Towel tussle: Fan served online anger after snatching Wimbledon keepsake from youngster (VIDEO)
US player Sock tossed the towel into the crowd – as is commonly the case at tennis matches – after a young fan had requested it from him.
That sparked a brief tug-of-war with another, much older spectator who was sitting in the front row.
After a brief tussle, the man snatched the keepsake out of the youngster’s grasp, with the more youthful fan appearing to accept defeat.
The incident has served up something of an online racket, though, with many slamming the man’s behavior – including Judy Murray, mom of current Wimbledon men’s singles champion and world number one Andy Murray.
If ur the bloke in the blue polo shirt and hat, you should be ashamed...... https://t.co/KlZ250NCQP— judy murray (@JudyMurray) July 4, 2017
It has led to an offer from Sock to send the young fan another towel, should he be identified.
The US Open tennis tournament also chipped in, offering to send the youngster a towel, prompting the Australian Open and the French Roland Garros tournaments to match the offer.
Happy to complete the towels Grand Slam ;) 🇫🇷🎾— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) 5 July 2017
The Wimbledon towels reportedly retail for £30 ($38) in club shops.
Sock reached the second round at the All England Club after defeating Chilean Christian Garin in four sets.