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Man who snatched Jack Sock's towel from Irish fan should be ashamed, says Judy Murray

Judy Murray has spoken out about the man who snatched tennis star Jack Sock's towel from a young Irish fan's hands - saying he should be ashamed of himself.

Wimbledon viewers were shocked on Tuesday when the American sportsman threw his towel into the crowd after his match which was caught by the Irish fan.

However a man who was seated in front of him snatched the towel out of his hands - immediately causing outrage on Twitter.

Judy Murray - mother to tennis stars Andy and Jamie - tweeted after the incident:

She told the Press Association: "I thought 'What are you doing?'. I hope that somebody recognises him and comes forward with his name and that Jack Sock can give him a towel."

Sock also tweeted about the incident, writing:

Sock's agent has said the young fan had been found.

Mary Jane Orman said in a statement: "The boy messaged Jack directly on Instagram and is from Ireland.

"He is gone home now but Jack invited him to his matches and said he will send him a towel."

Ms Murray added: "You want the whole thing to be a wonderful experience and you don't want anybody to be going home disappointed so I think it was a lovely gesture of him (Jack Sock) and I hope he manages to find the guy."

The Strictly Come Dancing star, who coached her son Andy as a child, spoke about his disappointment when he failed to get his hero's signature at Wimbledon as a seven-year-old.

"I remember Jamie just wanted to watch the matches and Andy just wanted to watch the practice courts and all he wanted to do was get the autograph of Andre Agassi who is his absolute hero," she said.

"He would literally be out there at the practice courts all day hoping to get the autograph and he actually never managed to do it.

"It had quite a big impact on him as a little kid.

"That real disappointment that he hadn't managed to get what he really wanted and I think that's one of the reasons why he's so good at staying behind and signing everything for everybody because of the experience that he had."

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