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Daniil Medvedev gets R188 000 fine for umpire rant at Australian Open

Russia's Daniil Medvedev argues with the umpire during his men's singles semi-final match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas. Photo: Michael Errey/AFP

Russia's Daniil Medvedev argues with the umpire during his men's singles semi-final match against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas. Photo: Michael Errey/AFP

Published Jan 29, 2022

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Melbourne - Daniil Medvedev was fined a total of R188 00 ($12,000) 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".

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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.

"Are you mad? Are you mad? (Tsitsipas's) father can coach every point?" Medvedev screamed at Campistol.

"Are you stupid? His father can talk every point?

"His father can talk every point?

"Answer my question. Will you answer my question? Will you answer my question? Can you answer my question? Can you answer my question, please?

"Can his father talk every point?”

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After an indistinguishable response from Campistol, Medvedev yelled:

"Oh my god. Oh my god, you are so bad, man. How can you be so bad in semi-final, your answer? Look at me. I'm talking to you!"

Later, Medvedev called the umpire a "small cat". At his post-match press conference, he said he regretted making the outburst.

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Medvedev's career earnings, according to the ATP, are just over $22 million while the winner's prize money will be $2 million)

Medvedev stands between Rafael Nadal and a record 21 Grand Slam titles in the Australian Open final.

AFP

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