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Jenson Brooksby ‘truly sorry’ after almost hitting ball person in furious outburst

A ball person hardly escapes being hit by Jenson Brooksby’s rackets (Photo: Tennis TV)

Jenson Brooksby has apologized for his actions on the court at the Miami Open, where he threw his racket in a fit of rage, where he barely escaped hitting a ball person.

The American lost his composure during his 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Federico Coria on Thursday as his victory was soured by a certain incident in the deciding set.

As he stood 4-1 ahead, Brooksby threw his racket into the ground, which then bounced up the pitch to a ball person, who was forced to jump out to avoid being hit.

“I’m really sorry for my actions out there today,” he wrote on Instagram.

‘I will learn from this and continue to grow on and off the pitch.

‘Thanks to the fans for the support out there today! See you on Saturday! Round 1 @miamiopen. ‘

Brooksby only got a point penalty despite Coria calling for tougher penalties.

His actions led to calls from some in the tennis world that Brooksby should be sentenced to a much more severe punishment.

The former World No. 1 and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki said on the Tennis Channel: ‘This should definitely be a disqualification.’

Australian tennis coach Craig O’Shannessy added: ‘It’s a standard. It is definitely a standard.

»It is a positive standard. It is clearly a standard. I do not know what else to say. ‘

Brooksby’s actions come less than a month after Alexander Zverev was sentenced to a suspended eight-week quarantine for smashing his racket against the judge’s chair at the ATP 500 event in Acapulco.

Zverev was fined $ 20,000 (£ 15,250) for verbal abuse, $ 20,000 (£ 15,250) for unsportsmanlike conduct and forfeited more than $ 31,000 (£ 23,640) in prize money and all placement points earned from singles and doubles for the Aberdeen Mexico Tournament.

He was also expelled from the tournament.

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