Less hugs please, we are here to play tennis, says ‘annoyed’ Patrick Mouratoglou

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka

Serena Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou is not a fan of hugging after a tennisi match, saying he is not impressed with people giving hugs after matches “in order to look nice”.

Hugging in tennis has become customary, especially after a long match where two opponents slugged it out for several hours.

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka were more than happy to hug each other after their gripping four-set match in the French Open quarter-final on Wednesday.

Federer seemed to enjoy it, they are friends after all.

As did Wawrinka.

But Mouratoglou is unimpressed writing on Twitter: “This brand new trend consisting in systematically taking your opponent in your arms once you have beaten him in order to look like a nice guy is very annoying to me. Our sport needs more authenticity.”

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