Tomic's appeal against fine
rejected, receives stinging rebuke
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[July 20, 2019]
(Reuters) - Australian Bernard
Tomic's appeal to overturn a fine for not playing to "required
professional standards" at Wimbledon earlier this month has been
denied in a stinging rebuke by the Grand Slam board.
Tomic lost his first round match 6-2 6-1 6-4 to France's Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga at Wimbledon and was fined his entire winnings of 45,000
pounds ($56,241) after organizers ruled he had put in minimal effort
in the 58-minute defeat.
The 26-year-old Tomic appealed the decision, citing the fact he was
unwell before the match, while Tsonga added that he felt his victory
had been devalued.
The board, however, refused to overturn their original decision and
heavily criticized Tomic's attitude to tennis.
"A review of your historical record of misconduct at Grand Slams,
never mind elsewhere, provides little justification for an
adjustment," board director Bill Babcock wrote in the decision
letter that was published by the New York Times.
"In your case, Bernard, I am sure you would agree there is no
historical evidence to give comfort to the theory that you can
reform your behaviour."
Babcock added that if Tomic goes without a sanction in his next
eight Grand Slam events then he would be refunded 25 percent of the
"Admittedly, I am sceptical that you can achieve this reform of
Grand Slam on-court behaviour," Babcock added. "Many others, no
doubt, would be even more than just sceptical.
"Good luck and I hope to be pleasantly surprised in the future by
your successful reform."
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Australia's Bernard Tomic in action during the match against
Croatia's Marin Cilic. REUTERS/Aly Song
Tomic, however, said he would appeal the decision further.
"I don't care about this 25 percent; I care about the right thing
for players in the future," he told the newspaper.
This year's tournament was not the first time Tomic has run afoul of
He was nicknamed 'Tomic the Tank Engine' after accusations he
'tanked' -- or failed to try his best -- in a loss to Andy Roddick
at the 2012 U.S. Open.
Tomic also said after his first round loss at Wimbledon in 2017 that
he was 'bored' during the match.
He has also been periodically suspended from Australia's Davis Cup
team over the last five years for what Tennis Australia have called
($1 = 0.8001 pounds)
(Writing by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Sudipto
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