Australian Bernard Tomic, eliminated in less than an hour in the first round of Wimbledon, He received a fine of £ 45,000 ($ 56,600), corresponding to their winnings for participating in the tournament, the organizers announced Thursday.
Tomic (96th World, 26 years) he lost on Tuesday in just 58 minutes against French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (6-2, 6-1, 6-4), the shortest match of the last fifteen editions of Wimbledon.
"According to the judge, Bernard Tomic's performance in his first round of matches was not up to the expected level of professionalism. Consequently, a fine of £ 45,000 has been imposed, which will be deducted from its prize for participation, "writes the tournament in a statement.
The 26-year-old can appeal to the Board of the Grand Slam Board, the council that deals with the fourth major tournaments. When a reporter asked him at a press conference if he was happy with the effort he made in the field at Wimbledon, he replied: "Next question, please."
"I think I played the best I could, it was just what I did extremely badly and he did 24 aces", he would later point out, questioning the possibility of fines for lack of camouflage.
Tomic had already been sentenced in 2017 for damaging an injury, in the loss of the German Mischa Zverev, where he received a penalty of 13 thousand euros.
Shortly after, the tennis player had discouraged young people from starting a professional career, describes his sport as "hard work".
In Roland Garros, which took place this year, Tomic fell in the first round against American Taylor Fritz 6-1, 6-4 and 6-1 in just 88 minutes.
Tomic has never been away from the controversy. Earlier this year the director of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley, described Tomic as "bad for Australian tennis culture". In 2015 he was arrested in Miami after a night party in the wind, while in 2018 he shook his income.
"I just count money, that's all I do, I count my millions"He said after failing to qualify at the Australian Open. At US Open 2017, he told reporters: "I'm not the smartest person in the world."
Tomic He is not the first player to be fined for alleged lack of effort in recent weeks. ONE Anna Tatishvili, in the United States they took the price of their first round at Roland Garros "Don't play at a professional level." She lost to Maria Sakkari, ranked 33 in Greece, 6-0, 6-1 for 55 minutes, only three minutes less than Tomic, who had played one more set.