Sydney, May 29 (ANI): A player at the French Open tournament had reportedly used his phone to snap a picture of a mark left in the red clay of the court by the ball as a future evidence after he was angered by a line call.
Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine set down his racquet and briefly became an amateur photographer in his 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 loss to seventh-seeded Richard Gasquet of France in the first round of the Grand Slam tournament, News.com.au reports.
Planning to show the picture to the tournament supervisor in hopes of avoiding losing some of his prize money, Stakhovsky defended his actions, saying that he did that to prevent a fine, adding that he believed that it was a bad call, adding that the mark should have been quite clear to the match referees since they were playing on clay.
According to the report, Stakhovsky had hit a shot during the first set that landed right along a line, and then took the photograph after the umpire ruled out the ball.
According to Stakhovsky, he pulled a similar stunt during the clay-court tournament at Munich last month, although he would be going to the supervisor in the French Open as this is a Grand Slam.
Meanwhile, Gasquet agreed the call was quite close and said that he was not bothered by Stakhovsky's antics, adding that he is merely amused by Stakhovsky's actions. (ANI)