Aussie Open ‘bananaman’ bites back after fruity fallout

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Elliot Benchetrit said he’s stunned by the “out of control” backlash after he asked a ballkid to peel his banana at the Australian Open, hitting out at the umpire who told him to do it himself. The French player, dubbed ‘Bananaman’ by Australian media, handed a banana to a ballgirl during a qualifying match, saying he was struggling to get the skin off as he had cream on his hands. But umpire John Blom wasn’t impressed and told him to peel his own banana, allegedly berating him for treating the girl like his “slave”. More details in Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin