‘I’m still seething,’ admits British star after accusing Roland Garros opponents of calling him a cheat

Dan Evans admits he is ‘still seething’ after an on-court confrontation at Roland Garros after he believed he was being accused of being a cheat.

The British number one was playing doubles with Hubert Hurkacz against Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop and Brazilian Marcel Demoliner.

Things started to flare up when Middelkoop and Demoliner claimed the ball had hit Evans during a rally.

It escalated further when Middelkoop then questioned Evans’ honesty on a later line call. It’s fair to say the whole thing left the Brit pretty angry.

“I’d say I’m pretty fair,” said Evans. “For me that there is as good as calling me a cheat, which is disgusting.

“And I won’t let that go and that’s why I told him when we went 5-2 up.

“Some of these guys seem to be happy to give it out to us but don’t like it when it comes back their way and I’ve no issues with doing that. I was pretty angry on the court. I don’t like that.

“There’s one thing that us Brits are is too fair in my opinion. I would say if it hit me. I don’t think it hit me.

“They won the point so I don’t see what the big deal is. It’s embarrassing chat from the pair of them. It’s desperation in my opinion. I’m still seething.”

Evans and Hurkacz went on to win the match 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 to progress into the second round at Roland Garros.

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