Medvedev’s Open heel turn nets $9K fine

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Daniil Medvedev’s heel turn at the U.S. Open cost him $9,000 – rais­ing his to­tal for fines at the tour­na­ment to $19,000 af­ter three matches.

The U.S. Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion said the No. 5seeded Rus­sian was docked $5,000 for un­sports­man­like con­duct for an­grily snatch­ing and throw­ing away a towel from a ballper­son, and $4,000 for hold­ing his mid­dle fin­ger against the side of his face dur­ing his third-round vic­tory.

That be­hav­ior re­sulted in a steady stream of boo­ing from the Louis Arm­strong Sta­dium crowd through­out the match. The jeers reached a crescendo af­ter Medvedev’s win was done, and he seemed to rel­ish it and egged the spec­ta­tors on.

Sar­cas­tic as can be, he told them: “I want all of you to know, when you sleep tonight, I won because of you.”

Medvedev has been fined af­ter each of his matches so far: $7,500 for ver­bal abuse in the first round, $2,500 for equip­ment abuse in the sec­ond.

He can af­ford the penal­ties, though: By reach­ing the fourth round, he’s guar­an­teed to take home at least $280,000

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