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.