Tomic to appeal ‘outrageous’ fine
BERNARD Tomic is going to fight back after being slapped by Wimbledon officials following his first-round loss to France's Jo Wilfried-Tsonga.
Tomic was bundled out in just 58 minutes - the second shortest men's singles match at the All England Club since records began in 2002 - before copping an $81,000 fine.
That was the entirety of his first-round purse.
Fans in Australia backed the decision by officials, but Tomic received plenty of support from fellow tennis players and is getting set to appeal the fine.
A report from the Herald Sun's Leo Schlink said the Aussie had sought legal advice and insisted he was unwell during the match.
"Flying from Turkey and losing in quarter-finals, playing few matches in 40c heat and I was run down and became a bit unwell over the weekend," Tomic said.
"From the start of the match I knew I had very little chance because I was feeling down."
Fellow controversial Aussie Nick Kyrgios came to the defence of Tomic, labelling the fine "outrageous".
"I think it's a little rough, maybe all of the prize money," Kyrgios said.
"I mean, one, Tsonga is an unbelievable player. Two, I think people kind of when they watch Bernard, they just think because he moves a little slow, plays the game a little slower, he doesn't look maybe as engaged as, I don't know, say, a Carreno Busta or something.
"They just assume he's maybe not trying or giving 100 per cent.
"I don't agree with fining the guy all of his prize money.
"He earned his right to be in the draw. He played the whole year.
"He's obviously winning enough to be at the most prestigious tournament in the world. To take all his prize money I think is outrageous."
Tomic said his best efforts during the clash were "super poor", but he had given all he had under the condition he was in.
"At the end of the day, my best efforts were super poor that day but it's all I had," Tomic said.
"Sorry, guys, for feeling unwell."
Tomic has a history of tanking and his meek surrender to Tsonga - compounded by the maximum fine a player can receive in the first round - will cast the future of his career into further doubt as he battles sagging motivation levels.
Tomic was simply awful in his only appearance at Wimbledon this year, losing the first set in 18 minutes and the second in 17. He won more games in the third set than the first two combined but still couldn't stop Tsonga steamrollering him in 23 minutes to wrap up the match in under an hour.
But now with a potential appeal in the works, Tomic's battle against Wimbledon officials is far from over.