Tennis: Troicki, Serena handed $13,460 fines for meltdowns

Reuters

LONDON - Viktor Troicki was fined US$10,000 (S$13,460) on Saturday for his astonishing Wimbledon meltdown while Serena Williams was hit with the same punishment for smashing her racquet.

Fiery Troicki, the 25th seed from Serbia, slumped to a second round 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 defeat to Spain's Albert Ramos Vinolas after slipping to match point down on a controversial over-rule by umpire Damiano Torella.

"You're the worst umpire in the world, you're so bad," screamed Troicki, who received a code violation for his behaviour.

He lost the match on the next point but continued his rant as Torella climbed down from his perch.

"You're horrible, you know what you did. You are the worst ever, you're an idiot," he said.

Defending women's champion Williams was handed a $10,000 fine for smashing her racquet after losing the first set of her third round tie to Christina McHale on Friday and then throwing it behind her, where it landed on the lap of a television cameraman.

Britain's Heather Watson was handed the heaviest fine of US$12,000 after jamming her raquet into the ground during her defeat to Germany's Annika Beck.

Australian Nick Kyrgios has been fined after both his matches so far and his US$4,000 punishment for an audible obscenity during Friday's second-round win over Dustin Brown took his tally to US$6,500.