- Ryan Harrison denies making racially-related slurs at opponent Donald Young
- The pair were involved in an altercation during their match at the New York Open
- Young has suggested something was said in regard to the colour of his skin
Ryan Harrison has denied any wrongdoing after comments by fellow American Donald Young following their stormy first-round clash at the New York Open on Monday.
The two players had a heated debate at a change of ends during the match won by world No 44 Harrison, with the umpire intervening to calm the situation.
Following his 6-3, 7-6(4) defeat Young took to Twitter to offer his views on what had happened.
Ryan Harrison has vehemently denied making racial slurs at Donald Young in a recent match
The tennis player took to Twitter to hit back at the tweet sent by his opponent on Monday
‘I’m shocked and disappointed, Ryan Harrison, to hear you tell me how you really feel about me as a black tennis player in the middle of our NY match.
‘I thought this was supposed to be an inclusive gentleman’s sport,’ the 28-year-old world No 65 said.
Young did not elaborate on what was actually said between the pair, but Harrison was quick to respond.
Young made the claim on twitter following their on-court altercation at the New York Open
Young suggested he had been the victim of racial abuse in their confrontation in New York
‘The accusations made by Donald Young tonight following our match are absolutely untrue,’ he said on Twitter.
‘I’m extremely disappointed that someone would say this in reaction to a lost tennis match. Any video/audio will 100 percent clear me and I encourage anyone with the available resources to find it.’
Straight after the match Harrison gave an interview in which he said any bad feeling had been in the heat of the moment.
‘At the end of the day, you see everybody, you like everybody and you want to be friends and friendly with everybody, but everybody out here I compete against, even the ones I like, they are the ones trying to take away my livelihood,’ he said.
‘I have to do what I can to get through, and I was proud of myself for doing that.’