Brazilian tennis player apologizes for racist gesture in Japan
Guilherme Clezar, of Brazil, returns the ball to Emilio Gomez, of Ecuador, during a Davis Cup match in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Friday, April 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, September 16, 2017 12:47PM EDT
Brazilian tennis player Guilherme Clezar has apologized after making a racist gesture in a Davis Cup match in Japan.
The 24-year-old Clezar put his fingers to the edge of his eyes and then stretched them after successfully challenging a line call.
The Brazilian lost his singles match on Friday against Japan's Yuichi Sugita in Osaka.
Clezar was fined $1,500 by the International Tennis Federation on Saturday for "unsportsmanlike conduct."
In a written apology, Clezar said: "Even though I didn't mean any prejudice ... I want to express my regret and my most sincere apology."
The ITF said it "condemns any form of offensive behaviour."
Sugita won 6-2, 7-5, 7-6 (5) as Japan took a 2-0 lead over Brazil in their World Group playoff in Osaka.