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Corentin Moutet has hit back after being fired from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) after a series of outbursts at referees and incidents on the pitch. The French newspaper L’Equipe suggests the 23-year-old has had his funding withdrawn due to his controversial personality on the ATP Tour in recent months.
The FFT confirmed to L’Equipe: “Corentin’s behavior on the court does not correspond to the values that the FFT wishes to convey. We cannot stand this type of behavior. Number five in the French ATP ranking, Corentin Moutet can no longer count on the financial support of the Federation.
Following the 23-year-old’s first-round victory over Britain’s Cam Norrie in front of his home fans at the Paris Masters, the FFT tweeted the result of his match. “He takes us until the end of the night. Corentin Moutet wins in 3 sets 6-3 5-7 7-6 (3) at the #RolexParisMasters.
Since they no longer support him financially, this prompted Moutet to sarcastically respond, “Thank you for your support.” The world number 64 has also been banned from using FFT coaches following a series of incidents this year, including a fight on the ground at the Orleans Challenger.
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Moutet and Adrian Andreev were involved in a heated altercation after their match at the Orleans Open in France. The Frenchman had just been beaten in three sets before bizarre scenes occurred at the net as the two players went to shake hands.
The two men held hands for a moment and exchanged words. Moutet then appeared to push his shoulder at Andreev, who responded by shouting at the Frenchman. A war of words continued as the pair made their way to the side of the field before Andreev shoved Moutet. The latter then retaliated by pushing his hand back on Andreev.
They exchanged several pushes and the referee was forced to intervene. The referee could be seen trying to come between the two players and gently pull them away from each other as boos could be heard in the crowd. The ATP investigated the incident and handed both men stiff fines of £8,734 (€10,000) while Moutet was charged an additional £4,367 (€5,000) for his off-field behavior after the incident.
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Unfortunately for Moutet, his Paris Masters campaign ended in defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(3), 6-3 in the Round of 16.
Moutet, who tied the biggest win of his career by beating Norrie in an early Thursday morning match, was making his first appearance in the third round of an ATP Masters 1000.