French tennis player Paire fined $16,500 for racket tantrum
WASHINGTON (AP) French tennis player Benoit Paire’s racket-breaking tantrum at the Citi Open cost him $16,500 in fines levied by the ATP – more than twice his prize money at the tournament.
A tour spokesman said Wednesday that Paire was docked for unsportsmanlike conduct, audible obscenity and a lack of best efforts.
Paire repeatedly spiked and threw rackets late in his 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 first-round loss to Marcos Baghdatis on Tuesday night.
By the end, Paire didn’t even try to put balls in play and was booed off the court by spectators.
First-round losers at the hard-court tournament receive $7,130.
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