Former World Number 1 Roger Federer was fined by ATP for $3,000 due to using an audible obscenity during a match against Tennys Sandgren on last year’s Australian Open.
It’s noted that this is Federer’s second penalty in his entire career. The first time was when he swore against Juan Martin del Potro in the 2009 US Open Final final.
The match between Federer and Sandgren was thrilling and intense, and this could be considered as one of the most intense matches in the season, Federer defeated Sandgren in more than three hours with the result 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6, 6-3.
Federer received a code violation when chair umpire Marijana Veljovic had received the tennis superstar for losing his cool, but at that time, he was struggling with an injury that made him call for a medical timeout. Out of frustration and pain, Federer mindlessly threw profane words, until he received a warning from Veljovic.
After his medical timeout and when the painkillers started to work on his body, Federer recovered from the pain and he performed on a beastly level, outshining the almost winner Sandgren.
Even though his swearing is associated with his pain and frustration, Federer understood why he was penalized. He didn’t know that the line person knows mixed languages. Federer is not the kind of player of would throw offensive words around either. He also said that it’s not like the whole stadium heard what he was swearing about.
In the end, Federer shrugged this off and accepted the penalty.