Dan Evans suffers a loss in the first round of the French Open against Holger Rune | tennis news

Dan Evans was left bewildered by Holger Rune, the referee and a pigeon when he exited the French Open again in the first round.

The British number three was surprised by a birdie and rowed furiously with president Jaume Campistol before being sent home by the 13th seeded Dane Rune, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

The climax came in the third set after Rune was booked for smashing his racquet on the ground and argued his case.

In the next game, Evans, a breakaway, was waiting to serve when Rune disputed a line call, sparking another lengthy argument.

Evans immediately snapped and lost control, furious: “You don’t need a conversation about my serve. Let’s just let the damn match play out.”

“Do your job! You don’t have to have a conversation with him. That’s twice in two games. Crazy.”

Earlier in the second set, Evans had to take evasive action after being dive-bombed by a pigeon.

Roland Garros bosses are so pleased with the new roof they installed on Court Suzanne Lenglen that they inaugurated it at the weekend.

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Speaking after an early exit from the French Open at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal suggested that playing at Wimbledon would not be a good idea.

But one obvious flaw is the spaces between the roof and the walls of the arena, which are large enough for pigeons to fly in, but too small for them to find their way back.

Evans was at least able to force a smile when the ‘clay dove’ landed on the baseline and Rune and a ball boy shooed it away.

But it was Rune who scored the victory to condemn Evans to a sixth first-round loss in seven visits to Paris.

It was also a seventh consecutive defeat and 16th since the turn of the year, leaving Evans falling down the pecking order of the standings.

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