A mea culpa without concession. Michael Kouame apologized for his behavior at the end of the ITF Juniors match in Accra, where he slapped his opponent Raphael Nii Ankrah during the traditional handshake at the net. The 15-year-old Frenchman explains that he was attacked during the match by the Ghanaian public, who were pushing for the local player. But that cannot excuse his gesture.

“Hello everyone, I sincerely regret my gesture on Tuesday at the ITF Ghana tournament, during my match against Raphael Nii Ankrah, writes Kouame on Instagram. Unfortunately, I had a bad move against Raphael, after an extremely frustrating and difficult game for me. During the match, I was repeatedly verbally abused by many people in the audience, including insults against my mother; But that doesn’t excuse my behavior. Above all, I would like to publicly apologize to Raphael. I was wrong and my gesture was completely unacceptable. I accept all consequences arising from my behavior from the ITF authorities; I will use this time to see how I can better handle these kinds of situations in the future, in a way that reflects my true personality. »