Tennis-Open-Frenchman Llodra involved in spat with umpire

Reuters

Mon, 23 May 20:12:00 2011

France's Michael Llodra got involved in a spat with the umpire at the French Open on Monday and went on to suffer a first-round defeat by Belgian Steve Darcis.

Llodra, the 22nd seed, complained that a fan was moving around in the stands and lost his temper with umpire Mohamed El Jennati, who gave him a warning.

"I don't think the umpire was doing his job," Llodra told a news conference after the 6-7 6-3 6-3 6-3 defeat.

"He should have called security or told that person to stop moving around. Security should have done their job.

"I mean, I had seen this person for a long time already. It's too easy to give me a warning. It was useless. And of course it's not pleasant to get a warning."

Llodra, however, said the incident was not the reason why he lost the match.

"It's something that happens in a match. That is not the reason why I lost," he said.

Organisers said they would not comment until they had fully considered the matter.

 

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