- 04 Jul 2019
Bernard Tomic has been fined his full Wimbledon prize money of £45,000 after the match referee deemed he “did not meet the required professional standards” in his loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The Australian was beaten 6-2 6-1 6-4 in the first-round match in just 58 minutes at SW19, offering scant resistance against the Frenchman.
It was shortest Grand Slam men’s match at the All England Club in 15 years.
Tomic, who has the opportunity to appeal, has previously been in trouble with the authorities for ‘tanking’ and was fined $15,000 (£11,581) after a first-round loss at Wimbledon to Germany’s Mischa Zverev two years ago.
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After that match the 26-year-old stated he was “bored” but Tomic denied giving insufficient effort against Tsonga.
“I just played terrible. I returned pretty bad. Didn’t see his serve. Pretty terrible match,” said the world number 96. “I think I played as best as I could. It’s just I played terrible.”
Tsonga will now meet Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania in the second round.