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Swiss star hugs Wimbledon line judge after racket incident

The Swiss player made the sporting gesture after the incident in his match against Reilly Opelka.

Stan Wawrinka looks dejected following defeat to Reilly Opelka (Mike Egerton/PA)
Stan Wawrinka looks dejected following defeat to Reilly Opelka (Mike Egerton/PA)

Tennis star Stan Wawrinka offered an apologetic hug to a Wimbledon line judge after accidentally hitting her with his racket.

The Swiss player made the sporting gesture after the incident in his match against Reilly Opelka on Court 2 at Wimbledon on Wednesday.

Wawrinka, already a set down in the match, was returning the American’s serve when the collision happened.

Watching spectators initially let out gasps, but then applauded Wawrinka’s offer of a hug to the line judge who remained smiling.

Speaking after the match which ended in defeat for Wawrinka, he said: “I was a bit too far to return a serve.

“I think I went against her, so I was sure she had some pain and was not happy, so I gave her a little hug.”

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