Bernard Tomics appeal shot down in fiery letter

 7news.com.au  07/20/2019 02:34:42 

Bernard Tomics appeal to have his first-round Wimbledon prize money reinstated has been strongly rejected.

The 26-year-old Aussie had appealed to the Grand Slam board after being slapped with an $81,000 fine, 100 per cent of his earnings at Wimbledon, for failing to meet professional standards in his first-round loss to Frenchman Jo Wilfried-Tsonga.

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Tomic was criticised for failing to give his all in the 58 minute 6-2 6-1 6-4 demolition, and was later dealt with by officials under the first round performance rule, which was brought in to stop players attending Grand Slams to pick up an easy first-round losers cheque.

Unsurprisingly, Tomic was furious with the actions of the Grand Slam board, appealing their decision with a number of arguments including the fact that the chair umpire gave no code violations throughout the match for lack of effort.

That appeal has now been shot down by Grand Slam board director Bill Babcock who went as far as to argue there is no evidence the Aussie can turn his behaviour around.

A review of your historical record of misconduct at Grand Slams, never mind elsewhere, provides little justification for an adjustment, Babcock wrote in a letter obtained by The New York Times.

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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 did however extend Tomic an olive branch, giving him a chance at getting back 25 percent of his hefty fine.

Still, if there is a chance for you to clean up your act and demonstrate respect for the grand slam tournaments and the sport (and yourself), then I am willing to give that positive outcome a last chance.

Here is the deal: if you do not commit any grand slam code violations in the next eight grand slam tournaments in which you compete, then 25 per cent of your total financial penalty will be returned at that time.

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is appealing his hefty Wimbledon fine.
Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic is appealing his hefty Wimbledon fine.Image: AP

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. Good luck and I hope to be pleasantly surprised in the future by your successful reform.

The letter wasnt received warmly by Tomic, who told said he planned to further challenge the ruling, and insisted he didnt care about getting some portion of his fine back.

I dont care about this 25 percent; I care about the right thing for players in the future, Tomic said.

Bernard Tomic slumped 6-1 6-2 6-4 to veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round at Wimbledon.
Bernard Tomic slumped 6-1 6-2 6-4 to veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first round at Wimbledon.Image: EPA

Although the vast majority of tennis fans were happy to see Tomics entire Wimbledon prize purse stripped, he did receive some support from his fellow tennis pros, including his opponent in the match in question Jo Wilfried-Tsonga.

Wilfried-Tsonga backed Tomic, and argued stripping the Aussie of his prize purse made his own efforts seem lesser.

Its like what I did was not win. Its like I was just here and I just won because, they said, he didnt play enough, Tsonga said.

Fellow Aussie Nick Kyrgios was far more scathing of the fine.

I think its a little rough, maybe all of the prize money, Kyrgios said.

Nick Kyrgios visited a well-known Wimbledon pub just hours before he was due to take on Rafael Nadal

I mean, one, Tsonga is an unbelievable player. 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 doesnt look maybe as engaged as, I dont know, say, a Carreno Busta or something. They just assume hes maybe not trying or giving 100 per cent.

I dont agree with fining the guy all of his prize money. He earned his right to be in the draw. He played the whole year.

Hes obviously winning enough to be at the most prestigious tournament in the world. To take all his prize money I think is outrageous.

Tomic bows out of ATP's Hall of Fame Open

Bernard Tomic's tennis woes have continued with a first-round loss at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport.

The Australian was beaten 6-2 7-6 (7-5) in straight sets by world No.141 Ilya Ivashka, who will now meet the winner of reigning champion Steve Johnson or wild card Christopher Eubanks in the round of 16.

Tomic was also a first round loser at Wimbledon but was handed an $A80,000 fine for performing "below professional standards" against Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 6-2 6-1 6-4.

The Queenslander, who has taken legal advice to oppose the sanction, is ranked 103 in the world and in a battle to qualify for the US Open.

Meanwhile, Argentina's Guido Andreozzi got the better of 2016 champion Ivo Karlovic to dump him out of the tournament.

With AAP

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