Judy "Shocked" After Man Snatches Towel

5 July 2017, 15:20

Judy Murray

Judy Murray has spoken of her shock at seeing a man pull a tennis star's towel from a boy's hands at Wimbledon.

American player Jack Sock threw his towel into the crowd after his match on Tuesday and a young fan caught it, only for a man to snatch it from him.

A clip of the incident quickly appeared on Twitter, with Ms Murray tweeting: "If you're the bloke in the blue polo shirt and hat, you should be ashamed...''

She told the Press Association: "I thought 'What are you doing?'.

"I hope that somebody recognises him and comes forward with his name and that Jack Sock can give him a towel.''

The player, ranked 18, tweeted: "If anyone knows the kid that unfortunately had the towel ripped out of his hands ... tweet his name at me and I'll be sure to get him one.''

The US Open and the Australian Open also offered to send towels to the youngster.

Ms Murray added: "You want the whole thing to be a wonderful experience and you don't want anybody to be going home disappointed so I think it was a lovely gesture of him (Jack Sock) and I hope he manages to find the guy.''

The Strictly Come Dancing star, who coached her son Andy as a child, spoke about his disappointment when he failed to get his hero's signature at Wimbledon as a seven-year-old.

"I remember Jamie just wanted to watch the matches and Andy just wanted to watch the practice courts and all he wanted to do was get the autograph of Andre Agassi who is his absolute hero,'' she said.

"He would literally be out there at the practice courts all day hoping to get the autograph and he actually never managed to do it.

"It had quite a big impact on him as a little kid.

"That real disappointment that he hadn't managed to get what he really wanted and I think that's one of the reasons why he's so good at staying behind and signing everything for everybody because of the experience that he had.''

Ms Murray was speaking at an HSBC event, where she played tennis and chatted to fans waiting in the Wimbledon queue.

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