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Opelka slams 'joke' $10k US Open fine for carrying pink unapproved bag on court

Reilly Opelka has hit out at the US Open after he was handed a $10,000 (£7,200) fine by the US Open for carrying an unapproved bag onto court.

During his second-round win over Lorenzo Musetti he endured the wrath of tennis officials when he carried on a pink tote bag with the logo of a Belgian art gallery.

The logo of the gallery exceeded the acceptable measurements stated in the rulebook resulting in a hefty fine – the largest ever handed out at the US Open – and it’s clear Opelka is not happy with the decision.

‘I mean, what a joke on the US Open to do that. 10K for a pink bag? Come on,’ Opelka said after advancing to last-16 with victory over Nikoloz Basilashvili

‘The head referee was telling me you should have come in and had this thing measured.

‘The ref just told me, I mean, I actually thought it was a different bag. We had that logo specifically made. We measured. It is too big.

‘It was not the same bag I was using at the French Open. We made the effort to make it smaller.

‘There was a mistake in production, I think, because in Europe with the conversion, with what was allowed.

‘But, yeah, I made the effort. The referee told me that it was too big and that was it.

‘She said to cover one side of it. That was in my first round. Yeah, I just got slapped with a $10,000 fine.’

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