Nadal fined for receiving illegal coaching during match

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Nadal plays Robin Soderling later today in the quarter-finals at SW19

Rafael Nadal has been handed a £1,300 fine for receiving illegal coaching tips during his third-round Wimbledon victory over Philipp Petzschner.

Nadal won the five-set encounter, but received a warning from umpire Cedric Mourier during the final set after allegedly receiving tips from his uncle and coach, Toni Nadal.

“Sometimes in the past Toni would talk – maybe too much – and the referee or the umpire would give me advice and, if it continued, a warning, but he didn’t talk too much today in my opinion,” Nadal said after the match.

“I told him (the umpire) we’re going to talk to the supervisor and we will be doing. Toni wasn’t giving me any tip, he was only supporting me.”

But despite protests from both player and coach, the fine was announced on Monday.

“Yes, I’ve been fined. The rules are the rules,” Nadal is quoted as saying in the Sun.

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