Tomic hit with $15,000 fine

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Howard Fendrich

LON­DON» Bernard Tomic was fined $15,000 at Wim­ble­don and dropped by his racket spon­sor Thurs­day — not for some­thing he did dur­ing his first-round loss, but for what he said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence af­ter­ward.

The penalty for un­sports­man­like con­duct was an­nounced two days after the 24-year-old Aus­tralian player was de­feated by Mis­cha Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, then spoke to the me­dia about feel­ing “a lit­tle bit bored out there.”

Tomic also said Tues­day that he “just couldn’t find any mo­ti­va­tion” to com­pete this year and ac­knowl­edged that when he called for a med­i­cal time­out against Zverev, he did so not be­cause of an in­jury is­sue but to “try to break a bit of mo­men­tum.”

Racket maker Head is­sued a state­ment via its Twit­ter feed Thurs­day, saying: “We were ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed with the state­ments made at Wim­ble­don by one of our spon­sored ath­letes, Bernard Tomic. His opin­ions in no way re­flect our own at­ti­tude for ten­nis, our pas­sion, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and re­spect for the game.”

The state­ment con­cluded: “There­fore, we have de­cided to dis­con­tinue our col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bernard Tomic.”

The fine amounts to more than a third of Tomic’s prize money: First-round losers at the All Eng­land Club this year re­ceive 35,000 pounds (about $45,000).

Tomic has not reached the quar­ter­fi­nals at a Grand Slam tour­na­ment since los­ing at that stage at Wim­ble­don against even­tual cham­pion No­vak Djokovic in 2011. That year, at age 18, Tomic be­came the youngest man to reach the quar­ter­fi­nals at the All Eng­land Club since 1986, when Boris Becker won the ti­tle.

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