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Watch tennis player Michael Kouame slap rival after losing junior international match

A French junior tennis player has just hit a rival with a slap that is likely to be heard around the world.

Tennis Foundation Ghana Open top seed Michael Kouame slammed an open hand into the face of Ghanaian Raphael Nii Ankrah after losing to him in the first round this week.

Video of the shocking exchange showed Kouame shaking Ankrah’s hand at the net, then slapping him with his free left hand, prompting gasps from the crowd in Accra, Ghana. Ankrah, seemingly stunned, took several steps back.

“No one expected this incident to happen,” Kenneth Kwesi Gibson, who shared the clip on Twitter, told HuffPost on Thursday.

Kouame, 15, posted an apology on Instagram on Wednesday in French and English, noting he was “completely out of place”.

The player explained that he was frustrated with the “intense” match and suffered insults from the crowd, some of which were aimed at his mother, who was in attendance.

“However, that does not excuse my behavior. I would like to publicly apologize to Raphael,” Kouame wrote. “I was wrong and completely overwhelmed. I accept all consequences of my behavior from the ITF governing body.

the aggression sparked a brawl “between the two sides,” CBS reported.

The International Tennis Federation told USA Today that it is “reviewing the matter further as part of the ITF World Tennis Tour Junior Code of Conduct to determine if further action is required.”

Several outlets covered the meeting. Observers on social networks drew comparisons to Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at the Oscars – a moment that has become known to some as “the slap heard around the world”.

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