Australian Open; Daniil Medvedev fined Rs 9 lakh for umpire rant

Russian Tennis ace Daniil Medvedev was fined a total of US$12,000( Rs 9 lakh) Saturday following his extraordinary outburst at the chair umpire during his semi-final win over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Australian Open. The Russian world number two was handed two fines by Tennis Australia — $8,000 for a “visible obscenity” and $4,000 for “unsportsmanlike conduct”.

His four-set win over Tsitsipas sealed his second consecutive Australian final appearance, but it was his bewildering rant at chair umpire Jaume Campistol that dominated post-match talk. Later, Medvedev called the umpire a “small cat”. At his post-match press conference, he said he regretted making the outburst. Medvedev stands between Rafael Nadal and a record 21 Grand Slam titles in the Australian Open final.

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