Bernard Tomic has copped an $80,000 fine, forfeiting all his first round Wimbledon prize money after officials decided he did not play up to the “required professional standards”.
Tomic was knocked out by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday, in a match lasting just 58 minutes, the shortest men’s singles match the tournament had seen in 15 years.
The young Aussie appeared sheepish in a post-match interview, telling reporters “I played pretty bad … I just played terrible” but refusing to say whether he had given his best effort.
Tournament officials gave a scathing assessment of the young Aussie’s first-round performance, after Tsonga wiped the floor with him 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 loss.
“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 pounds, which will be deducted from prize money.”
He will have the opportunity to appeal the decision.
This is not the first time Tomic has faced such criticism over his performance at Wimbledon. In 2017, he was slugged with a $20,000 fine and lost his racquet sponsor after saying that he was “bored” out on the court.