One of the main benefits of those players ranked inside the top-100 is instant access to the main draw at Majors and nice prize money even if you lose in the first round. Bernard Tomic was ready to go home with £45,000 (minus taxes, of course) after a one-sided 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 58 minutes, the shortest completed men's match at Wimbledon in 15 years!
The Frenchman had the upper hand all the time, dropping nine points behind the initial shot and never facing a break point, mounting the pressure on the rival who wasn't ready to spend too much time on the court or show at least some effort in sets one and two.
Tsonga played on a high level from start to finish, blasting 39 winners and 12 unforced errors, leaving Tomic on only eight winners and almost 30 mistakes that ruined his chances for a more favorable result, if he ever wanted that.
The Aussie said there was nothing wrong with his performance and that he couldn't do better against such a strong rival, something that the organizers refused to accept that easily. After watching the match again, they have decided to take the first-round prize money away from the 26-year-old due to the fundamental lack of effort on the biggest tennis stage.
Jo-Wilfried needed only 35 minutes to claim sets one and two and that would not have been possible if Bernard had shown at least something on the court, sending him home with nothing on his tally in terms of money. The troubled Aussie was fined here two years ago as well after saying he was a little bit bored against Mischa Zverev in the first round, calling for a trainer despite the fact there was nothing wrong with him.
At Roland Garros, Taylor Fritz took down Bernard 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 in just 82 minutes but the Aussie got away with that defeat despite another controversial display. "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 up to the first round prize money.
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 to the prize money."