Player at French Open takes photo of ball mark

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PARIS (AP) — Picture this: Angered by a line call, a player at the French Open pulls out his phone and uses it to snap a photo of the mark left in the red clay by the ball.

That's exactly what Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine did in the first set of his 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 loss to seventh-seeded Richard Gasquet of France in the first round Monday.

The 101st-ranked Stakhovsky hit a cross-court shot that landed right along a line. It was ruled out, but Stakhovsky was sure it was in.

He argued with the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, who wouldn't change the decision. So Stakhovsky decided to gather some evidence, getting the phone and walking to where the spot in question was, then leaning over to get a close-up.

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