NEW YORK — Bernard Tomic has been handed a $10,000 fine for his foul-mouthed rant at a US Open heckler.
The controversial Australian told the fan to “suck my b—-” on the Old Grandstand court in his first-round loss to Damir Dzumhur Tuesday. Television microphones also picked up Tomic telling the spectator “I will put my balls in your mouth” and “I will give you some money to make you feel good.”
Tomic later apologised for his comments, but ITF officials deemed the expletive-laden rant to be unsportsmanlike conduct.
Tomic launches foul-mouthed US Open spray
Controversial Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has launched a foul-mouthed attack on a spectator during his first round match at the US Open.
The 23-year-old insisted he was provoked, telling the chair umpire the fan “was saying some s—.”
“I think he was just baiting me a bit,” Tomic later told a press conference. “I don’t want to get into it. I apologised for what I said to him. I think after he left after the first set, I think the crowd got happy he left because he was a bit annoying.”
Tomic’s fine is not the biggest at a Grand Slam this year — Britain’s Heather Watson received a £9,000 ($12,000) fine for slamming her racket into the turf at Wimbledon during a first-round defeat.
World No. 1 Serena Williams was fined the same amount of money as Tomic at the All England Club for smashing a racket, as was Viktor Troicki for calling official Damiano Torella “the worst umpire in the world”. at the grass-court major.
Tomic was criticised at the Madrid Open in May when he held his racket by the strings and didn’t offer a shot to Fabio Fognini‘s serve on match point. He responded to a journalist who questioned his actions: “Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?”
He also ruled out himself out of consideration for Olympic selection in Rio after being warned by the Australian team that his behaviour was being monitored.