The ATP is reviewing an accusation by tennis participant Donald Young that fellow American Ryan Harrison used racially inappropriate language throughout a heated exchange at the New York Open on Monday night time.
“The ATP takes any allegations of racial prejudice extremely seriously,” the group stated in a press release. “A further review of all video and audio recording from the match will take place as this matter is investigated further.”
After the match towards Harrison, Young took to social media to say he was “shocked and disappointed … to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player.”
I am shocked and upset, Ryan Harrison, to listen to you inform me how you actually really feel about me as a black tennis participant in the course of our NY match. I assumed this was purported to be an inclusive gentleman’s sport.
— Donald Young Jr (@Yimlife1313) February 13, 2018
Harrison additionally took to social media after Young’s submit, saying the “accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are absolutely untrue.”
Neither participant would reveal precisely what was stated.
The accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are completely unfaithful. I am extraordinarily upset that somebody would say this in response to a misplaced tennis match. Any video/audio will 100% clear me and I encourage anybody with the accessible assets to search out it.
— Ryan Harrison (@ryanharrison92) February 13, 2018
The incident occurred in the course of the New York Open, gained by Harrison 6-Three, 7-6 (four).
During a changeover, Harrison stated one thing to the umpire, then appeared in Young’s route. After Harrison sat down, he and Young exchanged terse phrases, after which each gamers approached one another. The chair umpire stepped down, had the gamers return to their respective restoration zones after which carried on a dialogue with Harrison whereas Young simply shook his head.
After the match, Young reportedly refused a handshake by Harrison, and the 2 once more exchanged phrases.
“We both started at a very young age on Tour, and we’ve had pressure and expectations on ourselves for a long time,” Harrison instructed reporters after the match. “I have been very lucky to have fought by a variety of the adversity. Donald is attempting to combat by the adversity, attempting to interrupt again into the place he desires to be.
“If that occurred on a soccer discipline, everybody would chortle and say ’15-yard penalty’ and transfer on. You transfer ahead and attempt to take it in stride. At the top of the day, you see everyone, you want everyone and also you need to be mates and pleasant with everyone, however everyone out right here I compete towards, even those I like, they’re those attempting to remove my livelihood. I have to do what I can to get by, and I used to be pleased with myself for doing that.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.