Tennis star Keothavong racially abused in Devon
Police are questioning three men after a leading female tennis player was allegedly racially abused as she prepared for a tournament.
British number three Anne Keothavong, 27, posted a message on Twitter saying she was “disgusted” after being subjected to a “barrage” of abuse from a group of men.
She had just arrived in Barnstaple, Devon, ahead of the Aegon GB Pro-Series Open when the alleged incident took place on Sunday.
Keothavong wrote on the website: “I’m fuming. Just received a barrage of racial abuse from a group of guys as I walked from the car park to the hotel. Disgusted.”
She added later: “I was on my own and completely outnumbered. 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 tournament.
A police spokesman confirmed that three men, aged 20, 23, 25, were arrested after the allegations were made by the tennis star.
He said: “Police can confirm that a 27-year-old woman from London has made an allegation of a racially-aggravated incident.
“Three men have been arrested for this offence and for a separate shoplifting incident. They remain in police custody waiting to be interviewed. Police investigations continue.”