American tennis player Mike Bryan was fined $10,000 for pointing his racket like a rifle at a U.S. official. Open in New York City on Saturday.
Bryan’s gesture was caught on camera and that day there was a shooting incident in Texas where several people were killed and more than a dozen are wounded. Bryan was in the middle of a game of double match of U.S open tennis with his brother Bob when he points his racket to a game official like a rifle.
The 41-year-old appeared to be frustrated to a call that didn’t favor him. So he pretended to shoot using his racket pointing to a game official.
— doublefault28 (@doublefault28) September 1, 2019
The U.S Tennis Association fined Bryan $10,000 for what he did.
“We thought it warranted that amount,” U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Brendan McIntyre said in a statement.
Bryan later apologized for what he had done and said in a statement that it meant to be “playful.”
The Bryan brothers won the match by a score of 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Mike Bryan and Jack Sock won the U.S. Open doubles tournament last year.