Bernard Tomic fined £45,000 Wimbledon prize money for tanking

Bernard Tomic has been fined his entire first-round prize money at Wimbledon for not playing up to the required standards against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening match.

Bernard Tomic was penalised for failing to meet the professional standards during his first-round loss to Tsonga.   -  Getty Images

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

Fans looked bemused as the 26-year-old World No. 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 prize money,” organisers said in a statement.

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

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