— With AAP.
Tomic lost 6-2 6-1 6-4 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 58 minutes – the shortest men’s singles match at the All England Club in 15 years.
The fine, which represents Tomic’s entire first-round prize money, was given as the tournament referee believed his performance wasn’t up to scratch.
Wow! Bernard Tomic fined his entire first round fee of $81,000 at Wimbledon for his pathetic performance against Tsonga pic.twitter.com/gDrlgg1EEq
— Tom Steinfort (@tomsteinfort) July 4, 2019
“All players are expected to perform to a professional standard in every grand slam match,” a statement from the club said.
“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 said.
“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.”
Following the first-round loss, social media users described Tomic as “pathetic”, “lazy” and “embarrassing”.
Bernard Tomic fined his entire first-round fee, £45,000, for lack of effort against Tsonga. Correct punishment for a disgraceful display.
— Oliver Brown (@oliverbrown_tel) July 4, 2019
— The Gillster⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Gilbis) July 4, 2019