Wimbledon 2019: Bernard Tomic fined for not meeting 'professional standards'

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Bernard Tomic has been fined his full Wimbledon prize money of £45,000 for not meeting the "required professional standard" during his 58-minute first-round defeat by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tomic lost 6-2 6-1 6-4 in the shortest men's match at SW19 since 2004.

Tomic can appeal against his punishment and when asked if he felt he might be fined the Australian said: "What for?"

The 26-year-old was also fined two years ago for his conduct during a first-round loss to Mischa Zverev.

Former Wimbledon semi-finalist Tsonga, 34, served 21 aces as Tomic's performance was described in commentary as "embarrassing" and "distasteful".

On Thursday, after his second-round victory over Ricardas Berankis, Tsonga said the punishment devalued his win "a little".

"That's touchy," said the Frenchman. "I think it's a little bit too much, but that's the way they decide to deal with it, and I respect that. That's it.

"For me, it's like what I did was not win. It's like I was just here and I just won because they said he didn't play enough."

Wimbledon officials said that it in the the opinion of the match referee "the player did not perform to the required professional standard".

Speaking after his defeat by Rafael Nadal on Thursday, Nick Kyrgios said: "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."

Sloane Stephens, who won the US Open in 2017, criticised the decision.

"I could see if he lost 0, 0, 0, then that would be something, but he played a 6-4 set. I think now if the tournaments are going to be their own judge and... they're going to do that, then I can't say I'm 100% onboard with that.

"Do I think it's a slippery slope? Yeah, I really do. I really, really do."

Tomic was fined more than £11,000 and dropped by his racquet sponsor after saying he was "bored" and had called the trainer when he was not injured during his 6-4 6-3 6-4 defeat by Germany's Zverev in 2017.

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