Australian tennis player Benard Tomic has received the second-largest fine ever handed out at Wimbledon for his post-match admission that he staged an injury during his first round loss to German Mischa Zverev.
Tomic was fined $US15,000 ($AU20,000) for “unsportsmanlike conduct” following a review by the International Tennis Federation after he appeared to say in a post-match interview that he faked the injury for a medical time-out “to break a bit of momentum” and he “felt a little bit bored out there”.
The fine wipes out a third of his £35,000 ($AU60,000) payment – up 17% on 2016’s fee – for a first round loss.
The comments by the 24-year-old No. 59 seed also cost him his racket sponsor, with Head dumping Tomic.
“We were extremely disappointed with the statements made at Wimbledon by one of our sponsored athletes, Bernard Tomic,” the company said in a statement.
“His opinions in no way reflect our own attitude for tennis, our passion, professionalism and respect for the game. Therefore, we have decided to discontinue our collaboration with Bernard Tomic.”
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