Wimbledon: Daniil Medvedev throws coins at umpire after defeat

Daniil Medvedev gives a press conference. Picture: PA
Daniil Medvedev gives a press conference. Picture: PA
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A Russian tennis player has apologised after throwing coins at an umpire during Wimbledon.

At the end of his second-round match, Daniil Medvedev got out his wallet and threw coins at the umpire’s chair after losing 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 to Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans.

At the 21-year-old’s post-match press conference, a journalist asked: “You understand the interpretation of it would mean you perhaps thought the referee or the umpire was biased or had been bought? Would that be the interpretation?”

Medvedev replied: “I haven’t thought about it. And that’s not the why I did it.”

The Russian player, ranked 49th in the world, was annoyed at the umpire after he disagreed with one of her calls in the fifth set.

He said: “I was disappointed with the result of the match. It was frustrating after a big win I had.

“All the match was not going well for me. So I was just very disappointed.

“In the heat of the moment, I did a bad thing. I apologise for this.”

The 2017 Grand Slam rulebook states that “players shall at all times conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner and give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators and others”.

It adds that “violation of this section shall subject a player to a fine up to $20,000” (£15,500).

Medvedev had previously caused a first-round upset at SW19 when he beat Swiss player Stan Wawrinka, ranked third in the world.

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