US Open: Mike Bryan fined $ 10,000 for gun gesture

NEW YORK: American doubles player Mike Bryan He was fined $ 10,000 for the United States Open on Sunday for using his racket to shoot a line judge.

Bryan, playing with twin brother Bob, held his racket upside down and pointed it at the officer after successfully challenging an incorrect call.

Chair referee Mariana Alves issued a code violation against Mike Bryan for unsportsmanlike behavior.

The Bryan brothers, winners of 16 Grand Slam titles as a team, won the second round match 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 against Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain and Argentina's Federico Delbonis.

It is the highest fine received by a male player so far in this year's tournament.

I apologize for any offense you may have caused. We won the point and the gesture should be playful, Bryan said in a statement quoted by the New York Times.

But given the recent news and the political climate, I understand how my gesture could be seen as insensitive. I promise that I will never do something like that again.

Seven people were killed in Texas on Saturday in the last of several mass shootings that took place in the United States this year.