Djokovic receives record fine for smashing his racquet in Wimbledon final
One of the images of the Wimbledon final was starring Novak Djokovic when he smashed his racket against one of the wooden sticks holding the net of the All England Club’s Centre Court. The television cameras captured the moment in which the Serbian tennis player externalized his frustration with that racket after losing a game. They also showed later the two notches left in the wood.
Wimbledon has made official the fine imposed on the winner of 23 grand slams for this action, classified as “racket abuse”. He will have to pay about 8,000 dollars (7,110 euros).
Djokovic, who threw the racket on his way to the chair after losing his serve and seeing Carlos Alcaraz take a 2-1 lead in the fifth set, has already received a warning from the chair umpire.
That break turned out to be decisive because it allowed Alcaraz to win the set and the match by holding his serve until the definitive 6-4 with which he closed the fifth set.
The final net, heading to Murcia
The net of the final, according to Angel Garcia in ‘ El Partidazo’ of COPE, was given to Carlos Alcaraz after the match and could end up in the court of the Club de Campo de Murcia where the Spanish tennis player learned to play.
If the net of the All England Club goes to Murcia, the equipment with which Alcaraz played the final stays at Wimbledon.
It will be part of the history of the museum, next to the one used by Rafael Nadal to defeat Roger Federer in the 2008 final.