WATCH: Junior tennis match ends with player slapping opponent at net, causing brawl at tournament

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A junior tennis competition in Ghana was the scene of a wild brawl on Monday after one gamer slapped another at the web. Facing off at the Accra Sports Stadium, in Accra, Ghana, Raphael Nii Ankrah and Michael Kouame went to shake hands following their match. That’s when things took at turn.

Ankrah beat Michael Kouame of France 6-2, 6-7, 7-6 in the preliminary of the ITF junior competition, and, plainly dissatisfied about something, Kouame slapped Ankrah at the web.

Take a take a look at what decreased after the match ended:

Kouame has actually given that excused his actions, publishing his message of remorse on Instagram.

“I sincerely regret my actions on Tuesday at the ITF Tournament in Ghana against Raphael Nii Ankrah. I regretfully struck him after an extremely frustrating and intense match. During the course of the match, I was repeatedly verbally abused by a large number of individuals in the crowd, including insults to my mother in particular. However, that does not excuse my behavior. I would like to publicly apologize to Raphael. I was wrong and completely out of line.”

He continued, composing, “I accept any consequences as a result of my behavior from the ITF governing body, and will use this time to reflect on how I can better manage challenging situations like these in the future in a manner that accurately reflect my character.”

Ankrah was plainly shocked by the slap, as were the fans in the stands. The turmoil did not end with the slap, nevertheless. Afterwards a brawl happened in between both camps. 

People were seen striking each other on the court after the preliminary fight at the web in between the gamers:

ITF Junior World No. 589 Ankrah advanced with the win and will deal with Ishmael Nii Nortey Dowuona in the next round. ITF Junior World No.1688 Kouame was set up to be back on the court for his doubles competition on Tuesday. It’s unclear if he was reprimanded for the slap or will be.



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