This year’s Wimbledon has seen some of the worst behaviour by players in recent years, figures for fines imposed so far during the championships have shown. Tournament officials have handed out the second highest recorded financial penalty in Wimbledon’s history, imposing a $15,000 (£11,500) fine on Bernard Tomic for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’.
It came after the Australian admitted in a post-match Press conference that he had faked an injury during his straight-sets loss to the German Mischa Zverev in the first round, and that he was ‘bored’ with Wimbledon. And Daniil Medvedev was handed three individual fines totalling $14,500 (£11,200), the third highest amount since records began in 1991, for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Russian was fined $4,000 as a warning for insulting the Portuguese umpire, Mariana Alvez; $3,000 for again insulting the umpire and $7,500 for tossing the coins at her chair. In just the first three days of this year’s championships a total of $33,500 (£25,900) in fines has been handed out for unsportsmanlike conduct. That compares to the total $93,500 (£70,700) handed out during the whole of last year’s tournament and the $62,500 (£40,000) levied against players in 2015.
The fines highlight the pressure players are competing under at what is regarded as the world’s greatest tennis tournament, with Grand Slam officials quick to crack down on any offence deemed to be against the rules and the spirit of the game.
Tomic’s fine exceeds that handed out to Heather Watson in 2016 when she was fined $12,000 (£9,000 at the time) for smashing her racquet against the court during her first-round loss to Annika Beck. The highest recorded single fine in Wimbledon history remains that given to Fabio Fognini, who plays Murray on Friday.