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Bernard Tomic criticised by Australian tennis fraternity after shocking comments

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has urged tennis fraternity not to perceive Bernard Tomic as a representative of the Australian players, after the latter crashed out of Wimbledon 2017 tournament.

tennis Updated: Jul 05, 2017 16:55 IST
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Australia's Bernard Tomic reacts during his Wimbledon men’s singles first round match against Germany's Mischa Zverev.
Australia's Bernard Tomic reacts during his Wimbledon men’s singles first round match against Germany's Mischa Zverev.(AFP)

Many former Australian tennis players have panned Bernard Tomic after he crashed out of Wimbledon 2017 tournament, following an abasing defeat to German player Mischa Zverev in the first round itself. Much to the shock of many, Tomic said he was feeling bored during the contest, and cited lack of motivation as well as respect for the sport, during the post-match interview.

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has urged tennis fraternity not to perceive Bernard Tomic as a representative of the Australian players, after the latter crashed out of Wimbledon 2017 tournament.

Tomic lost to Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round and it did not appear as if was concerned at all about the Grand Slam results, said The Guardian.

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Tomic faced back-related issues during the match, but said he was not troubled a great deal by it.

Tomic said, “It was definitely a mental issue out there. I don’t know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there, to be completely honest with you. So I feel holding a trophy or doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore. It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round US Open or I lose first round. To me, everything is the same. I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”

His comments enraged not only the Australian tennis fraternity, but a few of those outside it as well.

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Cash told BBC, “I don’t think Bernie by a long shot represents everybody, Australian players. He can do a lot worse than that to ruin the image that we’ve created. But a lot of ex-players are cringing, Aussies, especially the guys who started this pro circuit. We wouldn’t be here without these guys.”

Rennae Stubbs, a former Australian six-time grand slam doubles champion, termed Tomic’s observations as a disgrace, the report said.

“You’re an embarrassment to yourself, and not only to the sport but to Australian tennis,” Stubbs told the BBC.

Roger Rasheed said Tomic needs help and must take some time off the sport. But he questioned at Sky Sports Radio, “The problem is, where does he go?”

“I don’t know where it [support] is going to come from, to be honest. You’d like to help the kid, as a person, just to talk to him to see what he’s interested in doing as a passion and try to work with that,” Rasheed said.

Martina Navratilova was also among those to have criticised Tomic for his behaviour. “It’s disrespectful to the sport and disrespectful to the history of the sport. If you can’t get motivated at Wimbledon it’s time to find another job. The spectators paid good money to come here and watch Wimbledon and the guy shows up and doesn’t try, he can’t be bothered. Just stay at home.”

Former Australian cricketer, commentator and a national selector, Mark Waugh took to Twitter to describe his feelings.