NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News  » Sports » Aus Open Diary: Vandeweghe hit with $10k fine for obscene outburst

Aus Open Diary: Vandeweghe hit with $10k fine for obscene outburst

Last updated on: January 19, 2018 16:45 IST

CoCo Vandeweghe of the United States shows her frustration

IMAGE:  USA's CoCo Vandeweghe shows her frustration during her first round match against Hungary's Timea Babos on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

CoCo Vandeweghe was fined $10,000 for shouting an obscenity at her opponent in her first round match at the Australian Open on Monday, organisers revealed on Friday.


The fine, the highest levied at the tournament so far, was for unsportsmanlike conduct during the American 10th seed's loss to Hungarian Timea Babos.

Vandeweghe, who had been suffering from flu, told reporters that Babos had been "getting in my face", prompting her to shout at her and fling her racket to the ground.

The 2017 Australian Open semi-finalist was docked a point for the outburst after already having been handed a code violation for refusing to play while she waited for a banana to be delivered to her on court.

Dimitrov learning to manage the off-days

Grigor Dimitrov

IMAGE:  Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

A key to becoming a grand slam champion is managing the off days that are almost inevitable in a two-week tournament and Grigor Dimitrov showed again on Friday that he has acquired that skill.

The 26-year-old was not at his best against feisty young Russian Andrey Rublev, racking up 61 unforced errors and in his 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 third round win at the Australian Open, but whenever a crisis arose he found a solution.

"I think it's very important. When you don't feel well during the match, you need to find other courses to take," world number three Dimitrov told reporters.

"The mental game, especially on days like today, comes more in play than the game itself."

Dimitrov has been lauded as a potential winner of the game's biggest prizes since becoming Wimbledon junior champion in 2008 with an easy style reminiscent of the great Roger Federer.

When he beat defending champion and home hero Andy Murray to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2014 and crack the world's top 10 it seemed greatness beckoned.

It proved a false dawn, however, and it was not until last year's Australian Open that Dimitrov reached his second grand slam semi-final, losing a five-setter to Rafael Nadal.

The intervening period saw Dimitrov slide down to 40 in the rankings and go two and a half years without a title.

For all the days when he looked like a world beater, there were still the defeats by the likes of Mikhail Kukushkin, Viktor Troicki and Steve Johnson -- fine players but the kind of opposition Dimitrov expects to knock over.

There was a defeat to Rublev too at last year's US Open, but there were also four titles, including the ATP Finals in November where he became the first debutant champion since 1998.

For a while in the second round here it looked as though the old vulnerability had returned as he flirted with danger against American qualifier Mackenzie McDonald, losing the fourth set 6-0 before squeezing through in five sets.

Against the 20-year-old Rublev he was a set and break to the good before the serve misfired and errors crept in and he found himself at one set apiece and a break down in the third set.

Trailing 4-2 the alarm bells were sounding, but Dimitrov turned things around to regain control.

He broke a hot-and-bothered Rublev in the seventh game of the fourth set and, despite a slight stutter when serving for victory, he chased down a Rublev volley to ram home a forehand winner. His victory celebration spoke volumes.

Dimitrov said having so many tools in his locker helps him, as does knowing which one to use.

"I was not finding the angles that I wanted to, but when that fails you kind of go on to the next one," he said.

"My serve, for example, failed me too. What are the other options? The one thing I'm very happy with is I feel I have a big arsenal of tools to kind of deal with any circumstances."

"How I win right now, I love it. On days that you don't feel the best, these are the matches that count a lot."

Greater challenges await here, but Dimitrov has proved the old adage that you cannot win a Grand Slam in the first week, only lose it. "The bigger upside is it can only get better from now," he said.

"Hopefully the next match."

© Copyright 2018 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.