Baghdatis smashes 4 rackets in outburst

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 18, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 16: Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus celebrates championship point in his men's final against Richard Gasquet of France during day seven of the 2010 Medibank International at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on January 16, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Marcos Baghdatis is waiting to find out the size of his fine after furiously smashing four rackets during a changeover in his Australian Open loss. After going down a break in the third set against Stanislas Wawrinka, the 2006 finalist sat in his chair at the changeover and whacked his racket seven times on the court until it was completely mangled. He then calmly gave it to a ballboy before picking three more from his bag - two still in plastic wrappers - and breaking those one by one. Baghdatis recovered to win the set but lost the match 7-6 (3), 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 on Wednesday. The Grand Slam Committee will meet on Thursday to decide on the size of his fine. Regulations say a player can be fined up to $2,000 for each incident of racket abuse.
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