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Wimbledon hit with spit and walk off scandal

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London, Jun 26 (ANI): Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu left his match in between after a confrontation with four spectators, which led to him spit at the crowd and storm off court.

Four spectators at Wimbledon were arrested after the confrontation with the player.

Hanescu, who is ranked 38th, forfeited his third-round match against Daniel Brands with the score at 6-7, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 3-0 in controversial circumstances tonight after appearing to spit in anger towards the crowd.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said four men were being questioned under the Public Order Act after the Romanian complained to officers, The Sun reports.

The spokeswoman said: "Police were called to Court 18 following a disturbance. Four youths were arrested. They have all been taken to a south London station under Section 5 of the Public Order Act."

Scotland Yard later said Hanescu had complained to officers, but an All England Club spokesman said the spitting incident and the arrests were not linked.

Court 18 had already hosted the most dramatic scenes at the All England Club this year as John Isner and Nicolas Mahut played the longest game in tennis history. (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, June 26, 2010, 12:17 [IST]
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