Belgium’s David Goffin has criticised the “total disrespect” from fans after he claimed someone spat chewing gum at him during his first-round win at the French Open.

Goffin defeated France’s Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old cupped his ear after he was booed by the partisan French crowd following his win on court 14.

“When you are insulted for three and a half hours, you have to annoy the public a little,” Goffin told Belgian media., external

“Clearly, it goes too far, it’s total disrespect. It’s becoming like football. Soon there will be smoke bombs, hooligans and there will be fights in the stands.

“It’s starting to become ridiculous. Some people are there more to cause trouble than to create an atmosphere.”

The French Tennis Federation called on fans to show “full respect to all players”.

“The public are incredibly enthusiastic, particularly on the outside courts,” a statement sent to BBC Sport read.

“Although it is only natural that fans share their excitement and cheer on their favourites, this may not in any case go against the values of tennis or consideration for the players.

“Oversight bodies are in place to make sure rules are followed.”



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