«It is the opinion of the referee that the performance of Bernard Tomic in his first round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did not meet the required professional standards, and therefore he has been fined the maximum amount of £45,000 which will be deducted from prizemoney.»
Tomic, 26, can appeal the finding.
The controversial player has been accused of not trying previously in his career, and has slipped to No. 96 in the world rankings. He is likely to fall outside the top 100 once Wimbledon is done.
This latest clash, in which the big-serving Tsonga fired down 21 aces compared to Tomic’s one, was the shortest men’s singles match here in 15 years, and lasted only four minutes longer than it took Roger Federer to defeat Alejandro Falla of Colombia in 2004. Fans were in disbelief when Tomic appeared not to run down shots.
Wilander, the seven-times grand slam champion and former world No. 1, told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald that Tomic had some serious decisions to make.
«What is my advice? Find something off the court that you really love to do, like playing golf. Then go and play 18 holes there, nine holes here, and then fit in an hour and half [of tennis] practice with your best friend,» Wilander said.
«Have fun and then you look at this [tennis] as a complete bonus. If you are not having fun, then this [tennis] is a pain in the arse.»
Wilander said Tomic still had the talent to compete at the top level but questioned whether it would ever be fully utilised.
«He has got natural talent in understanding the game and great hands. Physically, he is a bit slower than most players I would say and that is where he could improve the most, his physical explosion part,» he said.
«But a lot of players would say it the other way: ‘Man, I wish I could learn the game the way that he understands the game’.
«It is pretty easy to see what you need to improve. It’s easier to improve your physical strength than anything else. What is harder to improve is your emotional engagement day in and day out. It is not [a] switch. It is there or not there.»
Tomic’s post-match press conference after his defeat was also brief, and he defended the manner in which he had played.
«I think I played as best as I could. It’s just I played terrible,» he said.
When he was asked if he was happy with the effort he had made on court, he retorted: «Next question please.»
Tomic had been a top 20 player in 2011 but has been dubbed «Tomic the tank engine» by some in the sport.
He was fined more than $20,000 in 2017 and was dumped by his racket sponsor after claiming in a press conference following a first-round loss to Mischa Zverev that he had been bored during the match and had called the trainer when he was not injured.
Asked this week what was next on his agenda, Tomic replied: «Try and do tournaments at Newport, Atlanta, Washington, all their hard courts.»
Jon Pierik is cricket writer for The Age. He also covers AFL and has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.