Llodra, Paire engage in spat at Miami Masters

by: Matt Cronin | March 21, 2013

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Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Benoit Paire get into a major spat during their first-round match in Miami, which was won by Llodra, 7-6 (7), 6-2.

The AFP and L'Equipe both reported that after Paire was complaining to the chair umpire about a line call, Llodra told him not to “act like a little sh--. "

The 38th-ranked Paire then told Llodra not to speak to him like that or treat him like a dog, to which Llodra allegedly responded: "Shut up. I'm eight years older than you; you owe me respect."

After Llodra rallied to win the first set, he said Paire lost his concentration. "I knew that if I won the first set, he was flipping out,” Llodra said.

Paire, who beat Llodra in their lone prior meeting in the Montpellier semifinals last month, refused to shake hands after the match, and told L'Equipe: "Mika did everything to destabilize me while I was dominating the game quietly. He clearly and deliberately insulted me. I won’t talk to him anymore."

 

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