August 2, 2018 / 1:44 PM / in 3 months

Tennis - Paire fined $16,500 for Washington meltdown

(Reuters) - French player Benoit Paire has been fined $16,500 (£12,636) after a racket-smashing meltdown during his first-round defeat by Marcos Baghdatis at the Washington Open this week.

Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - July 7, 2018 France's Benoit Paire reacts during the third round match against Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro REUTERS/Tony O'Brien

Paire, known for his volatile temperament, smashed three rackets and kicked a courtside bench and was booed off the court after appearing to give up on match point down.

The 29-year-old initially lost his cool when dropping serve to trail 5-2 in the final set of his 6-3 3-6 6-2 defeat.

After falling, he smashed his racket over and over into the court, then took another one from his bag and destroyed that. Another frame bit the dust at the end of the contest.

Paire was sanctioned for “audible obscenity, unsportsmanlike conduct and a lack of giving best effort”.

“Yes, yes it’s true I got upset yesterday,” he wrote on Instagram.

The ATP fine was more than double the appearance money he made at the tournament.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis

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