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Elliot Benchetrit hits back at critics over ball girl banana drama at Australian Open – CNN International

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/21/tennis/elliot-benchetrit-banana-response/index.html

Now Benchetrit has offered his account of events, and insists he’s amazed at the furore.

‘At 6-5 in the final set, during the changeover, I asked the ball girl to peel the banana for me as I had put some cream on my hands in order not to sweat,” he said.

“She had done it once before at the beginning of the match. But the second time the chair umpire stepped in and told me that the ball girl was not my slave and I had to peel the banana myself.

“I could not believe that the umpire said that and I find incredible how this situation got out of control on social media without people knowing what really happened on court.”

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