Which tennis player has been docked £45,000 for lack of effort?
Wimbledon officials say Bernard Tomic ‘did not perform to the required professional standard’ and must forfeit his first-round prize money.
A misbehaving Australian tennis player has been slapped with the highest ever fine by Wimbledon.
Bernard Tomic was docked £45,000, the entirety of the prize money he was entitled to for appearing in the tournament’s first-round.
The 26-year-old was penalised by the All England Club for a lack of effort in his 6-2 6-1 6-4 defeat against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Tuesday.
In the 58-minute match, the shortest men’s singles since 2004, Tomic was rolling in serves and failed to chase balls down.
The All England Club ruled he “did not perform to the required professional standard”.
In a press conference afterwards an uncommunicative Tomic faced questions about his effort and was dismissive of journalists’ inquiries.
The fine, which Tomic can challenge, follows on from the £11,000 penalty he received at Wimbledon in 2017 after he said he felt bored during another first round loss to Germany’s Mischa Zverev.
Tomic is not the only player to who have been received fines for unsportsmanlike behaviour while appearing at Wimbledon in recent years.
Italy’s Fabio Fognini was given what was then biggest fine in Wimbledon history in 2014 when he was penalised 27,500 US dollars for unsportsmanlike conduct, which included throwing his racquet.
Brit Heather Watson received a penalty of around £9,000 for smashing her racquet during a first round defeat in 2016.
The same year, the International Tennis Federation announced that Uruguayan doubles player Pablo Cuevas was to be fined almost £7,000 after a sit-down protest against an umpire and threat to urinate in a ball can.
Another Brit Dan Evans forfeited around £1,500 of his winnings after being fined for swearing during a first-round win in 2016.
In 2017, French player Adrian Mannarino was fined 9,000 US dollars after barging into a ball boy at Wimbledon, while Russia’s Daniil Medvedev was fined 14,500 US dollars after arguing with an umpire and throwing coins at her chair.