Aussie tennis bad boy Klein regrets making racial remark

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Sydney, Aug. 28 (ANI): Controversial Australian tennis player Brydan Klein has said that he deeply regrets making the racial slur that resulted in his suspension for six months.

In July, Klein, 19, was slapped with the ban, along with a 10,000-dollar fine by the ATP for making a racist remark to South African opponent Raven Klaasen during a qualifying match in England.

Having just completed a racial sensitivity course, which should see his ban reduced to four months, Klein could return to competitive tennis by mid-November, The Courier-Mail reports.

Speaking for the first time about the incident on Friday, he had given plenty of thought to what happened and apologised to Klaasen.

"I've went over everything that happened and reflected and refreshed my mind. I'm going to seek more advice over these four months. It's like a red mist, it happens and straight after you regret it.

"Straight after it I called my opponent and apologised. He said he accepted my apology," he told reporters.

Klein says he plans to use the time off to get in the best possible shape ahead of the Australian summer.

"I'm using this four months to my advantage. I'm going to try to work really hard on my mental side, and obviously my tennis, my physical side," he said

The 2007 junior Australian Open winner has had run-ins with officialdom in the past, having been suspended from the Australian Institute of Sport for repeated on-court misbehaviour.

Klein says he knows he cannot afford to slip up again.

"I'm definitely on my last warning. This has been a step back for me and it hasn't been a nice experience," he said. (ANI)

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