VIDEO: Brazilian tennis player Guilherme Clezar in soup over racial gesture during Davis Cup

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 | 0

Brazilian tennis player Guilherme Clezar landed himself in controversy on Friday after making an alleged racial gesture during the Davis Cup tie against Japan in Osaka.

It all unfolded after Clezar, 24, successfully challenged a line call and stretched his eyes in the direction of the chair umpire, as if to imitate the eyes of the locals.

Sharing a statement (translated version below) via Brazil Tennis’ official Facebook page, Clezar –  the current world No. 244 – played down the incident.

“When I woke up here in Japan, I realized that the gesture I made in yesterday’s game was misinterpreted. I want to emphasize here that I never had the slightest intention of being aggressive, racist, prejudiced or anything of the type with the Asian people. We were extremely well received here and I have an excellent relationship with all the tennis players of the most diverse nations of the circuit. Even if I do not understand it, I recognize that the gesture done does not match with attitudes of care, zeal, solidarity, emotion and other things that sport transmits to us. That is why I am expressing my deepest interest and asking my most sincere apologies. It was my pleasure to be able to excuse myself with each one, but unfortunately this was not possible. I continue to give more credit to the situation of our country as a whole, as the entire Asian population, for which I am particularly appreciative. I promise you that I learned from it, and you will become any more like this one more time. I hope, from the end of my heart, that this act, which is part of my pardon, will now make it possible for all children to come forward with everything tomorrow to turn to this confront.”

Clezar was fined $1,500 by the International Tennis Federation after his 2-6 5-7 6-7 loss to Yuichi Sugita as the hosts went on to take 2-0 lead in World Group play-off.

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