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American doubles participant Mike Bryan has been fined $10,000 (#8,222) for using his racquet to create a shooting gesture in a line judge during the US Open.
His racquet switched upside down and pointed it at the official after challenging an erroneous call.
It came through a triumph for brother and Bryan Bob from Federico Delbonis and Roberto Carballes Baena.
Bryan has given apologised, saying the gesture”was meant to be playful”.
Seven individuals were murdered in the newest of a mass shootings that were few to occur in the United States.
“We won the point and the gesture was meant to be lively,” explained Bryan in a statement quoted by the New York Times.
“However given the recent information and political climate I know how my gesture could be viewed as insensitive. I promise that I shall never do anything like this again.”
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