ATP to probe ‘racial prejudice’ allegation after duo’s heated exchange
The ATP has confirmed that it will review “all video and audio recording” after Donald Young accused Ryan Harrison of using racially inappropriate language during their New York Open match.
The first-round encounter between the two Americans was a heated one as they exchanged several words on court.
Harrison won the match 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), but afterwards Young took to Twitter to accuse his compatriot of using a racial slur.
I’m shocked and disappointed, Ryan Harrison, to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player in the middle of our NY match. I thought this was supposed to be an inclusive gentleman’s sport.
— Donald Young Jr (@Yimlife1313) February 13, 2018
Harrison, meanwhile, said the allegations were “absolutely untrue”.
The accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are absolutely untrue. I’m extremely disappointed that someone would say this in reaction to a lost tennis match. Any video/audio will 100% clear me and I encourage anyone with the available resources to find it.
— Ryan Harrison (@ryanharrison92) February 13, 2018
The ATP, though, will investigate the incident.
“The ATP takes any allegations of racial prejudice extremely seriously,” the organisation said in a statement. “A further review of all video and audio recording from the match will take place as this matter is investigated further.
“No further comment will be made until the completion of the investigation.”
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