ATP Rules Controversy: Auger-Aliassime Defeats Monfils Amid Heated Discussion

“Do you follow the ATP rules?” the 23-year-old asked the referee: “Are you telling me that this is normal? He sits there for about 30 seconds. That’s a penalty for exceeding the time limit.”

Auger-Aliassime, who competes for Team World, continued: “It’s not enough just to talk to him here. Because I can also play games.”

Monfils then also addressed the referee, which led to a discussion between the two players. Monfils emphasized that he did not know that the ATP rules applied. He thought the rules would be interpreted loosely like at an exhibition event.

During the break, he said to Team Europe coach Björn Borg: “To be honest, I don’t have enough practice to play here. If I don’t want to play a tournament, I won’t play a tournament. They called me and told me that Laver Cup is pleasant because you have freedom here.”

Heated discussion included: Auger-Aliassime beats Monfils

Monfils: “Here to have fun”

The veteran added emphatically: “I’m here to have fun.”

Despite his opponent’s occasional breaks, Auger-Aliassime was clearly ahead in the end. He won 6:4, 6.3 and thus contributed to the 4:0 lead of the world selection after day one.

The Canadian received support in the dispute with Monfils from US Open semi-finalist Ben Shelton, who advised him not to pay attention to Monfils. “When he comes back to talk, just stare at him or walk away,” the American told Auger-Aliassime.

Highlights: Shelton a size too big for Fils

2023-09-23 08:43:00
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