Published: Thu, July 06, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Bernard Tomic Joins Australia's Body Count Of First-Round Drop-Outs

Bernard Tomic Joins Australia's Body Count Of First-Round Drop-Outs

Was it because he lost his first-round match to 27th seed Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon?

"I tried at the end and stuff, he managed to win that set 6-3 or 6-4, but it was too late".

Tomic, who has not won a tour title since 2015, has struggled for form this year, winning just nine matches overall and losing in the first round at the French Open and now Wimbledon. Form which stood in stark contrast to the 24-year-old's performance against the same opponent just the week before when Tomic had destroyed Zverev.

Tomic was criticised for ruling himself out of the Rio 2016 Olympics because of an "extremely busy" schedule, a year after he was dropped by Tennis Australia - for a second time - from their Davis Cup squad. "Rankings get shoved a little bit aside for me at this stage of my life".

Martina Navratilova [above] said Tomic should get out of the sport if that's how he feels. He is disinterested and he has no desire to put much effort into it. "It's not there. I couldn't care less if I make a fourth-round U.S. Open or I lose (in the) first round". To me, everything is the same.

"You know, I'm going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won't have to work again".

His honesty has caused quite a bit of controversy in the tennis community.

"It's disrespectful to the sport and disrespectful to the history of the sport", she said. ESPN's tennis analyst, Brad Gilbert, is disgusted by the comments.

Bernard Tomic's embarrassing exit from Wimbledon fumed former Australian player Pat Cash as the former retired in the middle of the game as he was bored by his insipid 6-4, 6-3, and 6-4 first round loss to German veteran Mischa Zverev.

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In a rambling dissertation, the Queenslander revealed he had no respect for the sport, was bored and "mentally not there". Really, me being out there on court, to be honest with you, I just couldn't find any motivation.

'The spectators, they paid good money. they spend good money to come here and watch Wimbledon and the guy shows up and doesn't really show up, doesn't try. "Just stay home", she added.

Tomic's fellow Australians have also been embarrassed by his words.

It was because he said things in his post-match media conference that a lot of people are extremely unhappy about.

Bernard Tomic is back to being Australian sport's public enemy No.1.

Tomic has played 322 tour-level matches.

His reasoning for that admittedly poor performance is less physical - see his unlucky mate Nick Kyrgios for more on that one - than mental, and we guess, existential.

While Tomic's form has fluctuated he's had a number of issues off court to deal with - notably his relationship with his father. "But then he would still, you know — if the ball is within reach, he would still hit the ball hard, especially with the forehand, place it well, and hit a lot of winners".

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