Serena Williams, Daniil Medvedev, Bernard Tomic and Others in Heftiest Fines at the Wimbledon Championships

Published 06/25/2021, 1:43 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Serena Williams of The United States appears dejected during the Ladies’ Singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany on day twelve of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

In tennis, the Wimbledon Championships is considered to be one of the most significant competitions. It is the oldest Grand Slam tournament played and was established in 1877. Over the years, it has established a certain set of traditions. Players are allowed to go about their business within the rules and regulations of the tournament or else they can be heavily fined. 


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As the Wimbledon Championships are soon to begin, take a look at the players who have received the biggest fines. 

Bernard Tomic fined $80,000 at the Wimbledon Championships 2019


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The Australian player was fined purely for his ‘lack of effort’ when he was up against Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the opening round. The match was summed up in straight sets, 6-2 6-1 6-4, and lasted for just 58 minutes. Fans were left highly disappointed and the Australian athlete received a lot of negativity on social media due to his poor professionalism. 


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Jeff Tarango fined $62,800 at the Wimbledon Championships 1995 

The American player was known to have a notorious reputation, and he was fined for his unsportsmanlike conduct. He was served with a hefty fine for his attitude, which included verbally abusing the chair umpire and walking away from the match four games into the second set, and yelling “shut up” at the crowd. The ITF even banned him from competing in the next couple of Grand Slam events.

Daniil Medvedev fined $26,000 at Wimbledon Championships 2017

The Russian athlete was made to pay up for his poor antics. He was fined for three reasons. He insulted the Portuguese umpire and got a second penalty for further continuing the verbal onslaught. After that, things got even more bizarre as Daniil tossed coins towards her chair. 

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 12, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during his second round match against Russia’s Aslan Karatsev REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Victor Hanescu fined $21,500 in 2010

The Romanian athlete was playing his third-round match when he squandered four match points after foot-faulting twice. That made him swear loudly, and he even went as far as spitting in the audience’s direction. Many believe he even committed deliberate double-faults in the fifth set. 

Serena Williams fined $14,375 in 2019

The seven-time Wimbledon champion, Serena Williams, was fined for damaging a practice court even before the tournament began. However, this incident remained unreported, and the damage was evident as the tournament progressed. 


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Serena Williams looks dejected during the women’s singles final on day twelve of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/PA Images via Getty Images)

Coming to the present date, the Wimbledon Championships 2021 is scheduled to begin on June 28. It remains to be seen if any players receive fines during the fortnight time around. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.