Wimbledon umpires hand out record £95,000 in fines

Mail Online | 7/9/2019 | Joseph Curtis For Mailonline
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Serena Williams has been £8,000 for damaging a practice court with a a racquet - as Wimbledon bosses handed out a record-breaking £95,000 in fines with six days of the tournament still to go.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion bested fellow American Alison Riske on Centre Court today 6-4 4-6 6-3 today, but on the eve of the match was hit with a fine for damaging a practice court with her racquet.

Williams - Amount - Damage - £8 - Fine

A bemused Williams wasn't quite sure how she managed to cause the amount of damage that would justify the hefty £8,000 fine.

She told CNN: 'I haven't really thought about it, to be honest. I just threw my racquet. I got fined.'

Damage - Racquet - Mean - Avenger - Heart

When the 37-year-old was probed on how she could have caused that much damage by just throwing a racquet she added: 'I mean, I guess if you could tell me, I would appreciate it. I mean, I have always been an Avenger in my heart. Maybe I'm super strong, I don't know.'

Fifteen players were hit with a combined £85,000 in the first week - eclipsing the previous record of £72,200 for the entire tournament in 2017.

Fabio - Fognini - £2 - 'bomb - SW19

Italian Fabio Fognini was docked £2,400 for saying he wanted a 'bomb to explode' at SW19.

Tennis 'bad boy' Nick Kyrgios was also punished for unsportsmanlike conduct after rows with the umpires in both his first and second round matches - being fined £2,400 and £4,000 respectively.

Fine - Bernard - Tomic - £45 - Prize

The biggest fine was for Bernard Tomic, who lost his entire £45,000 prize money for a lack of effort in his first round defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Fines can be handed out for a variety of offences including swearing, damaging the court, throwing a racquet, abusive language towards officials and a lack of effort.

Wimbledon - Executive - Richard - Lewis - Year

Wimbledon chief executive Richard Lewis was keen to play down this year's bad behaviour,...
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