January 19, 2021

Christian Harrison fined upon declining interview over wearing mask

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Christian Harrison fined upon declining interview over wearing mask

American tennis player Christian Harrison, ranked 789th in the world, has been fined $3,000 by the ATP after refusing to take part in a mandatory on-court interview at the Delray Beach Open in Florida as it required him wearing a mask.

He decided not to wear a mask after his win and declined to be interviewed on court.

The 26-year-old spoke out against wearing masks on social media last week saying: “Healthy enough to play 3 hour matches. But I’m an absolute safety hazard walking maskless through a restaurant.”

“Christian Harrison was fined $3,000 for declining the mandatory post-match on-court interview following his second round win over Cristian Garin on Saturday,” the ATP said in a statement.

Harrison reached his first ATP semi-final by defeating Gianluca Mager 7-6(2) 6-4 at the event on Monday.

He wore a mask for the subsequent on-court interview and later took over on Instagram posted that he was not informed it was mandatory to wear one for TV interviews.

Harrison added that the ATP supervisor had told him that the fine would be rescinded if he appealed and promised to follow tournament rules even if he did not agree with them.

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“It’s not healthy to wear a mask in the hot sun for more time than absolutely necessary after a tough match. I was given the impression it was optional. I wasn’t told I would be fined,” he said in the post.

“I was required to do a sit-down interview after the match with the same person which I agreed to and I did not have to wear a mask for it. It’s not about safety to wear mask for TV to talk to a microphone with no one around.

“I don’t support masking people for the sake of it for TV.”

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