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