Tomic, Hewitt burn out in Aus Open scorcher

Young gun Bernard Tomic was jeered after quitting his first round Australian Open match, while veteran Lleyton Hewitt was cheered after taking his to a five-set marathon.

The 21-year-old Gold Coaster copped plenty of criticism from the crowd when bowing out after losing the first set to Rafael Nadal 6-4.

Sports News First reports, he sought a medical timeout after just three games to have treatment. He complained of having difficulty pushing off on his left leg, but emerged a few minutes later with his left thigh strapped.


Shortly after, at the changeover Tomic advised the umpire he was unable to play on, drawing boos from sections of the crowd at Rod Laver Arena.

Tomic had been left flying the flag, aiming to become just our second man to advance past the opening round, with youngster Nick Kyrgios the only Aussie man through.

He hit a tournament leading 34 aces in his four-set victory over German Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-2).

Prior to Tomic’s clash, Hewitt had fought through the scorching heat in five sets against 24th-seeded Italian Andreas Seppi who claimed the four-hour match 7-6 6-3 5-7 5-7 7-5.

Both players and spectators sweltered through the Melbourne heatwave on day two, while three ball kids collapsed.

The most dramatic reaction to the sweltering temperature of 42c was Canadian Frank Dancevic who claimed he saw the cartoon character Snoopy on court before fainting.

He came to after about a minute, but went on to lose his game to France’s Benoit Paire 7-6, 6-3, 6-4, before claiming the conditions were ‘inhumane’.