Wimbledon 2019: Bernard Tomic fined for not meeting 'required professional standards'
Jul 05 2019
Bernard Tomic of Australia reacts in his Men's Singles first round match against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France during Day two of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 02, 2019 in London, England.
"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", the All England Club, which hosts the Wimbledon championships, said in a statement.
The net result: Tomic has been fined his full Wimbledon prize money for not meeting the "required professional standard" during the defeat.
"I just don't understand as a professional tennis player why show up and do that".
Tomic defended his performance this week and insisted he played poorly instead of without effort.
The world No.96 can appeal the decision of tournament organisers.
Bernard Tomic has been docked his whole £45,000 ($81,0000) first round prize money at Wimbledon after his embarrassing loss on Tuesday.
Slouched in his chair, avoiding eye contact and rubbing his face with his hands, Tomic was asked if he thought he might be fined. I think now if the tournaments are going to be their own judge and they're going to do that, then I can't say I'm 100 per cent on board with that.
She lost to Greece's 33rd-ranked Maria Sakkari, 6-0, 6-1 in 55 minutes - only three minutes fewer than Tomic who had played a set more. The fine also equated to the her entire first-round earnings.
Her representatives, the worldwide law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, issued a statement two weeks ago, claiming the fine was "unfair and discriminatory".
In his post-match press conference following the defeat, Tomic looked like he'd rather be anywhere but there.
Trailing 0-40, Tomic held his racket by the head with the handle pointing forwards and barely moved as Fognini fired an ace past him to seal victory, 6-2 6-4.