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'I'm working very hard on myself' - Terence Atmane issues public apology after hitting spectator

Published at :May 30, 2024 at 1:33 PM
Modified at :May 30, 2024 at 1:33 PM
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Shashank Tripathi


Terence Atmane has suffered from stress-related issues in the past too.

French tennis player Terence Atmane recently took to social media and issued a public apology for hitting a spectator with the ball during his 2024 French Open first-round match against Sebastian Ofner.

Home Hope Terence Atmane faced Austria’s Sebastian Ofner in his opening fixture at the 2024 French Open. Atmane started strong as he won the initial two sets of the match. However, Sebastian Ofner later crafted a comeback by forcing the third set into a tiebreak and winning it.

While Ofner was winning the fourth set, Terence Atmane looked frustrated. He later unintentionally hit a spectator with the ball. Ofner demanded that Atmane should get disqualified for hitting a spectator. Nevertheless, the match umpire left the Frenchman after giving him a warning.

After the match, Terence Atmane apologised to the lady he had earlier hit in the game. Moreover, he later took to Instagram and apologised for his actions, admitting that he had sent the ball out of the court in frustration.

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He wrote on his Instagram story, “Just to come back to what happened last night regarding the mini drama I’m facing: After losing the 3rd set and leading 4/1 in the 4th, Sebastian saves a break point and just as he sends the ball back to me I have a moment of frustration and decide to send the ball into the net out of frustration… Problem: I broke my string at the same moment and found myself watching my ball cross the court and go straight into the leg of a spectator…”

Terence Atmane’s apology (Credits: Instagram/terenceatmane)

The Frenchman also revealed that he has suffered from stress issues in the past. Due to similar health and stress-related problems, he was losing four to six kilograms of weight in every tournament.

He wrote in his social media story, “I’m working very hard on myself mentally and people who know me know that I’ve made enormous progress in terms of frustration and stress management, even if I’m far from perfect. Stress that 6 months ago was causing me to lose between 4 and 6kg per tournament.”

However, it seems like the issue has been resolved and tennis enthusiasts will be able to see Terence Atmane on the court soon.

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