- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 14, 2012

INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. (AP) - Michael Llodra of France left the BNP Paribas Open a little lighter in his wallet after being fined $2,500 by the ATP Tour for verbal abuse during a match.

The incident occurred during Llodra’s first-round match against Ernests Gulbis of Latvia last week. During Llodra’s three-set victory, he was heard by a reporter to have said some racial epithets toward a group of fans.

The tournament later fined Llodra in accordance with ATP rules. A tournament spokesman says Llodra was also verbally abusive toward the ballkids.

Llodra later retired with a knee injury from his second-round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He is scheduled to play in next week’s Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

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