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Top stars get away with fines, insists Brit star Broady

By Robert Jones

Liam Broady believes tennis' top stars are let off lightly for swearing on court by "intimidated" umpires.

British star Broady claimed his maiden Wimbledon victory by edging a five-set thriller with Marinko Matosevic at SW19 yesterday.

The 21-year-old has already banked £47,000 ahead of his second-round clash with 16th seed David Goffin, but could lose almost £2,000 of that in a fine for swearing.

Broady admitted he deserved the fine, but questioned whether the sanctions are consistent across the sport.

"Emotions run high when you're on court and I deserved the code violation," said Broady, who edged past Matosevic 5-7 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-3.

"I was swearing quite a lot at the back, but I thought no one would hear it. I just said to the umpire there are guys who do it on Centre Court much worse, they shout at the top of their voices and they get nothing.

"I think it's a £2,000 fine - I wouldn't have sworn if I'd known how much it was!

"It's really strange sometimes to see guys like that get away with it.

"I think sometimes the umpires are intimidated by them and don't give it to them. But I deserved it.

"Being from Manchester and 21, my friends swear. But it's not right to do it in front of a couple of thousand people, especially when there's young kids.

"It means everything to win my first Grand Slam match, I couldn't be happier. I travel 35 to 40 weeks of the year, and that's what the prize money's great for."

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