Just days after his first-round Wimbledon loss to Mischa Zverev, things have gone from bad to worse for a 'bored' Bernard Tomic.
In a post-match press conference, the 24 year old admitted to faking injury 'to break momentum', and declared he's bored of the sport.
“I don’t know why, but, you know, I felt a little bit bored out there. You know, to be completely honest with you.”
Grand Slam officials reviewed the footage of the match, and the transcript of his presser, and have handed him the second largest fine in Wimbledon history - $19,725 will be deducted from Tomic’s prize money cheque of $64,000.
The fine, which is for faking injury or 'unsportsmanlike behaviour', is roughly $6,600 short of Wimbledon's largest ever fine, handed to Italian Fabio Fognini in 2014 for a tantrum.
Tomic has already revealed he will file an appeal.
"I was being honest", he said.
“People the fine is for calling for the doctor, but it’s not. I don’t think the fine is fair.”
On top of the fine, Austrian racquet sponsor Head has dumped Tomic, saying “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.”
Novak Djokovic has supported Head's decision, but also says Tomic needs serious help.
“We all have our flaws. We all, in the heat of the moment, maybe say some things that are not appropriate maybe,” Djokovic said.
“But it’s understandable, in a way, why Head has reacted in this way."
“It’s not the right message to send out there from one of the most talented players that has played a game in (the) last six, seven years, and a hero to many children, especially in Australia."