Australian Open 2022: Daniil Medvedev cops $12,000 fine for umpire rant

The Russian world number two was handed two fines by Tennis Australia — $8,000 for a 'visible obscenity' and $4,000 for 'unsportsmanlike conduct'.

Agence France-Presse January 29, 2022 14:19:42 IST
Australian Open 2022: Daniil Medvedev cops $12,000 fine for umpire rant

Daniil Medvedev of Russia gestures after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, on Friday. AP

Melbourne: Daniil Medvedev was fined a total of US$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".

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?”

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.

Medvedev's career earnings, according to the ATP, are just over $22 million while the winner's prize money will be AUS$2.875 million ($2 million).

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

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