French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic has been slapped a $7,500 (£5,400) fine
at Wimbledon after a family member clashed with tournament staff.
It’s understood the incident took place after her surprise doubles loss with her
partner Timea Babos. The second seeds were thumped 6-1 6-2 by Zarina Diyas and
Kristina Mladenovic, a former top-10 singles player and doubles world No. 1, was
then attempting to arrange private transport back to the hotel bubble but was told by
the transport desk that she would have to get the shuttle bus.
A family member then launched an angry tirade at shocked staff members, with
security having to intervene.
Wimbledon officials confirmed the charge, merely saying it was for an ‘off court’
But it was due to one of Mladenovic’s family members clashing with a Wimbledon
worker, The unnamed relative was reportedly abusive to transport staff, in charge of
arranging vehicles to the official tournament hotel.
The angry tirade saw security intervene. And Mladenovic must now cough up the
fine as punishment.
The £5,400 fee is more than any other so far at Wimbledon, with Nick Kyrgios’ two
fines for inappropriate language totaling £4,000.