All England Club has quiet word with Tomic after all that racquet

All England Club has quiet word with Tomic after all that racquet

Bernard Tomic of Australia has received the biggest fine at this year’s Wimbledon.Bernard Tomic has been reproached by Wimbledon officials for the racquet-smashing end to his surprise first round loss on Tuesday, an uncharacteristic tantrum that damaged court two at the All England Club. Repairs were needed, and Tomic was also fined $2500 – more than triple the next biggest financial penalty imposed in the tournament so far.

Tomic lost in four sets to Belgian wildcard David Goffin, and repeatedly whacked his racquet onto the grass as he walked to the net to shake hands. Last year’s quarter-finalist had already broken another racquet earlier in the match he surrendered after winning the first set.

“A ‘talking-to’, I think would be the wrong word, but we had a word with him,” Wimbledon spokesman Johnny Perkins confirmed to Fairfax Media.

“Essentially I think it was ‘this is not really the behaviour we expect, and, more to the point, you have damaged the court’, and we did have to put a bit of filler in it.

“It’s two counts: one is it’s damaging the courts for the other competitors, and that’s probably the worst bit. And from our side obviously it’s not a great spectacle, and I’m sure Bernard thinks that as well; that with hindsight he wishes he hadn’t.”

Perkins said such an approach to a player was rare, but that the damage was substantial. “If it needs filler then that means it is quite a rut,” he said.

“There’s normal wear and tear, which is scuffing, really, but this put really quite a dent in the surface.”

Tomic, 19, is Australia’s highest ranked player, but having failed to defend his points from his breakthrough performance at the prestigious grand slam 12 months ago, is expected to drop from 27th to 48th in the world when the next rankings are released on July 9. With Lleyton Hewitt, he will represent Australia in singles at the London Olympics later this month. The tennis event will be played at Wimbledon.

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