A candid speaking Bernard Tomic has sparked further criticism after saying he has managed to achieve what he has in tennis with ‘50% effort’ put into his career.
In an exclusive TV interview with Channel 7 Australia, Tomic has declared that his love for the sport is no more and he only plays for money. At the Wimbledon championships, he was handed a hefty fine for unsportsmanlike conduct. Following his first round loss, Tomic said he felt ‘bored’ during his match.
“It was a patch I was going through. I wasn’t motivated the last four, five months. I feel like I need to find my balance, I need to find my mindset whether it’s now or in one month or in three months, it will come and it’s only going to be on my terms,” he said.
Critics have accused the 24-year-old of deliberately tanking during his Wimbledon match. An allegation he has denied. So far this season, Tomic has won nine out of 24 matches played and has suffered nine first round losses.
“I don’t tank. I just get disappointed in myself. I get angry with myself. I forget about the score and I think about different things even though I’m on the court. I was a bit confused and nervous.’’
Tomic’s approach to the world of tennis is different to that of his rivals, but some have praised his honesty. Although such honesty has resulted in him losing his sponsorship contract with racket sensor Head. The same company that publicly backed Maria Sharapova throughout her doping suspension.
Now ranked 69th in the world, Tomic describes himself as ‘trapped.’ He may no longer love the sport, but he isn’t considering retirement anytime soon. Instead, he is going to treat it like an everyday job. A bold statement from a player who earned more than $5 million in prize money.
“I never loved tennis. I am just going to go about it as a job.” Yahoo Australia quoted him as saying.
“Wouldn’t anyone want to take a job in a professional sport in one of the biggest sports in the world and only give 50, 60 per cent and earn millions of dollars? I think everybody would take that.”
Strangely relishing in the fact that he managed to achieve so much with little effort, it remains to be seen what the future holds. His support among the Australian public is certainly fading. Even more so when he told critics to ‘just go back dreaming about your dream car or house while I go buy them’.
“I don’t regret what I said … I said that to piss people off,’’ said Tomic.
“I want people to know who I truly am, that I’m not a cocky person like they say and I’m an honest person.’’
Pat Rafter conflict
Tomic has also released another scathing attack on former world No.1 Pat Rafter. In 2015 he described Rafter as a ‘good actor’ amid an ongoing confrontation between Tennis Australian and the Tomic family. Two years on from that outburst, there have been no improvement in relations.
“Pat’s said a lot of bad things about me throughout my career, and he’s always perceived as this nice guy,” Tomic commented about Rafter.
“This image — people don’t know him behind closed doors. He’s not that much of a nice guy.
“And he’s — you know, he likes to put on a show.”
Rafter stepped down as the performance director of Tennis Australia in February.
It is unclear as to when Tomic will resume ‘his job.’ He recently pulled out of the Atlanta Open due to a foot problem.
Coco Gauff Undeterred By Mouthwatering Australian Open Showdown With Osaka
The rising star looks ahead to her clash with the world No.4.
Teenage sensation Coco Gauff says she has nothing to lose in her upcoming clash with Naomi Osaka at the Australian Open.
Gauff, who is the youngest player in this year’s draw at the age of 15, battled into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Taking on Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, the American prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 7-5, after more than two hours of play. Coming back from a 0-3 deficit in the deciding set to progress into the last 32 of the tournament on her debut. Gauff has now won six main draw grand slam matches before her 16th birthday.
“I think I was just trying to stay calm mostly and stay positive. I’ve always believed that I can come back regardless of the score.” She commented about her latest win.
“The whole match I knew I needed to be more aggressive. I guess I finally decided to do that even though I wish I decided earlier.’
“I think I kind of felt the momentum changing. I knew I had to keep pressing.”
Tipped to be a future star of the women’s game, Gauff achieved another record with her latest win. She is the first female American player to reach the third round of her first three grand slam tournaments in 30 years. A fete that wasn’t even achieved by the formidable Williams sisters.
