Corentin Moutet and Adrian Andreev came to blows and had to be separated by the umpire following their second-round match at the Orleans Challenger.
The match had gone on with no apparent problems with Moutet winning 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(3) against Andreev. The issue began after the match when the two met at the net.
Footage shows Andreev swinging his shoulder aggressively against Moutet after the two shook hands. Moutet then shoved Andreev, which started a back and forth that required an umpire to step in and separate the two.
Laurent Raymond, Moutet’s coach said that the Frenchman would be notified if there will be any penalties following the investigation which involves talking to the umpire who was involved.
In a post on social media, Moutet said that he was not going to apologize for the incident. He also alleged that Andreev swore at him twice during their 2nd round match.
Raymond, for his part, said that he had not noticed anything amiss between the two. But he did add:
“The only difference, they faced each other a few days ago at the Genoa challenger.”
In that match, Andreev came away as the winner. And according to Raymond, Moutet had received taunting from Andreev at the net during the handshake.
But it didnt go any further, said the Coach.
Raymond has also confirmed that there has been no further interaction between the two since.
“I know they wanted to meet but there was no explanation or physical contact,” he said. “Back at the hotel, there was nothing abnormal.”