An independent tribunal held up the $2,500 fine incurred by former No. 1 Marcelo Rios before his country’s Davis Cup tie against Ecuador in January.
Rios had appealed the fine.
The decision recounts Rios’s volunteering to answer questions at a pre-tie press conference, only to respond to the first question with, “As my personal friend Diego Armando (Maradona) used to say, suck it. I do not talk with journalists.”
He blamed some poor history with some media members, but also said asked that his “irreproachable behavior” in the past should have been taken into account.”
That didn’t fly.