Booed, now fined: French star’s costly tennis meltdown

FRANCE’S Benoit Paire has been fined $ US16,500 ($ 22,000) by the ATP Tour over an epic meltdown at the end of his first-round match at the Washington Open.

Paire lost to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-3 3-6 6-2 on Wednesday (AEST) then lost his cool at the hardcourt tune-up event for the US Open.

Down 4-2 in the final set, the 55th-ranked Frenchman netted an overhead smash to surrender a break and a 5-2 edge. He smashed his racquet on the ground four times and kicked it in frustration.

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Baghdatis tried to calm Paire but he hurled two more racquets onto the court, where a ball person collected them.

After a less-than peak effort on the final point of the match, he congratulated Baghdatis then walked off to a chorus of boos, blowing the crowd kisses as he departed.

The fine, more than double the prize money Paire made for his appearance, was issued by the tour for an audible obscenity, unsportsmanlike conduct and a lack of giving best effort.

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