What’s happening to Australia’s young tennis players? Following Nick Kyrgios’s unusual social media activities, Bernard Tomic has delivered a foul-mouthed spray to a heckler during his first round match at the US Open in New York.
It was in the third set of his match against Damir Dzumhur that Tomic lost his cool. Coincidentally, Tomic was also down two sets to love against his opponent.
The vulgar spray, in which Tomic told a fan to “s*ck my b****” was picked up by the court microphones and French umpire Cedric Mourier pulled Tomic aside to determine why he had lashed out.
“He was saying some s**t,” Tomic responded.
To which the official advised that instead of taking matters into his own hands he should go through the proper channels to have issues addressed, i.e. through the match official.
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“I will put my b**** in your mouth,” and “I will give you some money to make you feel good,” Tomic said for all to hear at Flushing Meadows.
Tomic breaks the serve of Dzumhur in the 3rd set and you can hear a big "come on" from Hewitt in the crowd. Love it pic.twitter.com/a8TLisL7jb
Tomic’s outburst just happens to have occurred exactly one year after Kyrigios was fined and placed on a six-month suspended ban for his slur against Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka at last year’s Toronto Masters.
While he managed to regain his composure after the incident to win the third set, Tomic was still beaten 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/0), and it’s likely he’ll have some explaining to do.
What do you think of such behaviour by a sportsperson? Do Australia’s young sports stars need better education on how to handle pressure at the elite level?