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Bob Bryan takes photo of ball mark during French Open doubles match

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(Screengrab by @BenRotheberg)

Bob Bryan was the second player to take a phone photo of a ball mark this week. (Screengrab by @BenRothenberg)

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Bob and Mike Bryan took issue with a line call during their second-round doubles match against Eric Butorac and Jack Sock on Saturday. Bob took a cue from Sergiy Stakhovsky’s improvised “Hawk-Eye” earlier this week and grabbed his phone to take a photo of a disputed ball mark, earning a warning from the chair umpire.

The Bryan brothers went on to oust their U.S. compatriots 7-5, 7-6 (2).

While it’s all a fun joke to go to the phone and take a picture of a mark to show up the umpires, the use of phones on court for any purpose is not permitted. In this age of texting, Twitter and WhatsApp, players could easily use their phones to receive illegal coaching.

“It’s only going to happen more,” Roger Federer said of smart-phone use. “I think it’s pretty funny, actually. The problem is that clearly there could be coaching going on through mobile devices.

“It would probably be so easy to do. Go to the toilet and you hide it somewhere. I’m just saying anything is possible. You have to hope that the players use it in a funny way, and it’s not meant to be bad or disrespectful.”

Stakhovsky was fined $2,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct for his picture-taking during a first-round loss to Richard Gasquet. No word yet if Bob will face a similar fine, but unless he followed Gael Monfils’ example and received the umpire’s permission to use his phone, he should. Grand Slam committee director Bill Babcock told Reuters that the rules surrounding the use of phones on court will be reviewed.

“Although the current rule is conclusive in that players are not allowed to use devices at all unless approved, we can and should always consider ways to make sure the rule is consistently enforced,” he said.

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  • Published On Jun 01, 2013
  • 5 comments
    joelwexler
    joelwexler

    There are devices called "cameras" that take pictures, and have no communication capability.

    vince2
    vince2

    Why is copying some idiot the thing to do for one of the best doubles players in history?  This is one of those jokes that was funny the first time and is already old and stale.

    RodVenger
    RodVenger

    Cellphone jammers. Who wants to listen to someone's Aunt Martha yapping to one of her friends in a semi-final match? If the fans can't get cell reception then neither can the players, ergo, no coaching under the guise of taking a photo or even in the bathroom.

    spystud
    spystud

    Ridiculous, Bob should be embarrassed. Sergiy is the Anastasia Rodionova of men's tennis, no one cares about him. Bob should have some class.

    ChrisM
    ChrisM

    Smart Rog!  Never thought of the coaching implications...ban them, and also kick out any rich brats in the stands staring at their phone the whole damn time when most of us would kill to be at a top level live event! LOL