Janowicz fined for Australian Open tirade
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Jerzy Janowicz's on-court meltdown at the Australian Open is going to cost him - even if he doesn't believe it.
The 24th-seeded Pole became irate over a line call during his second-round match against India's Somdev Devvarman and repeatedly screamed at the chair umpire, spat on the court and hit the umpire's chair with his racket. The tantrum went viral on YouTube with more than 750,000 views in two days.
Janowicz won't escape without punishment, however. On Friday, he was fined $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Janowicz was incredulous when told by The Associated Press that he had received a fine. "For sure I will not believe this because I didn't say anything bad," he said. "I didn't do anything bad. I was just shouting. You get fined for shouting?"
The fine is the highest of the 2013 Australian Open tournament thus far, but it could have been worse. Last year, David Nalbandian received an $8,000 fine for throwing water at a staff member at Melbourne Park after another disputed line call.
Marcos Baghdatis, meanwhile, was penalized just $1,250 for smashing four rackets during a changeover at last year's tournament - an outburst that also became a hit on YouTube, with more than 1.4 million views - and counting.
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