Hugo Gaston, an abandonment and another controversy

The Frenchman has once again caused controversy, this time by giving up when down match point in a Challenger Tour event.

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Hugo Gaston is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. The 22-year-old Frenchman, ranked 92nd in the world, arrived at the Verona Challenger in Italy in the best possible frame of mind, given that he had just won two consecutive titles on this circuit, at Lasi in Romania and Trieste in Italy. But unfortunately, it was under a cloud of scandal that he left Verona after retiring in the first round.

Why was this? A question of timing: Gaston decided to throw in the towel when his Argentine opponent, Marco Trungelliti, had three break points, effectively three match points, at 3-6, 6-2, 5-2. For some, the Gaston cup was full.

While others tried to find a more or less rational explanation for the Frenchman’s latest outburst.


It is an episode that is bound to become more than anecdotal in view not only of the reactions it provokes on a circuit that had barely had time to digest the previous controversy surrounding Gaston, but also of the fact that the ATP could consider it a repeat offence that needs to be punished.

It now remains to be seen whether the ATP will again decide to penalise him, and how heavily.

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