Bernard Tomic has lost his major racquet sponsor and been slapped with the second-largest single fine in Wimbledon history, after admitting he was bored at Wimbledon.
Austrian company, Head, withdrew its lucrative deal yesterday after the Queenslander was charged with unsportsmanlike conduct, and fines $19,725 after confessing he struggled with motivation in a straight-sets loss to German Mischa Zverev.
The fine will be deducted from Tomic’s prizemoney cheque of $64,000.
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In a statement, Head said: “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. Therefore, we have decided to discontinue our collaboration with Bernard Tomic.”
Grand slam officials hit Tomic with the tournament-topping penalty after assessing video and transcript of his post-match interview on Tuesday.
It is the largest fine meted out by Wimbledon officials behind Fabio Fognini’s $26,400 for the Italian’s 2014 tantrum here.
The world No.59 pretended to have a back injury and called for the trainer midway through the second set, but opted not to take any medication.
“I just tried to break a bit of momentum but just couldn’t find any rhythm and, you know, wasn’t mentally and physically there with my mental state to perform,” Tomic said.
Tomic, 24, also confessed to only playing for money and he no longer cared how he performed at grand slam tournaments.
Head’s decision comes three years after management giant IMG cut ties with the former teenage prodigy who was earmarked for superstardom after winning two the Australian Open junior titles at just 15 and the US Open boys’ singles at 16.
Tomic said he would appeal the penalty.