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Tsitsipas and brother Petros heavily fined for coaching violation during the French Open

Stefanos and Petros Tsitsipas fined £18,000 for coaching violations at French Open despite rule allowing coaching from the stands.

Stefanos and Petros Tsitsipas have been fined a total of £18,000 ($23,000) following their exit from the French Open. Stefanos, who reached the quarter-finals in both singles and doubles, teamed up with his younger brother Petros for the doubles matches. The pair received five code violations, all for coaching infractions, across three different matches, with each violation carrying a fine.

Despite the recent rule change allowing coaching from the stands, the Tsitsipas brothers were penalized for communicating with a coach in an unauthorized manner. Each received a £1,900 ($2,500) fine during their second-round doubles match, where they defeated defending champions Austin Krajicek and Ivan Dodig.

Stefanos, the singles world No. 9, incurred a £6,300 ($8,000) penalty for a coaching violation during his quarter-final match against Carlos Alcaraz, which he lost in straight sets. Both brothers were fined £3,900 ($5,000) each for their third-round doubles match. Although they won that match, they were later defeated by the eventual champions Mate Pavic and Marcelo Arevalo.

This isn’t the first time Stefanos Tsitsipas has faced penalties for coaching violations. In the 2022 Australian Open semi-final, his father’s coaching from the stands led to a confrontation with Daniil Medvedev, who accused the umpire of allowing the behavior. This incident resulted in a Greek-speaking official being stationed under the stands to monitor communication.

When the tours introduced coaching from the stands in mid-2022, Stefanos welcomed the change. “It has always existed for absolutely all players,” he said. “They should have authorised it thousands of years ago. To be penalised for coaching is not normal in my opinion. To authorise it, that involves everyone in the sport. It allows the coaches to do their job, that’s what they’re there for. To be honest, it didn’t change anything for me.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas in 2024

Currently the world no.11, Tsitsipas played his last match on the 4th of June when he was defeated by world no.2 Carlos Alcaraz 6-3 7-6(3) 6-4 in the quarter of the French Open (draw).

Until now, during this year Stefanos achieved a 28-10 match record. Stefanos clinched 1 title in Monte-Carlo. The Greek got to the final in Barcelona.

Tsitsipas has scheduled to play next in Halle (Terra Wortmann Open). He will start the tournament from the main draw that will commence on the 17th of June.

Petros Tsitsipas in 2024

Now ranked no., the Greek played his last match on the 17th of March when he capitulated to world no.326 David Jorda Sanchis 6-1 6-3 in the qualifications of the Murcia Challenger (draw).

During this season the Greek has managed to achieve a compiled 0-1 win-loss record.

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Petros Tsitsipas have never clashed against each other.