Benoit Paire was booed off the court after his loss to Marcos Baghdatis at the Washington Open (AP Photo)
French tennis player Benoit Paire has been fined USD 22,000 for his outburst at the Washington Open. Paire broke several rackets as he was booed off the court.
Paire threw tantrums during his first-round match against Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis on Tuesday in the Citi Open. He went on to lose the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
After falling down at the end of a point in the next-to-last-game, Paire sat on the ground and slammed his racket four times and broke it. He then went sidelines to change the racket and tossed the previous one away. Following that, he got to his bench, he knocked it over and then threw another racket.
Baghdatis -- famous for his own viral racket-smashing episode -- went over to chat, perhaps to try to calm Paire down but that didn't work at all. Paire wound up carrying two mangled rackets and tossed them onto the middle of the court, leaving a ballkid to collect them.
Benoit Paire's broken rackets were later collected by fans as souvenirs (AP Photo)
Soon enough, without much resistance from Paire, Baghdatis completed his win. Paire threw his racket one more time, for good measure, on the way to meeting Baghdatis at the net for a polite embrace.
He walked off the court amidst boos and blew flying kisses to the crowd before walking off. Paire's broken rackets were later collected by fans as souvenirs.