Violations by Tsitsipas players result in hefty penalties during the French Open

Sunday, 09 June 2024 at 07:35
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Petros and Stefanos Tsitsipas have been fined over $20,000 at the French Open after multiple coaching rule violations at Roland Garros. Two of these violations occurred during their doubles matches, while Stefanos received the final penalty during his quarter-final singles match against Carlos Alcaraz.
The Tsitsipas brothers teamed up in the doubles draw, achieving three consecutive victories, including a notable win against the fourth seeds Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek. However, they were eventually defeated in the quarter-finals by Mate Pavic and Marcelo Arevalo, who went on to claim the men’s doubles title on Saturday.
With less than 24 hours remaining in the French Open, as the men’s singles and women’s doubles finals approached, it was revealed that the Tsitsipas brothers had breached coaching rules on three occasions. These violations were likely due to their enthusiastic father, Apostolos Tsitsipas, who serves as their coach and was seen giving instructions from the stands. Apostolos has a history of incurring coaching fines, including at the 2022 Australian Open.
The fines for the Tsitsipas brothers this time include €4,600 for the second round and €9,200 for a repeat offence in the third round. Additionally, Stefanos faces an individual fine of €7,400, bringing the total to €21,200. Despite these fines, their combined earnings from the tournament amount to €495,000, so the financial impact will be minimal.
The highest fine imposed during the tournament was against local player Terence Atane, who inadvertently struck a spectator with a ball. His apologies prevented a disqualification, a controversial incident early in the tournament, which concluded with a fine of $23,000 for the world No. 121.

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