Competing in Antalya under the boiling sun was probably not the best idea ahead of Wimbledon, although Bernard Tomic gave it a shot. Reaching the quarter-final and taking a long trip to London, Tomic didn't have much left in the tank ahead of the first clash at the All England Club versus Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who defeated him 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in 58 minutes, the shortest completed Wimbledon encounter since 2004!
Convinced he gave his best, Bernard was ready to go home with £45,000 (minus taxes, of course) but the organizers had some other plans, announcing a fine for the lack of effort and taking the entire prize money for the first round loss out of his hands!
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 that lasted 35 minutes combined!
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 will take some legal steps, repeating he couldn't play on a higher level after a grueling previous week, saying Tsonga wasted no time between points and that the match could not have lasted for more. "I flew from Turkey after losing in the quarter-final, playing a few matches there in 40c heat and becoming a bit unwell over the weekend," Tomic said.
"At Wimbledon, I had to compete with one of the best players on grass, losing 6-2, 6-1, 6-4. It's not like I lost 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. From the start of the match I knew I had very little chance because I was feeling down but I thought I would go on court to try my best because it's Wimbledon.
My movement is pretty bad normally and against Tsonga it just became super slow. Jo served great and took so little time between serves, pushing me to play fast as well. I had no chance, it was 6-2, 6-1 before I knew it. The third set was a little better but still felt quick. My best efforts were super poor that day although it's all I had. Sorry, guys, for feeling unwell."