Swiss world number one Roger Federer has been fined $1,500 (SFr1,550) for swearing while arguing with the chair umpire during the US Open final.This content was published on September 17, 2009 - 22:09
CBS microphones picked up the exchange during its live broadcast of Monday's match, which Federer ended up losing, thus failing to become the first man in the modern game to win six consecutive titles at the same event.
Federer complained to umpire Jake Garner when he thought extra time was being given to Juan Martin del Potro to challenge a line call.
"I wasn't allowed to challenge after two seconds. The guy takes, like, ten," he said. "How can you allow that stuff to happen? Do you have any rules in there? Stop showing me the hand, OK? Don't tell me to be quiet, OK? When I wanna talk I'll talk. I don't give a shit what he said – I'm just saying he waited too long ..."
Tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier said Federer was being docked the same amount as two other players – Vera Zvonareva of Russia and Daniel Köllerer of Austria – for audible obscenity.
Widmaier says a total of $31,500 in fines was being collected by the tournament, topped by Serena Williams's $10,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. She also was fined $500 for racket abuse.
Daniel Nestor of Canada was docked $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct toward a fan.
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