Tennys Sandgren apologises over gay club tweet

Updated: Jan 28, 2018, 10:27 IST | AFP

Controversial American tennis player Tennys Sandgren has apologised over a tweet about a visit to a gay club which he said left, "his eyes bleeding."

Tennys Sandgren
Tennys Sandgren

Controversial American tennis player Tennys Sandgren has apologised over a tweet about a visit to a gay club which he said left, "his eyes bleeding." Sandgren, 26, a devout Christian, came under scrutiny this week during his run to the Australian Open quarter-finals over his apparent support on Twitter for far-right groups in the United States. It led to him wiping his social media account while lashing out at the "dehumanizing" media in a sermon-like statement at his post-match press conference after losing to Chung Hyeon.

He refused to take any questions on his past Twitter writings, but has been under increasing pressure to address them following criticism from the likes of Serena Williams. She was the subject of one Sandgren post over her behaviour during a 2015 US Open match against Roberta Vinci which he called "disgusting."

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