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Belgian tennis star David Goffin has accused fans of spitting at him during the French Open – as he lashed out at «hooligans» who «totally disrespected» him in the five-set epic.


The Belgian tennis star lashed out at fans at the French Open after they allegedly spat at him during a match.

David Goffin, 33, overcame home favorite Giovanni Mpetshi Perricardo in the first round after a five-set epic, with the world number 115 winning 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-7 6-3.

After the three hour and 35 minute clash, Goffin – who is making his 13th appearance at Roland Garros and his best performance was a quarter-final in 2016 – signaled to the crowd on Court 14 by holding his hands behind his back. ears.

And after the Belgian had spoken, he opened his celebration and affected the behavior of those present.

«When they insult you for three and a half hours, you have to tease the public a little bit,» he said.

A Belgian tennis star hit out at fans at the French Open after they allegedly spat at him

David Goffin overcame home favorite Giovanni Mpetshi Perricardo in the first round in five sets

David Goffin overcame home favorite Giovanni Mpetshi Perricardo in the first round in five sets

Home favorite Perricard welcomed the support he received despite his narrow defeat

Home favorite Perricard welcomed the support he received despite his narrow defeat

«Obviously it goes too far, it’s completely disrespectful. It’s really too much. It’s becoming football, soon there will be smokestacks, hooligans and fights in the stands.

«It’s getting ridiculous. Some people are there to cause trouble rather than create an atmosphere.

«Someone spit gum on me. It (the match) was getting complicated. That’s why I wanted to stay calm. If I got angry about it, it could destabilize me.”

However, Perricard, who crept into the world top 100 last week after winning the Lyon Open and is a wild card at Roland Garros, welcomed the support he received.

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Speaking while unaware of the spitting incident, he said: ‘It was really nice to have such support.

“I also had a lot in Lyon, but this was different because here the guys are really with you from the first point to the last. It is really very nice to have such an audience.

«I like that they encouraged me. They helped me when I was broken in the fourth (set) and I would like to thank them for that. It’s really fantastic to have these people there.»

Meanwhile, Goffin went on to claim that several tennis stars are unhappy with their treatment at the French Open, insisting that fan behavior in Paris is far worse than at other tournaments.

After his victory, Goffin held his hands behind his ears toward the Court 14 crowd

After his victory, Goffin held his hands behind his ears toward the Court 14 crowd

Goffin has claimed that several tennis stars are unhappy with their treatment at the French Open

Goffin has claimed that several tennis stars are unhappy with their treatment at the French Open

He added: “A lot of people complain, a lot of referees feel there’s a lot of disrespect.

«This is often repeated in the dressing room and among the ATP authorities.» We’ll have to do something about it.

“I think it only happens in France. Of course it’s not at Wimbledon. Or in Australia too.

«And it’s still pretty quiet at the US Open. There is a really unhealthy atmosphere here (at Roland Garros).’



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