Top tennis star 'racially abused' in Barnstaple on eve on tournament

Joseph Bulmer

A TOP female tennis player says she was racially abused in Barnstaple on the eve of a prestigious tournament taking place in the town. Writing on Twitter, Former British number one Anne Keothavong said she was verbally abused outside the Royal and Fortesc

A TOP female tennis player says she was racially abused in Barnstaple on the eve of a prestigious tournament taking place in the town.

Writing on Twitter, Former British number one Anne Keothavong said she was verbally abused outside the Royal and Fortescue Hotel on Sunday night.

Keothavong, 27, said she was left "fuming and disgusted" by the alleged incident.

She added: "Just received a barrage of racial abuse from a group of guys as I walked from the car park to the hotel. I was on my own and completely out numbered. Gave a statement to the police, hoping CCTV will get them."

London-born Keothavong is among five top-100 women players competing in the seven-day AEGON GB Pro-Series Open tournament which began at the Tarka Tennis Centre yesterday (Monday).

Police have confirmed that a 27-year-old woman from London has made an allegation of a racially aggravated incident.

They said three men aged 20, 23, 25 had been arrested for the offence and for a separate shoplifting incident.

"Two have been released on police bail to return to Barnstaple police station on November 1; a third man was released with no further action taken," said a spokesperson.

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