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FINE TIME: Fabrice Santoro, a Davis Cup winner with France in 2001, was fined $1,500 for spitting toward a line judge during a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 loss to Mark Philippoussis.

Television cameras captured Santoro spitting in the line judge's direction after a disputed call in the fourth set of the second-round match. He was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct, the ITF said.

John Fitzgerald, Australia's Davis Cup captain, said Santoro was regarded as one of the sport's gentlemen, and the incident was out of character.

"I know him, and he's one of the politest kids out there," Fitzgerald said. "He obviously made a bit of a mistake; it was an on-the-spot wrong decision that he made."

A total of $9,250 in fines has been handed out at the Open. Belgium's Xavier Malisse has been fined $1,000 three times for unsportmanslike conduct.

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