A grown man has been caught on camera snatching an official Wimbledon towel from a young tennis fan after it was thrown into the crowd by US star Jack Sock.
Footage shows the boy clapping gleefully in support of Sock, who had just defeated Christian Garin in four sets to reach the second round of the championship.
But when the world No.18 threw his towel to him, the man in the front row of court 8 suddenly reached up and grabbed it out of his hands.
A brief struggle for the towel ensued but the young fan eventually gave up and returned to his seat empty-handed.
If ur the bloke in the blue polo shirt and hat, you should be ashamed…… https://t.co/KlZ250NCQP
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) July 4, 2017
Judy Murray, the mother of Andy Murray, shared the footage in a scathing Twitter post.
“If you’re the bloke in the blue polo shirt and hat, you should be ashamed…” she wrote.
The moment Jack Sock throws his towel to a young fan (Twitter)
Sock himself saw footage of the incident and issued a public plea to track down the youngster so he could give him another towel.
“If anyone knows the kid that unfortunately had the towel ripped out of his hands…tweet his name at me and I’ll be sure to get him one,” he wrote on Twitter.
If anyone knows the kid that unfortunately had the towel ripped out of his hands…tweet his name at me and I’ll be sure to get him one 🤙🏻
— Jack Sock (@JackSock) July 4, 2017
Tennis fans were quick to rally in support of the mystery boy, describing the man who took his towel as “greedy” and “disgraceful” on social media.
An official Wimbledon 2017 mens towel, measuring 133cm by 70cm, costs £30 from the online club shop.
«Recognised the world over the Wimbledon brand is synonymous with heritage and tradition,» reads the description. «These are the same towels used on court by the players, making them an ideal choice for a fan.»
Sock, 24, has never made it past the third round round at Wimbledon. He is set to play Sebastian Ofner of Austria in the second round at SW19 on Thursday.
It is not the first time sports fan have been caught fighting over souvenirs thrown by players to kids in the crowd.
In 2015, a shirt thrown by footballer Jermaine Beckford to a young Preston North End fan near the end of the play-off final was cruelly snatched away from a grown woman.