Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Nick Kyrgios and Venus Williams hit with fine in opening round of Australian Open !!


Nick Kyrgios has been slapped with the second largest fine of the Australian Open to date after swearing in his first round victory against Pablo Correno Busta on Monday.
Kyrgios was hit was a $US3000 (NZ$4702.27) fine on Wednesday for audible obscenity during his straight sets win over the Spaniard.
While Kyrgios has a suspended $25,000 fine and 28-day ban hanging over his head, the strict guidelines around verbal and physical abuse are only applicable at ATP events, not grand slams.
The suspended sanctions were put in place after his now infamous "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend" sledge at Stan Wawrinka in August last year.


However the biggest fine of the tournament has been handed to former world No.1 Venus Williams, who copped $US5000 (NZ$7837.11) fine for not fronting a mandatory post-match media conference on Tuesday.
Williams wasn't in the mood for talking following her shock straight sets defeat to the Sydney-born Johanna Konta, who now represents Great Britain.
Australian Open officials announced the 35-year-old, who went down 6-4, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena, was sanctioned for her actions with a $5000 fine on Wednesday.
While her sister Serena Williams attended her post match commitments, she did call a premature end to the conference, saying "I'm calling it, I'm out" as she left the room.
Venus, the tournament's No.8 seed, was hit with the largest fine a female competitor has been given for brushing the media conference, and the second highest since former Australian Open champion Marat Safin was fined $10,000 at the French Open in 2001.
Australia's women have struggled at this year's Open, but Konta - who represented Australia from 2008 to 2012 before joining Great Britain - has no plans of returning.
"No. Unfortunately, my home is Great Britain," she said.
"It has been for a long time now, over a decade. Yeah, no, that's where my heart is."
 - smh.com.au

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