France, March 5 -- Maverick French tennis player Benoit Paire controversially crashed out of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires on Friday after spitting on court during his match against Francisco Cerundolo and arguing with the umpire.

The 31-year-old boiled over in the second set when one of Cerundolo's serves was deemed an ace.

Paire, the third seed at the tournament, showed umpire Nacho Forcadell a mark in the clay where he believed the ball had landed but to no avail.

Enraged, Paire spat on the mark, protested and swore before he was given a warning.

The third seed was then docked a point a couple of games later for spitting again.

After Cerundolo won the set 6-3, the 22-year-old Argentine took control of the tie to move into a 5...