‘It’s outrageous’ – Nick Kyrgios slams WImbledon chiefs after £45,000 Bernard Tomic fine

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Tomic crashed out of Wimbledon on Tuesday to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after losing 6-2 6-2 6-4 in just 58 minutes.

It was the shortest men’s match at the All England Club in 15 years as the Australian appeared to not give full effort when chasing for balls and hitting shots.

And tournament referee Andrew Jarrett deemed Tomic had failed to meet the Grand Slam Rule Book guidelines regarding first-round Performance which states: “All players are expected to perform to a professional standard in every Grand Slam match.

“With respect to First Round Performance, if in the opinion of the Referee the player did not perform to the required professional standard, the Referee may determine that the player be subject to a fine of up to first-round prize money.”

In a statement, Wimbledon said: “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 which will be deducted from prize money.”

Speaking on the BBC, Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain Anne Keothavong fumed at Tomic’s display, calling it an “absolute disgrace”.

“I just don’t understand as a professional tennis player why show up and do that,” she added.

“It makes no sense whatsoever. It is just disappointing.”

Tomic can appeal the decision but is highly unlikely to be successful.

And after he lost in the second round to Rafael Nadal, Kyrgios expressed sympathy for his compatriot and blasted the tournament.

“I think it’s a little rough, maybe all of the prize money. I mean, one, Tsonga is an unbelievable player,” he told reporters.

“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%.

“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.

“I just hope Bernard is all right.”

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