Mike Bryan has received a fine of $10,000, which is the largest penalty incurred in the men’s event. This call came after Bryan was seen mimicking the act of pointing a rifle at one of the line judges at his match who made an incorrect call.
Due to Bryan’s behavior, the United States Open issued a fine and an unsportsmanlike conduct warning in a second-round match.
The offense happened during the 12th game during the second set in Bryan’s doubles match against Roberto Carballes Baena and Federico Delbonis. A lob coming from Delbonis landed quite close to the baseline, and was called by the line judge as in. However, Mike Bryan immediately challenged the call. After the video was reviewed, it showed that the ball had actually landed out by around half an inch.
As the validation occurred, Bryan was seen holding his racket in both hands and then pointed the handle at the line judge. As if it were a rifle. Bryan also pointed his finger at Mariana Alves, the chair umpire, and then once more back to the line judge, shaking his head. After his actions, Alves called a code violation due to unsportsmanlike conduct.
Bryan then asked the umpire what was his offense. Alves replied, “The gesture that you did… You did it to the line umpire and did it to me. You did with your racket like it was a gun. I don’t think that was appropriate.”