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Agassi fined $3,000 for spitting and swearing at umpire

By FREDERICK WATERMAN UPI Sports Writer

NEW YORK -- Andre Agassi was fined $3,000 Friday after officials viewed a videotape of his second-round U.S. Open match and realized the fourth seed had sworn twice and spit at the umpire.

In the second set of Agassi's match with Petr Korda Thursday night, the 20-year-old shouted an obscenity, called umpire Wayne McKewen a 'son of a bitch' and spit on him. McKewen gave Agassi a warning after the obscenity, did not act on the name-calling but assessed a penalty point for spitting.

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Grand Slam supervisor Ken Farrar was summoned to the court and rescinded the penalty point, accepting Agassi's claim that the spitting was unintentional. McKewen was using the traditional umpire's chair which puts him eight feet above the court.

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