Wimbledon 2017 | Bernard Tomic and Daniil Medvedev fined for 'unsportsmanlike conduct"

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Wimbledon 2017 | Bernard Tomic and Daniil Medvedev fined for 'unsportsmanlike conduct"

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Bernard Tomic and Daniil Medvedev have been fined a whopping $15,000 each for their 'unsportmanslike' antics during the first week of the Wimbledon. Tomic had said he was ‘bored’ during his first-round exit, while Medvedev threw coins at the umpire's chair hinting at biased umpiring.

Bernard Tomic and Daniil Medvedev have caused the biggest flashpoints of the first week at Wimbledon. While both have faced early exits at the event, they will carry a substantially lighter bounty of prize money along with a bag of shame on their way home.

Tomic made disparaging remarks about how he was bored after his first-round loss to Mischa Zverev and also admitted that he had called his trainer on court only to disrupt his opponent's momentum and not for medical reasons. Subsequently, Tomic was fined £11,600 ($15,000) for his comments after the match wherein he said, he would hand his prize money back if Roger Federer returned $500 million of his earnings. The mercurial Aussie also claimed to have faked an injury during his first round loss to the German. Racket-maker Head has added to his woes after they dropped him following the incident.

Tomic has added to the cloud that hangs over the current generation of Australians, along with the equally mercurial Nick Kyrgios, with the players seeming to hit the headlines more for incidents off-court than their on-court exploits.

On the other hand, Medvedev was handed three fines that totaled to £11,200 ($14,500) after he threw coins at the umpire’s chair following his second-round loss to Ruben Benelmans. The Russian had created the biggest upset of the tournament so far when he ousted Stan Wawrinka in the first round but could not sustain his momentum. Not only did he squander a two-set lead to bow out of the tournament, after his loss, the 21-year-old Russian pulled his wallet out of his bag and tossed some coins at the umpire's chair hinting at biased umpiring which he has vehemently denied.

“It was stupid, but it was not like this. It was just that I was packing my things and I saw my wallet. In the heat of the moment I did a stupid thing. I was ready to leave the court, but that’s what happened. I don’t even remember what the coins were.”

“I was disappointed with the result,” he said. “It was frustrating after a big win. The match was not going well for me. In the heat of the moment, I did a bad thing. I apologise. Sometimes you are unhappy with the call. Sometimes it’s in your favour. It happens.”

Finally, though he insisted that his actions did not imply a sense of bribery, he was fined a total of  £11,200 ($14,500) for his antics.

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