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French tennis player Elliot Benchetrit  asks ball girl to peel banana, umpire intervenes

French tennis player Elliot Benchetrit  was told off by the match umpire after he asked a ball kid to peel a banana.

Benchetrit was facing some trouble in peeling the fruit as his hand was bandaged.

In a video shared by tennis writer Alex Theodoridis, a young ball girl is seen holding the banana and looking up at match umpire John Blom before giving it to Benchetrit. The Frenchman is then seen engaged in a discussion with the umpire before trying to peel it open with his mouth. He then continues to talk to the umpire before tossing the banana back in his bag.




Tennis great Martina Navratilova applauded the umpire’s actions on Twitter as well writing, “What’s next- grapes? #entitlement John did the right thing, that’s for sure.”

The incident took place in his qualifier against Dmitry Popko at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

Benchetrit went on to come back from a set down to beat his opponent 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. He is set to take on Japan’s Yuichi Sugita next.




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