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Tennis: Hanescu forfeits amid spitting storm

Romania's Victor Hanescu stormed out of his Wimbledon third-round match after appearing to spit at the crowd yesterday.

Hanescu, seeded 31, was trailing Daniel Brands 3-0 in the fifth l set when he walked up to umpire Kim Craven and retired after being involved in an altercation with fans who were cheering for his German opponent on Court 18.

"Someone said something in the crowd. He then appears to go and spit in the direction of those people," a Wimbledon spokesman said.

"He also swore in the direction of the same people. A combination of the spitting and swearing gives him a code violation for unsportsmanlike behaviour and then he retires from the match."