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Tennis player Michael Llodra's crude comment and bizarre apology

March 13, 2012|By Bill Dwyre
  • Michael Llodra hits a return against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday. Llodra retired from the match due to a leg injury, perhaps from sticking his foot in his mouth.
Michael Llodra hits a return against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday. Llodra… (John G. Mabanglo / EPA )

Frenchman Michael Llodra entered the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament ranked No. 41 in the world and left it ranked No. 1 in the Foot-In-Mouth category.

According to several published reports, including one in the the New York Times, Llodra made an angry remark in French to a female fan of Asian descent during a match in the Indian Wells tournament. That remark was later translated as "Chinese whore."

There apparently was enough corraboration for the ATP to take action. A fine of $2,500 was assessed, a fairly typical toothless action by the men's pro tennis sanctioning group.

Sometime later, Llodra tried to make amends, and his awkward attempt was frignteningly misguided.

"I can totally make love with a Chinese girl," he said, in way of apology.

Llodra won his first-round match and then defaulted after four games of his second round. The official reason was listed as a knee injury. Some might speculate that his knee was about three feet below the real defective part.

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