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Laurent Lokoli Refuses To Shake Opponent's Hand After French Open Match

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Sometimes professional tennis is an awesome display of athleticism and mental toughness. Less frequently, but just as enjoyably, it’s a petty squabble with some tennis sprinkled in. So went the end of a first-round French Open match between Slovakia’s Martin Klizan and France’s Laurent Lokoli.

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After Klizan prevailed in five sets, the 22-year-old Frenchman refused to shake Klizan’s hand, wagging his finger instead and waving him away, as the home crowd booed.

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It was not a display of good sportsmanship, but Klizan might have had it coming. A few games earlier, the 27-year-old celebrated Lokoli’s game-ending double fault in the fifth set with a triumphant yell, staring across the net, and pointing to his temple.

It’s always interesting when there are tennis players who hate each other. Let’s hope these two meet again.

Reporter at Deadspin.

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