Wimbledon-Safin escapes fine for 'tanking'
Wed 23 June, 2004 17:07
LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - Russia's Marat Safin has escaped a fine despite saying he gave up during his Wimbledon first-round defeat at the hands of compatriot Dmitry Tursunov.
"After a while I just got bored. I lost completely motivation and I give up," the tempestuous Russian said after his 4-6 7-5 6-3 7-6 defeat on Tuesday.
Safin made tennis history the ignominious way at the 2000 Australian Open by becoming the first player ever to be fined for tanking, or not trying, at a grand slam tournament.
The then 19-year-old Moscovite was fined $2,000 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF)'s Grand Slam Committee.
A spokesman for the ITF said on Wednesday: "He hasn't been fined. He's an emotional guy."
I guess Andy isn't the only lucky duck