Wimbledon 2017: Tomic, Medvedev hit with substantial fines for match-related antics
Tomic and Medvedev received $15,000 and $14,500 fines for unsportsmanlike conduct
Bernard Tomic was hit with a $15,000 fine from the International Tennis Federation for comments made in the post-match press conference of his first-round loss at the hands of Mischa Zverev. Tomic's fine is for saying that he was playing "bored" during the match and an admission of calling a trainer to his court to disrupt Zverev's game. The fine will come out of his $45,000 paycheck for the tournament, though he will appeal it, claiming that Wimbledon officials are retaliating against him.
Tomic's full conference was meandering, but the quote in question is about his passion for the game. "I don't know why, but, you know, I felt a little bit bored out there," he said. "You know, to be completely honest with you."
The comments that imply unsportsmanlike conduct are more straightforward.
"I just thought I'd try to break a bit of momentum, to use that as my strategy, because I was just playing very bad and feeling bad out there. I tried to use something different maybe, you know, slow [Zverev] down a bit on the serve. He was playing quick and we were all playing quick and he was serving well."
He also questioned if he'd ever be where he needs to be mentally. "This is my eighth Wimbledon or ninth, I think. I'm still 24, and it's tough to find motivation," he said. "Really, me being out there on the court, to be honest with you, I just couldn't find any motivation." Tomic's life isn't getting any easier either, as his racket sponsor Head Tennis has issued a statement rebuking Tomic for his comments, and distancing themselves from him.
Daniil Medvedev's $14,500 fine is for throwing coins at the umpire following hisagainst Ruben Bemelmans. Medvedev asked for a new umpire down 5-2 in the fifth and final set of his match against Bemelmans, and he had his request denied. Once he lost the set (6-3), Medvedev went to his wallet and began taking out coins, throwing them at the umpire.
Medvedev quickly apologized for his actions, blaming the heat of the match. His fines were $4,000 for his official warning, $3,000 for the point penalty he was assessed by the umpire and $7,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Medvedev's breakdown came just two days after he beat world No. 5 Stan Wawrinka.
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