Novak Djokovic fined record-breaking fine for smashing racket in Wimbledon final

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Novak Djokovic smashes a racket and damages a wooden pole supporting the net at Wimbledon Center Court (Marca)

During the men’s Wimbledon final, Novak Djokovic smashed his racket and damaged part of the net when he hit the wooden pole supporting the net at the All England Club center court. Now Wimbledon has announced the amount of the fine it imposed on Novak Djokovic for this illegal act on the court. The total is record.

Novak Djokovic, who hit the net with his racket, shattering the racket and damaging a wooden net pole after losing his serve and seeing Carlos Alcaraz take a 2-1 lead in the fifth set, received a penalty. This break proved decisive as it allowed Alcaraz to win the set and the match, holding the serve to a final score of 6-4, which closed the fifth set. No wonder the seven-time winner of the event was upset. However, this does not change the fact that he committed a prohibited act and will be punished for it.

Wimbledon has officially announced a fine imposed on the winner of 23 grand slams for this action, classified as “racket abuse”. He will have to pay around 7,110 euros. This is a record sum that was imposed on a competitor for destroying a racket, which is not allowed.

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