American Ryan Harrison can be investigated after allegations of “racial prejudice” throughout a match towards Donald Young, the Association of Tennis Professionals has confirmed.
The chair umpire intervened in the course of the pair’s first-round assembly at the New York Open on Monday.
“I’m shocked and disappointed to hear you [Harrison] tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player,” Young tweeted afterwards.
Harrison denies Young’s claims.
Harrison, 25, who gained the match 6-Three 7-6 (7-Four), posted that any video or audio from the match would “100% clear me”.
“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,” Harrison wrote.
In an announcement to Press Association Sport, the ATP stated it takes allegations of “racial prejudice extremely seriously,” including that it will review all materials from the match.
“No further comment will be made until the completion of the investigation,” the assertion stated.