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Wawrinka Grumbling star takes aim at French minister

Wawrinka singled out the former senator in the front row for being too loud at the Paris Bercy arena

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Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reprimanded someone thought to be former French senator Jean-Vincent Place, for speaking too loudly during gameplay at the Paris Masters play

Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka reprimanded someone thought to be former French senator Jean-Vincent Place, for speaking too loudly during gameplay at the Paris Masters

(AFP/File)

US Open champion Stan Wawrinka traded verbal volleys with a French government minister after taking exception to crowd noise during his second-round match at the Paris Masters.

Wawrinka singled out a spectator in the front row at the Paris Bercy arena, said to be former senator Jean-Vincent Place, to reprimand him for being too loud during Wednesday's defeat to Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff.

"Oh, do you mind if we play a match? No, but seriously...it's midnight, if you don't want to watch us go home," snapped Wawrinka, according to footage aired by Canal+.

However, Place told AFP on Thursday that he wasn't sure the Swiss star's anger was directed squarely at him.

"There was a hubbub in the stands and as I was in the first row...it's true that at midnight everyone is a bit distracted.

"We were talking with (French Tennis Federation president) Jean Gachassin, but honestly we weren't shouting. Frankly, I'm not sure it was addressed to me in particular."

Place later commented that he had been "whispering" with Gachassin and put Wawrinka's unhappiness down to the fact he was losing.

That drew the ire of the three-time Grand Slam winner, who fired back on Twitter: "hahaha whispering! I was still ahead...so bad loser is nice. Jean (Gachassin) wasn't next to him."

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