Doubles star M. Bryan fined for shooting gesture
NEW YORK -- American doubles star Mike Bryan was fined $10,000 on Sunday for making a shooting gesture with his racket, aimed at a linesperson, during a US Open match at Flushing Meadows on Saturday night.
Bryan turned his racket upside down and held it as if he was holding a gun, in the direction of the official who had made a poor call. The incident happened late in the second set of the second-round doubles match between Mike and Bob Bryan and Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain and Federico Delbonis of Argentina.
Trailing by a set but leading 6-5, the Bryans challenged a lob that had been called in. When the Hawk-eye replay showed it was clearly long, Mike Bryan turned his racket round so the handle was aimed toward the linesperson before going on to point his finger toward both the umpire and linesperson.
The umpire, Mariana Alves, issued Mike Bryan a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct.
"What did I do? Just tell me what I did, real quick," Mike Bryan asked. The umpire answered: "You made a gesture. I don't think that is appropriate."
It's the highest fine given to a male player so far at this year's U.S. Open.
U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Brendan McIntyre said: "The gesture warranted that amount.''
Mike Bryan issued a statement about the incident to the New York Times on Sunday.
"I apologize for any offense I may have caused. We won the point and the gesture was meant to be playful. But given the recent news and political climate I understand how my gesture could be viewed as insensitive. I promise that I will never do anything like this again."
The Bryan brothers went on to win Saturday's match 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.