Britain’s top-ranked male tennis players clashed after their meeting at the Battle of the Brits Team Tennis, with Dan Evans unhappy with Kyle Edmund’s behaviour at the contest’s conclusion.
Evans, the British No. 1, had just beaten Edmund in straight sets in a high-tempo encounter as Judy Murray and Greg Rusedski’s Union Jacks got a much-needed win over the British Bulldogs.
As part of safety precautions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic players are not shaking hands at the end of matches, instead tapping racquets.
But when Edmund gave Evans’ racquet more than a gentle touch, his compatriot reacted angrily.
TV cameras caught Evans warning Edmund after his 6-4 6-4 win in the Ryder-Cup style all-British team event: ‘Be very careful, Kyle. Be very careful mate.’
As he returned to the rest of his team, he complained: ‘He just teed my racquet. When I put my racquet there, he just absolutely belted my racquet.’
When a female team-mate suggested it wasn’t serious, Evans replied: ‘Well, I think it was.’
Johanna Konta had earlier fought back from a set down to beat Katie Boulter on an entertaining second day of the competition.
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