Dan Evans and Holger Rune clash with umpire after racket smash as Brit exits French Open | Tennis | Sport

Furious Dan Evans clashed with a pigeon and the umpire before joining the British flight out of the singles at the French Open.

The British No.3 lost his sixth consecutive Tour-level match as he went down 6-4 6-4 6-4 to world No.13 Holger Rune.

And after getting his feathers ruffled by a bird under the Court Suzanne-Lenglen roof, Evans then got in a flap in the third set when the Danish No.1 disputed two calls.

First Rune, 21, challenged Spanish umpire Jaume Campistol about a code violation for racquet abuse as he got broken to trail 2-4.

And in the next game, Dane argued with Campistrol again after he over-ruled a line call during Evans’s service game before Evans agreed to replay the point. Rune then broke back.

During the next changeover, Evans raged: “He doesn’t need a conversation on my serve. Let the f****** match play.

“Do your job! You don’t have to have a conversation with him. It’s twice in two games.”

When Campistrol told Evans he had a point, the world No.62 responded: “I know I have a point. You don’t have a point. I have the point.”

“F******, you are talking to each other like children. You don’t need an explanation, you call the ball out, that’s it.

“You know, you have a duty to keep the match flowing and you’re having a conversation with him. A long one. Two long ones. It’s madness.”

Evans was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct at the Rome Masters earlier this month after clashing with umpire Mohamed Lahyani following an incorrect line-call by the Swedish official.

The British No.3 became the fifth British singles player to crash out with Katie Boulter on court later. The latest defeat for world No.62, who has only ever won one main draw match here, further damages his hopes of playing the Olympics here.

Rune is used to a rammy in Paris as he clashed with Casper Ruud after losing his 2022 quarter-final here.

But after taking his second match point when Evans framed a forehand, the Dane said: “It was fun. It was also difficult. Dan is a tricky player. I had to try and stay focused and play on my terms because he was trying to play to his strength.”

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