U.S. Open Umpire Scolds Player for Using Cellphone During Match. Player Says he Was Texting His Wife
NEW YORK — Marcos Baghdatis was warned by a chair umpire for using his cellphone during a changeover in his fourth-round U.S. Open loss to Gael Monfils.
Baghdatis, the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open, sat in his sideline chair after falling behind 4-1 in the second set and fiddled with his phone, holding it near a white towel that was on his lap.
Using a phone during a professional tennis match is not allowed, and chair umpire Alison Hughes noticed what was going on.
Later, Baghdatis told reporters he was messaging his wife.
Monfils won the match in straight sets: 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.