Tsitsipas and Moutet engage in a war of words at an event in France

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(Reuters) – Players are allowed to show more emotion during the Ultimate Tennis Showdown (UTS) than is normally allowed on the Tour and Frenchman Corentin Moutet did not hold back during a verbal exchange angry during his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 500 – Dubai Tennis Championships – Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – February 29, 2020 Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in action during his final match against Serbian Novak Djokovic REUTERS / Ahmed Jadallah

Matches at UTS, co-owned by Patrick Mouratoglou, longtime coach of Serena Williams, consist of four 10-minute shifts, with a two-minute break between them, and the player with the most points wins the quarter.

Moutet, ranked 75th in the world, saw a 2-0 lead in the match and lost his temper in the fourth quarter, accusing the father and coach of his opponent, Apostolos, of being disrespectful when speaking when he was preparing to serve.

The players began a lively discussion on the field while Apostolos watched before the referee intervened and asked the players to resume play.

“I won’t talk about Stefanos, because he’s a good guy. But it’s just that (his) father is stupid, everyone thinks he’s stupid, ”Moutet told commentators during the break. “He talks when I serve, all the time. It is not respectful. ”

The argument doesn’t seem to have bothered Tsitsipas too much, as he tied the game 2-2 and then won it in a sudden death.

“I have had experience with this in the past. I don’t want to say more, but I don’t see why there should be a problem, “said world number six men’s Tsitsipas.

“My father tries to encourage me before the service and he doesn’t really interrupt me. My opponent makes a big deal out of it. ”

Tsitsipas, Richard Gasquet, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin have reserved their seats in the semi-finals of the tournament, which takes place without fans at the Mouratoglou Academy in Nice, France.

Dominic Thiem, world number three, was the highest ranked player of the tournament before the Austrian went to the event he organized in Kitzbühel.

Report by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; edited by Christian Radnedge

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