American tennis player Christian Harrison has been fined $3,000 by the ATP after refusing to participate in a mandatory on-court interview at the Delray Beach Open in Florida as it required him to wear a mask.
The qualifier, ranked No. 789 in the world, stunned top seed, Cristian Garin of Chile, 7-6(3), 6-2 on Saturday for his first victory against a top 50 player.
He decided to not put on a mask following his win and declined to be interviewed on the court.
The 26-year-old spoke out towards wearing masks on social media final week saying: “Wholesome sufficient to play 3-hour matches. However I am an absolute security hazard strolling maskless via a restaurant.”.
Harrison reached his maiden ATP semifinal by defeating Gianluca Mager 7-6(2), 6-Four on the event on Monday.
He wore a mask for the next on-court interview and later stated in an Instagram submit he was not conscious it was necessary to put on one for TV interviews.
He added that the ATP supervisor had advised him that the nice can be rescinded if he appealed and promised to observe event guidelines even if he did not agree with them.
“It is not healthy to put on a mask within the sizzling solar for extra time than absolutely necessary after a tough match. I used to be given the impression it was optional. I wasn’t advised I would be fined,” he said in the post.
“I used to be required to do a sit-down interview after the match with the same person which I agreed to, and I didn’t need to put on a mask for it. It is not about security to put on a mask for TV to talk to a microphone with nobody around.
“I do not assist masking folks for the sake of it for TV.”
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