Saturday 22 September 2018

Watch: Tennis star Benoit Paire destroys three rackets in spectacular meltdown at the Citi Open

Benoit Paire of France smashes his tennis racket after loosing to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during the first round of the Citi Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Washington. Baghdatis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Benoit Paire of France smashes his tennis racket after loosing to Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus during the first round of the Citi Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Washington. Baghdatis 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Callum Davis

French tennis player Benoit Paire was booed off court in Washington after throwing a spectacular on-court tantrum.

The 29-year-old was in action against former Australian Open runner-up, Marcos Baghdatis, in the first round of the Citi Open in Washington.

Trailing 6-3, 3-6, 2-4 in the final set, Paire fell to the ground after failing to connect with an over-head smash.

The Frenchman then proceeded to hammer his racket into the Washington hard-court surface before getting to his feet and launching it across the court.

At the changeover, Paire tripped over his bag, almost knocking over a bench, before picking up a new racket only to slam it into the ground.

The officiating umpire penalised the world number 55 for a unsportsmanlike conduct as both players returned to the court to complete the final game of the match.

Baghdatis managed to hold serve to win the match, sparking one more furious outburst from Paire, who destroyed a third racket before congratulating the Argentine at the net.

Former British number one Andy Murray reached the second round of the Citi Open as he continues his return from a chronic hip injury that kept him out of Wimbledon earlier this summer.

The 31-year-old beat Andy Mackenzie in three sets in what was only his fourth competitive match since undergoing surgery in January.

Murray now plays his successor as British number one, Kyle Edmund, for a place in the last 16 of the tournament.

The two-time Wimbledon champion said: "I'll have to play much better if I want to win that match, more aggressively.

"It will help having one more match under my belt."

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