Tuesday 19 September 2017

WATCH - Brazilian player apologises for racist gesture during Davis Cup clash against Japan

Guilherme Clezar has said sorry for his actions
Guilherme Clezar has said sorry for his actions

Brazil tennis player Guilherme Clezar has issued an apology for an offensive gesture he made during a Davis Cup tie with Japan in Osaka.

The 24-year-old stretched his eyes in the direction of a line judge after he had successfully challenged a line call during his match with Yuichi Sugita.

Clezar said he "never had the slightest intention to be aggressive, racist, prejudiced" following the match having lost 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) as Japan took a 2-0 lead in their World Group play off.

Clezar said in a post on the Brazilian Tennis Confederation Facebook page: "We have been extremely well received here and I have an excellent relationship with all tennis players from many different countries on the circuit.

"Even though I didn't mean any prejudice, I recognise the gesture doesn't ring true with the attitudes of respect, enthusiasm, solidarity, emotion and many other things that sport means to us and I want to express my regret and my most sincere apologies."

Clezar is ranked 244th in the world and competes on the Challenger tour.

Brazilian media have reported that the International Tennis Federation and Brazilian officials will meet on Saturday to discuss the incident.

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