Great Britain’s Dan Evans slammed and mocked his French Open opponent as he didn't take it well after Matwe Middelkoop didn't believe him on a call. The things became heated in the third set when Middelkoop and Marcelo Demoliner claimed the ball hit Evans, which the Briton denied.
But Middelkoop wasn't believing in it -- Evans then stood up at the change of ends to confront the Dutch -- but the chair umpire stepped in to separate. "I'd say I'm pretty fair," Evans said, per Sports Mole.
"For me that there is as good as calling me a cheat, which is disgusting. And I won't let that go and that's why I told him when we went 5-2 up. "Some of these guys seem to be happy to give it out to us but don't like it when it comes back their way and I've no issues with doing that.
I was pretty angry on the court. I don't like that. "There's one thing that us Brits are is too fair in my opinion. I would say if it hit me. I don't think it hit me. "They won the point so I don't see what the big deal is.
It's embarrassing chat from the pair of them. It's desperation in my opinion. I'm still seething."
Evans then appeared to mock Middelkoop
Evans and his partner Hubert Hurkacz ended up beating Middelkoop and Demoliner 7-6 (2) 3-6 7-5.
"There's plenty of time to think about it," added Evans. "A few more weeks until he plays again, poor kid." Meanwhile, France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert was disappointed after losing in five sets to Alexander Zverev and seeing only one Frenchman remaining in the French Open main draw.
"I'm really disappointed about that, for sure. I would have loved to be in the third round and try to go further in the draw, because, yeah, we had amazing guys for the last past 15, 20 years that have been always present in the second weeks of Grand Slams with Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon, Richard Gasquet, Gael Monfils and others, playing amazing tennis.
Yes, I feel so disappointed right now not being able to follow up on their amazing results," Herbert said on only Frenchman remaining in the French Open main draw, per Ravi Ubha. "Yeah, that's, for me, the saddest part.
I think I disappointed a lot of people watching also tonight, because I felt like I had it in my racket and I should have won that one."