Australian Open 2022: Massive Fines Handed Down to Nick Kyrgios, Daniil Medvedev, Denis Shapovalov, and Stefanos Tsitsipas

As the opening Grand Slam of the season unfolds, players strive to give it all to win. The top tennis stars are determined to begin their season on a positive note by performing well at the Australian Open. Moreover, the Grand Slam Down Under sets the tone for the season ahead. Often called the ‘Happy Slam’, the tournament has not been ‘happy’ this year in terms of player outbursts.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 25, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal speaks to Canada’s Denis Shapovalov during the quarter final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

This year’s Australian Open has been one of the feistiest in the tournament’s history. We have already witnessed some shocking player outbursts against the chair umpires. Subsequently, the tennis stars involved in the ill-mouthed arguments have been fined heavily at the Australian Open 2022.

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The unruly conduct of the tennis stars involved in the arguments has invited big fines from Tennis Australia. Further, the men’s fines list is stacked with multiple offenders, which are as competitive as on court! Denis Shapovalov leads the pack with an accumulated fine of $15,000. Subsequently, he is followed by Stefanos Tsitsipas, having a total fine of $13,000.

Daniil Medvedev, who will play Rafael Nadal on Sunday, completes the top three, with a fine of $12,000. Meanwhile, the Australian Nick Kyrgios has a total fine of $10,000, with men’s doubles final still to play.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 28, 2022 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev remonstrates with the umpire during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Morgan Sette

On the other hand, there has been just a single fine in the women’s main draw. Oceane Dodin had received a coaching violation in the first round and was subsequently fined $3,000. The whole women’s field lags behind the personal total of any one of those four individual male athletes mentioned above.

New:#AusOpen competition in the men’s fines list, stacked with multiple-offenders, is as competitive as on court!

Shapovalov – $15,000
Tsitsipas – $13,000
Medvedev* – $12,000
Kyrgios* – $10,000

*Still able to further offend in upcoming matches! pic.twitter.com/NhOfsgKNTk

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 29, 2022

During his quarterfinal match against Rafael Nadal, Shapovalov had insisted the umpire give a time violation to the 20-time Grand Slam champion. The Canadian was unhappy with Nadal slowing him down. He even went on to add, “You guys are all corrupt.”

Shapovalov not happy with how much Nadal is slowing him down. “He just takes so long, I was ready to serve”

Tells Bernardes to give Nadal some warning.

— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 25, 2022

“You guys are all corrupt,” Denis Shapovalov says to umpire Carlos Bernardes after complaining that Nadal should’ve gotten a time violation.#AusOpen

— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) January 25, 2022

Further, Medvedev was involved in a heated moment with the chair umpire during his semifinals against Tsitsipas. He ranted, “If you don’t, you are… how can I call it… a small cat.”

Daniil Medvedev asking umpire Jaume Campistol to issue a code violation to Stefanos Tsitsipas for illegal coaching: “If you don’t, you are… how can I call it… a small cat.”

— Stuart Fraser (@stu_fraser) January 28, 2022

These incidents have marred the reputation of the tournament in what has been otherwise a great Australian Open thus far. Do you think that players should act as role models and behave more responsibly?

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