Wimbledon: Bernard Tomic fined 100 per cent of his prize money for a lack of effort

Bernard Tomic
Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic has been fined 100 per cent of his prize money by Wimbledon for a lack of effort in his first-round match.

The Australian, who was punished for a similar offence two years ago, has been hit with a £45,000 sanction after the All England Club ruled he "did not perform to the required professional standard" during his 58-minute defeat to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tomic, who can appeal against the charge, was rolling serves in and did not chase balls down as Tsonga wrapped up a 6-2 6-1 6-4 success - the quickest win in the men's singles since 2004.

A statement from Wimbledon read: "All players are expected to perform to a professional standard in every grand slam match. With respect to first round performance, if in the opinion of the referee the player did not perform to the required professional standard, the referee may determine that the player be subject to a fine of up to first round prize money.

"It is the opinion of the referee that the performance of Bernard Tomic in his first round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did not meet the required professional standards, and therefore he has been fined the maximum amount of £45,000 which will be deducted from prize money."

Two years ago Tomic was fined more than £11,000 and dumped by his racket sponsor after saying in a press conference following a first-round loss to Mischa Zverev that he had felt bored during the match and had called the trainer when he was not injured.

Nick Kyrgios, who lost to Rafael Nadal in the second round, stuck up for Tomic.

The fellow controversial Australian said: "I think it's a little rough, maybe all of the prize money.

"I mean, one, Tsonga is an unbelievable player. Two, I think people kind of when they watch Bernard, they just think because he moves a little slow, plays the game a little slower, he doesn't look maybe as engaged as, I don't know, say, a (Pablo) Carreno Busta or something. They just assume he's maybe not trying or giving 100 per cent.

"I don't agree with fining the guy all of his prize money. He earned his right to be in the draw. He played the whole year. He's obviously winning enough to be at the most prestigious tournament in the world. To take all his prize money I think is outrageous.

"I just hope Bernard is all right."

After his second-round victory over Ricardas Berankis, Tsonga gave his opinion on the situation, believing Tomic's reputation is held against him.

He said: "That's touchy. Because you never - they will do that with him and not with others? And I think it's a little bit too much. But that's the way they decide to deal with it, and I respect that. That's it.

"I will say it's also, for me, it's like what I did was not win. It's like me I was just here and I just won because they said he didn't play enough."

Asked whether it felt like it had devalued his win, Tsonga added: "A little bit. But it's okay. I won. I continue. It's great."

Anna Tatishvili was also fined her entire French Open winnings last month, almost £41,000, for falling below the standard expected of a professional player at a grand slam when losing 6-0 6-1 to Maria Sakkari.

American ninth seed Sloane Stephens, who beat Wang Yafan in straight sets, sympathised with Tomic and Tatishvili when addressing the topic in her post-match press conference.

"I could see if he (Tomic) lost 0, 0, 0, then that would be something. If he won four games..." Stephens said.

"He played a 6-4 set. It's not like - I don't know. I didn't see it. I have no idea. Obviously that happened at the French Open, as well. That was with Tatishvili.

"I think now if the tournaments are going to be their own judge and say they're going to do that, then - hmm. I can't say I'm 100 per cent on board with that.

"It's a very slippery slope, and when you start doing that and being the judge of what happens and how people earn a living, that's when it gets a little tricky."

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