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Dan Evans loses his temper with the referee and is attacked by a pigeon as he leaves the French Open

The British number three was surprised by the birdie and rowed furiously with official chairman Jaume Campistol before being sent packing by Danish number 13 seed Rune.

The flashpoint came in the third set, after Rune was warned for hitting his racket on the ground and made his case.

In the next game, Evans, broken, was waiting for a pass when Rune questioned the line call, prompting another lengthy discussion.

Evans immediately broke down and lost the rag, fuming: “He doesn’t need to talk on my serve. Let the damn game play.

“Do what you have to do! You don’t have to talk to him. That’s twice in two games. Madness”.

Earlier in the second set, Evans had to run away after being bombarded by a pigeon.

Roland Garros bosses are so pleased with the new roof they have installed on Court Suzanne Lenglen that they held an inauguration event over the weekend.

However, the obvious disadvantage is the gaps between the roof and the arena walls, which are large enough for the pigeons to fly in but too small for them to find their way back.

Evans could at least force a smile as the clay pigeon landed on the baseline and Rune and the ball kid chased it away.

But it was Rune who focused on victory and condemned Evans to his sixth first-round defeat in seven visits to Paris.

It was also his seventh straight defeat and 16th since the turn of the year, sending Evans down the rankings.