Brazilian Davis Cup player denies racism over gesture

Guilherme Clezar

Brazil’s Guilherme Clezar says there was no racist intent behind an offensive gesture he made during a Davis Cup match against Japan in Osaka.

After successfully challenging a line call during his match against Yuichi Sugita, Clezar stretched his eyes in the direction of a line judge.

The 24-year-old said later he “never had the slightest intention to be aggressive, racist, prejudiced”.

Clezar lost 6-2 7-5 7-6 (7-5) and China lead the World Group play-off 2-0.

In a post on the Brazilian Tennis Confederation Facebook page,