Tennis star Corentin Moutet has left supporters astounded by his behaviour at the qualifiers of the Argentina Open. The Frenchman was beaten by Mariano Navone in the first round of the ATP 250 qualifying, though he did not go down without a fight.
Navone ran out a worthy winner to advance into the next round of the competition on home soil, winning 5-7, 6-2 6-2. However, it was Moutet who stole the headlines despite being comfortably beaten at the Court Guillermo Vilas.
Three moments of madness from the Frenchman saw him steal the show, though not for all of the right reasons. Notably, it was Moutet’s decision to order a 1.5 litre bottle of Pepsi midway through the match which raised eyebrows, with the 24-year-old showing off the beverage to the crowd as if he had won a trophy.
The world No. 134 later revealed that turning to the fizzy drink was something of a ‘last resort’, having managed to cut Pepsi out of his diet in the hope of returning to full fitness following a series of recurring injury problems.
Aside from opting for Pepsi over water in the blazing Argentinean sunshine, Moutet allowed his emotions to get the better of him on two other occasions, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of his supporters.
The France star began arguing with a member of the public during the game, with Moutet looking particularly unhappy about the confrontation. He then also left a physiotherapist astounded during the changing of sides.
Moutet had called on the physio for medical assistance during the game, but when a member of the medical team arrived on court he refused to engage with the official and refused all forms of treatment to leave many confused as to why he had called for help initially.
Following his defeat at the hands of Navone, Moutet took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to speak about his display and explain why he had ordered a mid game Pepsi. He wrote: “Thought I was ready to compete but my body left me at 7/5 2/1… Tried everything to fight until the end but wasn’t enough. (Even tried the Pepsi thing that I didn’t drink for a year maybe). Still in the process to come back 100%. It takes time. But I practice good so my time will come for sure. Thanks for the support.”