The clip, showing a middle-aged man wrestling the memorabilia out of the young boy’s hands, quickly went viral.
The boy couldn’t believe his luck until the guy in blue on the left grabs it from him. Source: BBC Sport
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
The older man even took the boy’s hand of the towel! Source: BBC Sport
Public shaming ensues …
After the grown man was publicly shamed by a number of people online, including Andy Murray’s mum Judy, Sock - the World No. 18 - did a call-out on social media to find the boy.
Taking to Instagram and Twitter, the tennis champ wrote: “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.”
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
You get a towel, you get a towel…everybody gets a towel! (well, not quite)It didn’t take long for people to jump on the bandwagon to help the young fan.
The US Open’s official Twitter account replied to Jack’s comment, saying: “If you find out, we’d like to send him a #USOpen towel.”
Multiple towels for the young tennis fan. Source: Twitter
It became a chain effect!
“@AustralianOpen, @rolandgarros, maybe send one of yours as well for a Slam sweep?”
The Aussies swiftly replied: “No sweat! Happy to chip in an #AusOpen towel”.
“Happy to complete the towels Grand Slam,” the French Open official account noted.
However, a lot of other tennis fans started asking for their grand slam towel collections.
We had a feeling we opened the towel floodgates with this one. 😂— US Open Tennis (@usopen) July 5, 2017
“We had a feeling we opened the towel floodgates with this one,” the US Open account replied.
Jack’s agent confirmed to the Irish Times that they had been in touch with the young tennis fan.
Mary Jane Orman said in a statement: “The boy messaged Jack directly on Instagram and is from Ireland.
“He is gone home now but Jack invited him to his matches and said he will send him a towel.”