There are several reasons why being a tennis player can be considered a career. Tennis players develop not only their tennis skills but also grow as people imbibed with values they learned in the court. However, despite their best efforts to maintain their composure and sportsmanship, there are times when players lose themselves and do things that they regret later. Such actions not only tarnish their role model profiles but also lead to payment of fines that can reach extravagant amounts. The following incidents describe some of the most expensive fines paid by tennis players over the years.
- A CODE VIOLATION COST SERENA WILLIAMS $17,000
In 2018, during her match against Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams was fined $17,000 due to a supposedly code violation. However, according to Williams, the umpire was a sexist, and she lost a point, and basically the US Open match, because of the umpire’s behavior. On the record, Williams called the umpire a thief.
- OBSCENE LANGUAGE COST JOHN MCENROE $7,500
During the 1987 US Open, John McEnroe had a match against Slobodan Zivojonic. However, it turned that his real battle was with the umpire, whom he argued with several times. Given his behavior and the use of obscene language, McEnroe was fined with $17,500. He also received a two-month suspension as part of his punishment. Unpacified, McEnroe later commented that the fine ruined another match for him.
- BORIS BECKER SHOULDN’T HAVE MADE FALSE ACCUSATIONS
Boris Becker is a great tennis player with a six-time Grand Slam championship to his name. However, despite his successful career, he was not immune to penalties. In fact, he was fined with $20,000 for a quite unusual incident: he made a false accusation against his opponent. Specifically, Becker accused Thomas Muster of using performance-enhancing drugs. What really happened was Becker could not believe that his opponent had recovered after seemingly lost his energy in the remaining sets of their game.
- THREE STRIKES BROUGHT NOT LUCK TO DANIIL MEDVEDEV
Daniil Medvedev seemed to have a lot of change in his pockets in the 2017 Wimbledon Championships. With three violations of conduct, he was fined with $26,000. The penalty might sound absurd, but Medvedev already received a $4000 warning fine when he insulted the chair of the umpire. Furthermore, he made snide remarks against the impure and further tossed coins on the umpire chair.