Clezar could be in trou­ble for slit-eyed ges­ture

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Brazil ten­nis player Guil­herme Clezar apol­o­gised yes­ter­day for mak­ing what ap­peared to be a slit-eyed ges­ture dur­ing his coun­try’s Davis Cup tie with Ja­pan. While deny­ing any racist in­tent, Clezar, 24, could be in hot wa­ter fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent dur­ing Friday’s de­feat by Yuichi Sugita in a world group play-off in Osaka. Af­ter suc­cess­fully chal­leng­ing a line call, an ex­as­per­ated Clezar stretched his eyes in an ap­par­ent crit­i­cism of the line judge. The ges­ture was caught by lo­cal tele­vi­sion, but the player in­sisted he had not meant to in­sult Ja­panese peo­ple in a post on the Brazil­ian ten­nis fed­er­a­tion’s Face­book page.

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