American doubles tennis player Mike Bryan has been fined $10,000 for using his racket to make a shooting gesture at a line judge at the US Open tournament.
During Sunday’s match with his brother and doubles partner, Bob Bryan, against Federico Delbonis and Roberto Carballés Baena, Mike challenged a call made about a toss from Delbonis.
The ball had landed close to the baseline and officials originally called it in. When they went to review the video, it showed that Mike, 41, had been correct and the ball had actually landed outside the line.
When his challenge was validated, the tennis player was caught on camera taking his racket and pointing it like a rifle, staring down the handle as if it were the barrel of a gun, at the line judge.
The US Tennis Association handed the six-time US Open champion a $10,000 penalty on Sunday, the highest fine received by a male player so far at this year’s tournament.