Britain’s number 2 Dan Evans refused to apologize after throwing in the towel at the end of his French Open second-round loss – prompting boos from home fans.
A four-set loss to Sweden’s Mikael Ymer ended 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 after Evans casually hit his return into the net on first match point.
Court Six fans were less than impressed but Evans, who suffered from a chest infection in the days leading up to the match, shrugged off the incident.
“I gave the last point, but I don’t care to be honest with you,” said the 29th seed. “I think I would have tried hard enough for three and a half hours. I was physically exhausted. That was it for me. It’s like that.
“It was a tough game. It’s frustrating and upsetting, don’t get me wrong, but that’s how it goes.
Evans clearly looked in a bad mood despite rallying to take the second set, and kept apologizing for spitting and blowing his nose on the court.
“I had a lung infection since Tuesday last week,” he explained. “I really struggled with that. It’s not ideal.
“Normal symptoms, profuse sweating at night, poor sleep. The normal stuff. It probably took me a long time to play, to prepare. It’s unfortunate.
“That’s still no excuse. I was in good situations but physically I was not at the top. It’s like that.
“Have I considered withdrawing? No. In the middle of last week, I was a little worried, it’s not good to be rough. I don’t want to spit on the pitch, it’s not nice, especially these days.
“But I’m sure people understand that if you’re sick, you’re sick. I have never been cramped in my life and had cramps today after two and a half hours. Boring, but it’s hard lines.”
Additional reporting by PA Media.