Bernard Tomic has sort out legal advice after the Grand Slam board decided to uphold the fine levied on him following his first round exit from the 2019 Wimbledon.
The Aussie received a 100% fine after going down to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the round one at Wimbledon earlier this month. The match lasted less than an hour and Tomic was fined £45,000 – his first round fee – for a performance that was described to not meet the required standards.
Tomic had claimed he wasn’t feeling well during the encounter but not only was that reason turned down, but the Grand Slam board director Bill Babock also sent back a castigating missive.
“A review of your historical record of misconduct at Grand Slams, never mind elsewhere, provides little justification for an adjustment.”
“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.”
What’s interesting is that Tomic will be refunded 25% of that amount if there are no violations over the next eight Grand Slam competitions but even there, Babcock revealed his scepticism.
“Admittedly, I am sceptical that you can achieve this reform of grand slam on-court behaviour. Many others, no doubt, would be even more than just sceptical.”
An angry Tomic has shot back he doesn’t need the 25% over the next two years and it was a matter of principle.
“They’re sort of mocking me with what they’re saying. I don’t need 25 per cent in two years. I don’t need the money. It’s about what’s right.”
“It’s not fair that I’ve been given one of the biggest fines in Grand Slam history when I didn’t receive one code violation in the match.”
Tomic revealed he would be taking legal advice as a result and any refunds he got from this would then be donated to a charity. He will play at the Atlanta Open starting with his opening round match later today.