A host of tennis veterans have weighed in on the on-and-off court behaviour of Bernard Tomic.
The Gold Coaster’s been labeled an underachiever who has hit rock bottom with the Australian public.
The 21-year-old this week pulled out of a much-anticipated first round Australian Open match-up with Rafael Nadal, complaining of groin soreness.
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Scans have confirmed the injury, but Tomic was booed by the crowd when retiring from the game, due to previous ‘stunts’ in tough matches.
News.com.au reports, former Australian Open semi-finalist Patrick McEnroe told ESPN, Tomic “has been an underachiever so far based on the ability he has, the talent that he has”.
“He hasn’t dotted every I and crossed every T off the court (with) his fitness, his training, his regimen, his team around him. He’s had a lot of chaos around him,” the former US Davis Cup captain said.
McEnroe’s fellow commentator Darren Cahill agreed, adding: “What you are seeing from the Australian public is a build-up of frustration, not at the way he plays in Australia because he’s been very good, what he does outside of Australia.”
“It’s a little bit like the boy who cried wolf and the one time you are injured, no one believes you.”
Former women’s world No.1 Chris Evert said Tomic was at “rock bottom” and “isolated from the Australian public and probably also in the men’s locker room”.
“He needs to surround himself with the right people.”
Tomic remains in doubt for Australia’s first-round Davis Cup clash with France after scans revealed a strained groin.
Meantime, fellow Gold Coaster Sam Stosur is just one of two Australian players left in the singles draw at this week’s grand slam.
She will meet Ana Ivanovic on Rod Laver Arena tonight for a spot in the fourth round.
While Casey Dellacqua will also fly the flag today, when she meets Jie Zheng.
Yesterday, Thanasi Kokkinakis lost in straight sets to Rafael Nadal, while compatriots Nick Kyrgios and Olivia Rogowska also bowed out.