Christian Harrison fined $3K after refusing to put on masks
American tennis participant Christian Harrison has been fined $3,000 by the ATP after refusing to participate in a compulsory on-court interview on the Delray Seaside Open in Florida because it required him to put on a masks.
The qualifier, ranked 789th on this planet, shocked prime seed Cristian Garin of Chile 7-6(3) 6-2 on Saturday for his first victory in opposition to a top-50 participant.
He determined to not put on a masks following his win and declined to be interviewed on court docket.
The 26-year-old spoke out in opposition to carrying masks on social media final week saying: “Wholesome sufficient to play 3 hour matches. However I’m an absolute security hazard strolling maskless via a restaurant.”
“Christian Harrison was fined $3,000 for declining the obligatory post-match on-court interview following his second spherical win over Cristian Garin on Saturday,” the ATP stated in an announcement.
Harrison reached his maiden ATP semi-final by defeating Gianluca Mager 7-6(2) 6-4 on the occasion on Monday.
He wore a masks for the next on-court interview and later stated in an Instagram put up he was not conscious it was obligatory to put on one for TV interviews.
He added that the ATP supervisor had advised him that the fantastic can be rescinded if he appealed and promised to observe match guidelines even when he didn’t agree with them.
“It’s not wholesome to put on a masks within the scorching solar for extra time than completely essential after a troublesome match. I used to be given the impression it was non-obligatory. I wasn’t advised I’d be fined,” he stated within the put up.
“I used to be required to do a sit-down interview after the match with the identical particular person which I agreed to and I didn’t should put on a masks for it. It’s not about security to put on masks for TV to speak to a microphone with nobody round.
“I don’t help masking folks for the sake of it for TV.”
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