Published: Sun, July 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'Incredibly dicey': Stunning twist after Bernard Tomic cops massive fine

'Incredibly dicey': Stunning twist after Bernard Tomic cops massive fine

"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" the statement from Wimbledon said.

Tomic, a quarterfinalist in 2011, lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 on Tuesday - a match that lasted only 58 minutes.

The best-of-five-sets match against Tsonga was the shortest men's match at the tournament so far and the second quickest overall after Elise Mertens' 48-minute win over Fiona Ferro in the best-of-three women's event.

Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tsonga served 21 aces as Tomic's performance was described in commentary as "embarrassing" and "distasteful".

In a press conference afterwards an uncommunicative Tomic faced questions about his effort and was dismissive of journalists' inquiries.

"What for?" he replied.

"I think I played as best as I could".

In 2017, he was fined more than £11,000 and after saying he was "bored" and had requested a medical timeout during his straight-sets loss to Mischa Zverev. Asked to elaborate, he said: "I just played bad".

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A number of players have come to Bernard Tomic's defence after the controversial Aussie was stripped of his first round prize money at Wimbledon.

A misbehaving Australian tennis player has been slapped with the highest ever fine by Wimbledon.

"Bernard, at times, when you look at him play - and I played him in Estoril - he's not the most intense player", Millman said.

Fines for a lack of effort are on the rise in tennis following the introduction of a performance rule in 2018 that aims to deter players who enter tournaments while injured from retiring during first-round matches.

"I think now if the tournaments are going to be their own judge and say, like, and they're going to do that, then - hmm", said the ninth-seeded Stephens, who reached the third round on Thursday.

Tatishvili lost 6-0 6-1 to Maria Sakkari in 55 minutes, but has appealed the sanction, claiming the fine was "unfair and discriminatory".

"I don't know. I didn't see it".

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