The reward for the youngster is a second meeting with two-time grand slam champion Naomi Osaka, who won the Australian Open title 12 months ago. They first clashed at the US Open last September with the Japanese player dropping only three games against Gauff.
Despite being the underdog in the upcoming match, Gauff has vowed to give it her all. Now familiar with Osaka’s game on the court, the world No.67 believes she will be ‘less nervous’ during their next meeting.
“I think in general my mindset has always been nothing to lose really. Even when in juniors, even though I was ranked pretty high in juniors, I was technically supposed to win. Then I still felt like I had nothing to lose.” She explained.
“I still feel that now. I think my mindset just is I’m going to fight. If I lose, the world is not going to end. I’m going to have another match in maybe a week or so.’
“I think it’s just less pressure to win. I feel like for me, I’m not trying to win so much, but trying to play my best tennis on the court. Winning comes with that if I play good.”
Reflecting on their previous encounter, Gauff paid tribute to her rival. Who consoled her tearful opponent on the court following their match at the Arthur Ashe stadium. A gestured hailed by the teenager as ‘true sportsmanship.’
“I think that’s something if I had a child or something, that’s something I would want my child to see.” She said.
“It just shows what being a competitor really is. You might hate the person on the court, but off the court you love them, not really like hate. But you want to win.’
“Sometimes when we’re on the court, we say things we don’t mean because we have that mentality.”
Gauff will play Osaka on Friday. Osaka beat China’s Zheng Saisai 6-2, 6-4, in her second round match earlier in the day.
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Simona Halep Plays Down Injury Fears Following Australian Open Falls
Is the two-time grand slam champion facing the prospect of playing another grand slam tournament with an injury cloud looming over her head?
Fourth seed Simona Halep has said there is ‘nothing dangerous’ about her wrist after she awkwardly landed on it during her first round match at the Australian Open.
The reigning Wimbledon champion suffered a couple of falls throughout her at times tricky 7-6(5), 6-1, win over America’s Jennifer Brady. The person who stunned world No.1 Ash Barty in Brisbane earlier this year. During the first set it appeared as if the two-time grand slam champion hurt her right wrist following a fall. In the immediate aftermath, she had heavy strapping put on it.
It is not the first time Halep has suffered an early injury scare at the tournament. Two years ago, she rolled her ankle during her first round match. That was the same year where she reached the final of the tournament for the first time.
“A little bit sore, but nothing dangerous at this moment. So I will see tomorrow morning after I wake up.” Halep commented on her wrist.
“I don’t know why in the first round I always fall down. Maybe it’s a good sign. Let’s hope for that.” She added.
Despite the scare, the 28-year-old managed to secure a place in round two with the help of a dominant 27-minute second from from her. Producing 20 winners and winning 65% of her service points. Making it her 20th main draw match win at the Australian Open since 2011.
“I had just to push her back as much as possible, to make her run, playing a little bit both sides. I served pretty okay. And after that very tough set, in the second set I’ve been more relaxed. I’ve been a little bit more aggressive. I tried to finish some points, which I did.” She commented on her latest performance.
As one of a group of former grand slam champions in the women’s draw, Halep is among the favourites to lift the Melbourne title. Although she dismisses the theory that her previous triumphs place her on a stronger footing for her current tournament. On the women’s tour the last 12 major tournaments have been won by 10 different players. During that period Halep and Naomi Osaka are the only to have won multiple titles.
“It’s just a big, huge thing that I could win Wimbledon. For myself, it’s huge. But normally in life, it’s the same.” She explained.
“I had confidence before Wimbledon because I won the (2018) French Open, I won so many titles. So I don’t stay related to one tournament about the confidence. The confidence is coming with the matches. I feel good on the court now.”
Halep will play British qualifier Harriet Dart in the next round. The world No.173 scored a marathon 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) win over Japan’s Misaki Doi.
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