Known better for his bratty behaviour than his tennis skills, Aussie tennis star Bernard Tomic has now be labelled a dissapointment following his “tanking” during the US Open.
Beaten by fellow Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis in the qualifying match, the young gun, who has failed to gain himself a band of followers, was acused of once again not putting his best foot forward.
The 25-year-old has certainly been in the centre of the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons and The Australian‘s Sports Editor Wally Mason has had enough.
“We’ve said it before, but let’s say it again, perhaps a bit louder this time – Bernard Tomic is an embarrassment,” the editor wrote in his column.
Detailing Tomic’s spectacular fall from grace, Mason was not afraid to tell it as it is, slamming the tennis player for continuing to play a game that makes him look like a “nong”.
“Australia’s tennis fans – or at least, those long-suffering few of us who haven’t long ago given up subjecting themselves to the pain of watching him – can only cringe at the tanking,” he explained.
Tomic, although displaying clear talent in the early years hasn’t been shy in his apparent lack of love for the sport and disinterest in continuing.
This begs the question, why is he still playing?
Claiming the hot-headed player isn’t fighting to win anymore, Mason said it’s time for tennis fans to switch their attention to other Aussie’s who are giving it their all, such as Tomic’s conquerer Kokkinakis or Alex de Minaur and Ash Barty.
“The great heroes of modern Australian men’s tennis – Lleyton Hewitt, Pat Cash, Pat Rafter – might not have been the most talented players. But we loved them for their guts, for the fact they ran for every ball, fought to the end,” he exclaimed.
“Forget about Tomic.”
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