26-year-old Australian Tennis player Bernard Tomic has been fined $56,00 by Wimbledon officials for not fighting hard in his match agaisnt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Bernard lost the match 6-2 6-1 6-4 , a match which lasted just 58 minutes. This is second shortest match ever played at Wimbledon and shortest since 2004.
Bernard was then fined the full prize money for not meeting the required professional standards.
“All players are expected to perform to a professional standard in every Grand Slam match,” tournament organizers said in a statement released Thursday.
The organizers announced the penalty after hearing from the official referee.
“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 ($56,100) which will be deducted from prize money.”
Tomic has an option to appeal against the penalty and he said he will appeal soon.
“I mean, I played pretty bad,” Tomic said in his post-match press conference.
Tomic was asked if he was pleased with his effort.
“Next question, please,” he replied when a reported asked whether he was satisfied by his effort.
On the other hand the winner Wilfried Tsonga was not pleased with the penalty. He felt the penalty would mean it was an easy victory for him and would fade his efforts.
“I think it’s a little bit too much, but that’s the way they decide to deal with it, and I respect that,” he said. “That’s it.
“For me, it’s like what I did was not win. It’s like I was just here and I just won because they said he didn’t play enough.”– he said in the press conference.