ATP slammed for ‘painfully stupid policy’ as star fined for actions during trophy ceremony

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Former world No 1 Andy Roddick has slammed the ATP after it handed a bizarre fine to Reilly Opelka following the Dallas Open. Opelka defeated Jenson Brooksby in the tournament’s final but landed himself in hot water during the trophy presentation. 

An entertaining match saw the American beat countryman Brooksby 7-6 7-6 in Dallas on February 13.  

But the world No 23 has now revealed a strange fine he received for his actions during the presentation.  

Opelka tweeted a code violation record sheet that stated the offence was ‘headgear worn during trophy presentation.’

Further down, the piece of paper reads: “Mr. Opelka chose to keep his hat on during the prize presentation ceremony.”

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“Too good @atptour,” Opelka sarcastically tweeted with a picture of the fine. The giant 24-year-old added a clapping-hands emoji but appeared to crop out the part that showed how much money he had been set back.  

And fellow American Roddick has slammed the fine.  

“This is painfully stupid policy by the ATP,” the 39-year-old wrote.  

Asked in the replies to his tweet if he ever received a similar fine, Roddick continued: “Not once. Didn’t even know it was a rule. Maybe it’s changed since I stopped but it’s a really dumb/useless rule.”

Opelka might have risked further punishment by ripping into ATP chair Andrea Gaudenzi. 

“How long is it before Don Gaudenzi ask one of his henchmen to ask @ReillyOpelka to delete his post?” One fan wrote in response to the fine.  

Opelka replied: “He’s too busy not taking salary cuts while players still are.” 

Opelka dominated his matches at the Dallas Open. He led all players in aces with 100, and won 75 per cent of his first serves.  

“It was a great week serving,” he said after the match. 

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“It’s one thing to serve well and have a nice motion and hit your spots, but you have to be smart and think it through. Brooksby is a good returner, and you have to be smart.” 

“I’m disappointed that I didn’t get it done today, but it has been a great week,” defeated finalist Brooksby added.

“I’m very proud of how I played. It was a tight match (today) and could have gone either way.  

“There will be other opportunities, and I’m just going to continue to work and get better.”
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