Thursday, July 9, 2009
Klein banned six months, fined
LONDON -- An Australian tennis player has been suspended for six months for racial abuse.
The ATP says former Australian Open junior champion Brydan Klein was penalized for making a racial slur during a qualifying match against South Africa's Raven Klaasen on June 13 at the grass-court tournament in Eastbourne, England.
The ATP says the 19-year-old Klein has been fined an additional $10,000 on top of the $14,000 fine he received on site. Klein was found guilty of aggravated behavior under the ATP code of conduct.
The suspension covers all ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events.
The final two months of the suspension and extra fine will be waived if he successfully completes a racial sensitivity training course.