Sunday 22 October 2017

'I'm hitting him as much as he's hitting me' - French tennis star fined €8,000 at Wimbledon for barging into ball boy

France's Adrian Mannarino returns against Spain's Feliciano Lopez during their men's singles first round match on the second day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2017.
Lopez retired from the match, with Mannarino wining 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, 4-3. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF
France's Adrian Mannarino returns against Spain's Feliciano Lopez during their men's singles first round match on the second day of the 2017 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2017. Lopez retired from the match, with Mannarino wining 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, 4-3. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF

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Tennis player Adrian Mannarino has been fined just under €8000 after barging into a ball boy at Wimbledon.

The French player bumped into the youngster near the net while walking back to his chair.

He was penalised by the umpire, docked a point, and later given two fines for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Mannarino, 29, who beat Japan's Yuichi Sugita during the second-round match on Thursday, protested to the umpire who admonished him.

"What did I do? I was just passing by. We were shoulder to shoulder," he said.

"I was just trying to move. I was slowing down, (he) was close to me, I had to stop it."

He added: "It's a joke. I'm hurting myself just not to hurt (him) and you give me a warning.

"Ball kids are the priority, right? I cannot walk to my chair?

"I'm not hitting him. I'm hitting him as much as he's hitting me."

American player Jack Sock was also penalised on Thursday.

He was given a fine of 4,000 dollars (£3,100) for verbal abuse.

Press Association

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