'Absolute disgrace' – Anne Keothavong slams Bernard Tomic after £45,000 Wimbledon fine

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In a statement from Wimbledon officials, tournament referee Andrew Jarrett deemed that Tomic contravened the Grand Slam Rule Book regarding First Round Performance.

The statement said: “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 prize money.

And the rule says: “All players are expected to perform to a professional standard in every Grand Slam match.

“With respect to First Round Performance, if in the opinion of the Referee the player did not perform to the required professional standard, the Referee may determine that the player be subject to a fine of up to first-round prize money.”

“This performance was an absolute disgrace,” Keothavong said on the BBC.

“I just don’t understand as a professional tennis player why show up and do that.

“It makes no sense whatsoever. It is just disappointing.”

Tomic has the right to appeal but is highly unlikely to be successful.

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