straight points to win the second set 7-6. (7-3).
Similar circumstances played out in the third set, as defeated the Frenchman by winning five straight games in the tie-break.