Tomic fined for playing below standards at Wimbledon

Bernard Tomic ‘s 45,000 pound fine will be deducted from the Wimbledon prize-money. (AFP pic)

LONDON: Australia’s Bernard Tomic was fined 45,000 pounds (US$57,000) for not playing up to the required standards at Wimbledon in his first-round loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, tournament organisers said today.

Fans looked bemused as the 26-year-old world number 96 lost Tuesday’s match 6-2 6-1 6-4 in 58 minutes, a performance described as “appalling” and “embarrassing” on social media.

“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 pounds which will be deducted from the prize money,” organisers said in a statement.

First-round losers at Wimbledon receive 45,000 pounds.