Marton Fucsovics has apologised after telling Sebastian Baez he was “screaming like a b***h” during their Lyon Open clash. The chair umpire had to intervene after the world No 80 launched a tirade on “f*****g 20-year-old guys”, with Cameron Norrie also caught in the crossfire. Fucsocivs has since apologised but issued another parting shot at the younger players.
Fucsovics crashed out of the Lyon Open with a 6-4 7-6(5) defeat at the hands of sixth seed Baez. The Hungarian was trailing by a set and got broken in the second when he started ranting about his opponent, claiming Baez was “acting like a 12-year-old.”
As the 31-year-old took to his bench, he continued: “These f*****g young 20-year-old guys. Not that he is the only one, playing so unfair. Vamos for every point I miss. Screaming like a b***h.”
The tennis pro has now apologised for his X-rated rant but stood by the sentiment, as he took aim at the young players once again while issuing a statement. “I would like to apologise for the way I behaved on my match today. In the heat of the moment, l used words that I shouldn’t have,” he said in an Instagram story.
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But the 2018 Geneva champion only seemed to be sorry for his choice of language, doubling down on his feelings towards his younger rivals. Fucsocivs added: “As most of you know I always played with fair play even though I win or lose the match. I might be an older generation, where we respect each other and beat each other with tennis.”
His apology comes after the umpire told Fucsovics that he was fine to vent his frustration but couldn’t swear on court. “It’s ok you talk with me but I don’t want this kind of language,” Manuel Franco Ojea said.
“I understand that you are frustrated and that you don’t like it but I don’t want these words. I’m happy to talk with you about it.” Fucsovics took the opportunity to vent as he brought up Norrie – who defeated him at the Italian Open.
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“It was the same last week, I don’t know who, against Norrie. They are allowed to do this. I know, but this is too much,” he responded. Fucsovics will now turn his attention to the French Open, where he faces 27-year-old Hugo Grenier in the opening round.
Fucsovics has a tough draw, as he will then likely face two-time champion Novak Djokovic in the second round. But the pair may find some common ground as world No 3 also took issue with Norrie shouting “come on” after every point of their own clash in Rome. And at 36 years of age, Djokovic will be a welcome opponent for the Hungarian.
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