Aussie Tennis Star Slammed After Bizarre Wimbledon Post-Match Interview

Posted July 06, 2017

Does everyone else give 100 per cent effort at all times, always turning up to their workplace in prime mental and physical condition? "I don't know why, but, you know, I felt a little bit bored out there to be completely honest with you", the 24-year-old told reporters. "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.

"It's disrespectful to the sport, it's disrespectful to the history of the sport", she said. And I believe, you know, you have to respect the sport.

"I know I have to work hard". While Tomic, also known as "Bernard, the Tank Engine", was accused of giving up at the Madrid Open past year, when he tried to play match point by holding the racquet upside-down, Kyrgios has been suspended and fined by the ATP for tanking, essentially not trying hard enough.

"It's a roller coaster, and I just can't seem to find the commitment to work hard, to enjoy, and to lift trophies", he said. "But to me right now, I'm just not super pleased, not happy with myself, but I'm in between".

"It's tough to find motivation".

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"I just thought I'd try to break a bit of momentum, to use that as my strategy, because I was just playing very bad and feeling bad out there", he said. Was it because he lost his first-round match to 27th seed Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon?

"He definitely acted like something was wrong", said Zverev.

Tomic barely posed a challenge for the German serve-and-volley player, going down 4-6, 3-6, 4-6 in an hour and 24 minutes in the first round at Wimbledon.

Over on Court 14, all eyes were on Thanasi Kokkinakis against Juan Martin Del Potro.

On Monday's opening day, Aussie number one Nick Kyrgios retired hurt with a left hip injury, while John Millman lost to Rafael Nadal and qualifier Andrew Whittington went out to Thiago Monteiro.

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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.

The 24-year-old, who was once ranked No. 17 in the world, emerged as a top star for the future in 2011 when he qualified for the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

A fine ad campaign if ever we've seen one! We still want to fight and just not give up. "It's not there", Tomic said.

"Hopefully he can get it together because he's a really good player, especially when he's switched on", he said.

A battling Arina Rodionova became the first Australian to advance to the second round, beating Russian 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 9-7.

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And Tomic, a junior United States and Australian Open champion without a single semi-final appearance at a Grand Slam in his professional career, was the first to criticise his own preparation for the tournament and in his career generally. And according to Agnieszka Radwanska, there is no chance of the women's draw seeing such scenes. 2011 US Open victor Sam Stosur is out injured.