French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic has been handed the heaviest fine at Wimbledon so far for an incident that happened off-court.
Mladenovic, who lost in the first round of singles as well as women’s doubles, was fined $7500 because a member of her entourage was abusive towards Wimbledon staff.
According to British press, the incident happened shortly after Mladenovic and Timea Babos, who were the No 2 seeds in women’s doubles, lost 1-6, 2-6, to Arina Rodionova and Zarina Diyasthe opening round on Thursday.
After the match, one of the members in Mladenovic’s entourage tried to arrange private transport back to the hotel.
But they were told they would have to wait for tournament shuttle bus according to the bubble protocols.
When told this, the member was abusive towards Wimbledon staff and security had to be called in to resolve the situation.
Mladenovic has not responded to the fine yet.
Apart from the Mladenovic, French Open finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was also fined $3,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Six men’s players have been handed fines so far, with Nick Kyrgios topping the list with two offences.
He has been fined a total of $5,500 while World No 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was knocked out in the first round of singles, was fined $3,000 for coaching code violation.
List of fines
Stefanos Tsitsipas (coaching): $3,000
Corentin Moutet (unsportsmanlike conduct): $2,500
Radu Albot (racquet abuse): $2,500
James Duckworth (racquet abuse): $2,500
Nick Kyrgios (audible obscenity): $2,500
Dan Evans (audible obscenity): $3,000
Nick Kyrgios (audible obscenity): ($3,000)
Kristina Mladenovic (unsportsmanlike conduct): $7,500
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (unsportsmanlike conduct): $3,000