Roland-Garros: Boulonnais Atmane loses his nerve and sends a ball into the knee of a spectator

Roland-Garros: Boulonnais Atmane loses his nerve and sends a ball into the knee of a spectator
Roland-Garros: Boulonnais Atmane loses his nerve and sends a ball into the knee of a spectator

Eliminated Sunday evening in five sets shortly before midnight by Sebastian Ofner, in the first round, Terence Atmane left Roland-Garros leaving a huge feeling of waste. The Boulonnais was knocked down by his opponent even though he was leading two sets to zero and had a break in his pocket in the third set (4-2).

Even more disturbing was the attitude of the Northerner on the court who lost his nerve several times. In the fourth set, when he trailed 4-1. Atmane, following a ball announced too long by the referee, sent a half-volley with a lot of power which ended directly in the knee of a spectator, located on the opposite side of the court.

A gesture of anger, certainly involuntary, which led to more than fifteen minutes of stoppage. After a (too) long discussion with the referee, play resumed but Terence Atmane, who never came to apologize to the affected spectator, received a simple warning.

Terence Atmane, in discussion with the referee after his gesture of frustration which caused fifteen minutes of stoppage. – Photo Yann Segers

If you do something like this you must be punished

Sebastian Ofner

A decision which aroused the incomprehension of Sebastian Ofner after the meeting. “ If you do something like this you must be punishedindicated the Austrian at a press conference. On the Challenger circuit, you take incredible fines for almost nothing. You are on a Grand Slam, on a big stage, you can’t do what you want. »

He faces a fine of up to $40,000.

Very far from the controversy, Terence Atmane posted a message on his Instagram account, an hour after his defeat: “ Forever engraved in my memory!!! This defeat hurts a lot but it is only through pain that we learn the greatest lessons from this sport. I love you. »

On the other hand, it is not certain that the French Tennis Federation, which had granted a wild card to Terence Atmane, 120e world player, to join the main draw and play his first Roland-Garros, appreciated the attitude of the Boulonnais. For his uncontrolled action, Atmane also risks a heavy fine, up to $40,000.

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