TENNIS: Immaturity gets the better of Tomic

Deflated… Bernard Tomic after his second round loss Source: Mike Groll/ AAP

Bernard Tomic’s straight sets loss to Andy Roddick has highlighted the inconsistency and immaturity of his game. In front of a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium, Tomic looked overawed by the situation, as Roddick continues in his swansong Grand Slam. 

The 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 loss this morning at the US Open advances Roddick through to the third round while Tomic exits another grand slam event without firing any real shot.

It was a sheer display of dominance as Roddick finished the second round match in only 87 minutes as he dominated from the baseline and net. Roddick was able to convert 23 of 33 net points compared to Tomic’s insignificant 3 of 7.

“Andy was playing, I think, really good at the net, coming into the net. Every time I wanted to pass him, he ended up hitting a half-volley winner or a volley winner.”

Tomic’s only show of maturity from the night was his lack of excuses in the loss “the whole match was his way from start to finish pretty much.”

In a final set where Tomic only won 5 points and was wrapped up in 21 minutes, Roddick’s experience on the big stage shone through as an intimidated Tomic gave away 27 unforced errors.

“It is a different feeling playing on the backcourts than playing on the biggest stage in the world, biggest country in the world.”

The loss prompted American Tennis great and commentator John McEnroe to label Tomic’s performance as a “tank job” among other insults.

“This is a shame. You don’t like to see this. I like to see Andy win but, other than that, it is poor… a well-deserved beating.”

To the surprise of the media, Tomic didn’t disagree with McEnroe’s comments and continued to praise Roddick’s dominant performance.

However, when Australian tennis reporter Will Swanton tried to clarify the claims of tanking, Tomic went on the attack.

“Really? What do you think? That’s how I play. Do you have a problem with that?” and then went on to ask “What is your name?” to the journalist. Once the journalist had replied with his name and organisation, Tomic finished with one last attack “I’ll remember you.”

This recent act of immaturity adds to a growing list of stunts following his recent racket abuse at Wimbledon and his troubles driving the infamous BMW car back in January this year.


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