Tomic fined after feigning injury claim


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    Bernard Tomic has been slapped with the second-largest single fine in Wimbledon history for his shocking first-round antics.

    The Grand Slam Committee fined Tomic $US15,000 ($A19,760) for unsportsmanlike conduct after the Australian confessed to feigning injury to take a strategic medical time-out during his 6-4 6-3 6-4 loss to German Mischa Zverev.

    Only Italian hot-head Fabio Fognini, who was hit with a $US20,000 fine for a wild tantrum in 2014, has ever copped more severe financial punishment at tennis’s showpiece event.

    Tomic also said he was “a little bored” against Zverev and had lost motivation for the game and no longer cared how he performed at grand slam tournaments.

    The ITF, tennis’s governing body, initially took the rare step of referring Tomic’s shocking post-match remarks directly to the All England Club before the Grand Slam Committee determined his punishment.

    Tomic’s fine represents around a third of the $60,000 prize money he received for his lame 84-minute cameo at the 131st championships.

    But he wasn’t the only player hit hard on Thursday, with Russian Daniil Medvedev receiving three fines totalling $US14,500 for his coin-throwing episode.

    Livid after umpire Mariana Alves made five over-rules in his opponent’s favour, Medvedev tossed the coins below the Portuguese’s chair following his 6-4 6-2 3-6 2-6 6-3 loss to Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans.

    He apologised in his post-match press conference, but was nevertheless fined just $US500 less than Tomic.

    2014: Fabio Fognini – $US20,000 (unsportsmanlike conduct)
    2017: Bernard Tomic – $US15,000 (unsportsmanlike conduct)
    2016: Heather Watson – $US12,000 (unsportsmanlike conduct)
    1991: John McEnroe – $US10,000 (verbal abuse)
    1995: Jeff Tarango – $US10,000 (verbal abuse)
    2013: Fabio Fognini – $US10,000 (unsportsmanlike conduct)
    2014: Jurgen Melzer – $US10,000 (unsportsmanlike conduct)
    2015: Marcel Granollers – $US10,000 (unsportsmanlike conduct)
    2016: Viktor Troicki – $US10,000 (unsportsmanlike conduct)
    2016: Serena Williams – $US10,000 (unsportsmanlike conduct)

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    • July 7th 2017 @ 11:03pm
      John Erichsen said | July 7th 2017 @ 11:03pm | ! Report

      Tomic may not be the first to adopt this tactic, but he is appears to be the first one to admit doing so. Some say his honesty is refreshing and he most assuredly is not the first person to be bored at work. However, regardless of debate over his feigning injury and the resulting fine, it seems to me that his being on court and not trying is an even greater blight on the game. it shows complete disrespect for the game and all who are involved in it, including the fans spending their hard-earned to be there as spectators. There really can’t be a place for this type of attitude or behaviour on tour. I don’t expect Bernard to be passionate about a game he finds boring, but if he wants to earn his millions as a professional tennis player, he could least show some professionalism while on court.
      Turning the coin over, Tomic is only young and needs to consider his mental heath. He isn’t in a good place and apparently can no longer wea the mask to hide that reality.

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