Tennis: Wimbledon '93 / McEnroe pays price of abusive language

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ALAN MILLS, the Wimbledon tournament referee, fined three players yesterday for abusive language - each for audible use of the F-word - on court the previous day. Paul Haarhuis, the Dutchman, topped the bill with a fine of dollars 1,500 ( pounds 1,000), followed by Patrick McEnroe and Patrick Kuhnen, the German.

Mills is used to dealing with McEnroes - his first ever call to action was to Court One 11 years ago when John was being foot- faulted and did not much like it. Yesterday's ruling saw Patrick, the younger brother, receive a smaller fine for a volley of swear- words than Haarhuis's fine for one single outburst.

McEnroe was fined dollars 1,000 after a first-round defeat to Chris Bailey, the British player, in which he swore twice at Mike Rice, the South African referee, calling him 'gutless' and 'wrong', an outburst which was heard by spectators and television viewers.

Haarhuis's heavier penalty came for an incident in which he walked up to the umpire's chair and swore, also live on television, blaming the umpire for his defeat to Michael Chang, the American. Kuhnen's dollars 500 fine was for swearing loud enough for the baseline judge and spectators to hear during his match with Sweden's Magnus Larsson.