Daniil Medvedev fined $12,000 for explosive Australian Open court-side outburst
Daniil Medvedev has been fined $12,000 after launching a vicious tirade against the chair umpire in his Australian Open semi-final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Reigning US Open champion Medvedev overcame World number three Tsitsipas in the semi-finals of the Australian Open to set up an enticing tie with 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.
After World number two Medvedev made some errors that saw Tsitsipas claim the second set, during the changeover the Russian launched a court-side rant towards the chair umpire.
Medvedev felt Tsitsipas’ father Apostolos was coaching his son in Greek and was aggrieved when the umpire refused to caution Tsitsipas for such a violation.
The Russian was coded for a dissent violation and frustrations boiled over as Medvedev blasted the umpire, but the reigning US Open later went on to say he regretted his actions and recognised all umpires are trying to do their best.
As a result of his tirade, Medvedev has been fined $8,000 (£6,000) for unsportsmanlike conduct and $4,000 (£3,000) for an obscenity, a total of $12,000 (approximately £9,000).
However, Medvedev is guaranteed to earn at least $800,000 (£600,000) even if he loses in the final against Nadal.
Similarly, Denis Shapovalov was also fined $8,000 (approximately £6,000) for accusing the umpire of being corrupt in his quarter-final match against finalist Nadal.
This fine makes Medvedev the third highest fined player at this year’s Australian Open. Shapovalov tops the list with a total of $15,000 (£11,000), whilst Tsitsipas was fined on three separate occasions for a sum of $13,000 (£9,500).
Moreover, ‘Happy Slam’ doubles champion Nick Kyrgios was fined $10,000 (£7,500) for swearing and racket abuse.
Meanwhile, there has only been one fine on the women’s side of the Australian Open with the total coming to $9,500 (£7,000). This total for the entire women’s field is still lower than the amount any of the four above mentioned male counterparts were fined individually.
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