Federer fears on-court phones
31 May 2013, 10:12
Paris - Roger Federer has given warning that players taking their mobile
phones on to court could undermine the game's integrity by receiving
The French Open has already featured two incidents with
Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky using his phone to take a picture of a ball
imprint after a contentious line call and local favourite Gael Monfils
snapping a Mexican wave in the crowd.
Stakhovsky, who was later
fined $2 000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, posted the picture taken
during his first-round defeat by Richard Gasquet on his Twitter feed.
the world number three and seeded second in Paris, said he could see
the funny side of such incidents but felt action might be needed to
prevent on-court coaching.
"It's only going to happen more," the
world number three told reporters. "I think it's pretty funny, actually.
The problem is that clearly there could be coaching going on through
"It would probably be so easy to do. Go to the
toilet and you hide it somewhere - I'm just saying anything is possible.
You have to hope that the players use it in a funny way and it's not
meant to be bad or disrespectful."
The use of phones on court is
prohibited with officials instructed that no electronic device be
permitted "during matches unless approved by the ITF
If officials suspect a player has used a device to receive coaching, they could issue a fine of up to $20 000.
escaped punishment because he asked the umpire for permission to take a
picture of the crowd who had risen to salute him during his
second-round victory over Ernests Gulbis.
"I asked the chair umpire before if I would be allowed to tape the wave? He told me: 'Sure, you can'," said the Frenchman.
Slam Committee director Bill Babcock told Reuters by email that the
subject "will certainly be raised" as part of the ongoing review of the
rules and code of conduct.
"Although the current rule is
conclusive in that players are not allowed to use devices at all unless
approved, we can and should always consider ways to make sure the rule
is consistently enforced," he said.