Australia’s Bernard Tomic has admitted to feeling “bored” with tennis after losing in Wimbledon.
Tomic’s 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 loss to Germany’s Mischa Zverev on Tuesday, along with the premature exits of Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson, left Australia with no men’s singles representatives at the second round.
In a press conference, Tomic said he “wasn’t mentally and physically there” at the court.
“It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round US Open or I lose first round,” said Tomic.
“I don’t know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there, to be completely honest with you. You know, I tried at the end and he managed to win that set 6-3 or 6-4, but it was too late.”
"I felt bored."
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) July 4, 2017
Tomic’s statement has received backlash from tennis greats. Nine-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova said the 24-year-old should quit.
“It’s disrespectful to the sport and disrespectful to the history of the sport. If you can’t get motivated at Wimbledon, it’s time to find another job,” said Navratilova.
“The spectators paid good money to come here and watch Wimbledon and the guy shows up and doesn’t try, he can’t be bothered. Just stay at home.”
Former Grand Slam winner Pat Cash said Tomic was hurting Australia’s legacy at the All England Club. “I don’t think Bernie by a long shot represents everybody, Australian players,” Cash told BBC. “A lot of ex-players are cringing, Aussies, especially the guys who started this pro circuit. We wouldn’t be here without these guys.”
Arina Rodionova became Australia’s only athlete who survived the first round after winning 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 9-7 against Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.