A tennis tournament in Ghana turned into a brawl after one of the players slapped his opponent after losing.
The distasteful incident was captured by spectators on camera and was widely shared on the internet. The tennis match was between French player Michael Kouame and Ghana’s Raphael Nii Ankrah.
They were playing in the first round of the ITF junior’s tournament in Ghana where the 15 year old French tennis player lost the match to Ankrah.
Kouame, who lost the tie in three sets, said on social media his outburst occurred “after an extremely frustrating and difficult match” during which he said he was insulted by the crowd who supported the local player.
“I sincerely regret my actions. During the match, I was repeatedly verbally abused by many people in the crowd, including insults against my mother, but that does not excuse my behavior,” he said.
“I accept all the consequences from the International Tennis Federation (ITF),” he added.
“I will use this time to see how I can better handle these kinds of situations in the future, in a way that reflects my true personality.”
The tournament’s disciplinary committee disqualified Kouame from the World Tennis Tour J5 and JR tournaments.
Kouame was the number one seed heading into the competition, and is currently ranked number 589th on the ITF Junior Rankings.
Ankrah, was way below his attacker at No. 1688 in the world rankings, and is scheduled to take on countryman Ishmael Nii Nortey in the next round of the tournament.