Sergiy Stakhovsky fined for photo of ball mark at French Open

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Sergiy Stakhovsky gained widespread attention for taking this picture and tweeting it.

Sergiy Stakhovsky gained widespread attention for taking this picture and tweeting it.

The player who used his phone to snap a photo of a ball mark during a French Open match has been fined $2,000 (about 1,500 euros).

Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine was cited for unsportsmanlike conduct for setting aside his racket and taking a picture of the spot in the red clay where a shot landed near a line in his 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 loss to seventh-seeded Richard Gasquet at Roland Garros.

The penalty was listed Thursday among other fines of players at the Grand Slam tournament. The match was Monday.

Stakhovsky said he spoke to a tennis official in the hope of avoiding losing some of his prize money. But he wound up getting docked about 7 percent of the roughly $27,000 (21,000 euros) he earned as a first-round loser.