It was Stefanos Tsitsipas the 2019 Australian Open fines leaders. Out of $AU1,125,000 earned, the 20-year-old Greek had to give $18,000 back: $3,000 for coaching happened during his quarter-final match win on the Rod Laver Arena against Roberto Bautista Agut - his father Apostolos had just remembered his son to drink some water at the changeover - and 15,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct as he said something "unacceptable" about the officials, as reported by the journalist Ben Rothenberg.
The Athens native enjoyed a stellar run defeating Roger Federer in the fourth round and losing just to Rafael Nadal in the semifinals. Analyzing his loss to Gael Monfils in the Sofia Open quarter-finals, Tsitsipas, who will play the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam next, said: "I liked to play this tournament.
Definitely. It was great. I felt all the energy from the crowd. It was nice to play in different conditions than most of the tournaments. I would be happy to be back next year." Novak Djokovic got fined $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem $4,000 each. The Serb earned $4.5 million for winning the men's singles title.