LONDON — Bernard Tomic has been dropped by racket sponsor Head just hours after he was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct following his first-round exit at Wimbledon.
Australian Tomic received a $15,000 (£11,600) fine from the International Tennis Federation — the second-largest fine since 1991 — following his loss to Mischa Zverev, after which Tomic claimed he felt bored during the match and admitted he had called the trainer on not for treatment, but to disrupt his opponent’s momentum.
News of the fine was followed by a statement from Head, who stood firmly behind Maria Sharapova during her doping ban but deemed Tomic’s attitude unacceptable.
A statement on Head’s official website read: “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.”
Tomic received $45,000 (£35,000) prize money as a first-round loser.
Article source: http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/19853537/wimbledon-2017-bernard-tomic-dropped-racket-sponsors-head-outburst-which-saw-fined
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