Earlier this month, when 24-year-old Bernard Tomic lost in the first round of Wimbledon, the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, he reflected, “I felt a little bored out there to be completely honest with you. You know, I tried at the end… but it was too late”.
During the press conference, he continued, “I believe you have to respect the sport, but I think I don’t respect it enough. I just believe playing many years on tour now has sort of taken a toll…”
It wasn’t the first time his comments, and his attitude more generally, have infuriated the Australian public.
At the time, nine-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova said, “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”.
Australia, undoubtedly, have several questions for Tomic. And on Sunday Night, presenter Melissa Doyle went some way towards asking them.
Perhaps the most controversial question, which unsurprisingly provoked the most controversial answer, was to do with why Tomic chooses to play tennis. When he seems so “bored” by the game – why play?
Doyle point blank asked the German-born tennis champion, “a
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