Marcos Baghdatis was given a code violation during the U.S. Open after he used his mobile phone during a changeover.
Baghdatis, who is a former Australian Open finalist, had his phone close to a towel at a changeover after he was 4-1 behind in the second set of his match.
Baghdatis lost the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
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Marcos Baghdatis: Handed violation for unsportsmanlike conduct
Since checking mobile phones during matches is not permitted due to rules prohibiting coaching, chair umpire Alison Hughes gave Baghdatis a warning. As reported by ESPN, “unsportsmanlike conduct” was handed as the official reason for the warning.
Baghdatis discussed the warning with the chair umpire at the next changeover. His defense was, “I cannot look at the time? (What) if I want to look at the time?”
The tennis player later admitted to the reporters he was “writing a message to my wife.”
Baghdatis’ wife, Karolina Sprem, has 10 ITF Women’s Circuit Singles titles and 1 ITF Women’s Circuit Doubles title to her name, according to WTA Tennis. From Croatia, she was born in 1984 and plays right handed.
Marcos Baghdatis ‘broke rules’
As reported by the Telegraph, when asked about whether being handed the warning was appropriate, Baghdatis said, “Yeah, I mean, there is rules, so I guess I broke the rules. So I got a warning for it.”
Playing against 10 seed Monfils, Sunday’s match was Baghdatis’ first Grand Slam fourth round since Melbourne in 2009. Baghdatis only got 36 percent of his first serves in and made 43 unforced errors.
“I never wrote a message to anybody during a match before, but I thought, ‘Why not?'” When asked what the message was, though, he said, “No way I’m going to share what the message was. Nice try, though. No way.”
“I think I had the worst day of my life on my serve,” he said.