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'You're an embarrassment': Australian tennis greats lay into Bernard Tomic

'You're an embarrassment': Australian tennis greats lay into Bernard Tomic

"I just couldn't find any rhythm and wasn't mentally and physically there with my mental state to perform".

Delving into the factors behind his dismal performance against Zverev, which was berated by many Australian tennis fans on social media, Tomic said he simply felt no different emotions when winning or losing. You know, I've won titles in my career, and I've made finals.

"So I feel, you know, holding a trophy, or doing well - it doesn't satisfy me any more". "I think I have done it a lot in my career and I paid the price".

Twenty-three year old Jordan Thompson - who knocked Murray out of round one at Queens in a shock defeat, last month - also lost to Spanish 25th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) completing the mass-exodus of all Australian male's in this year's championships.

'I couldn't care less if I make a fourth-round or I lose first round. If you ask Roger if he'll do it, I'll do it. But, asked after the match why the trainer was called, he replied: 'I just thought I'd try to break a bit of momentum, to use that as my strategy, because I was just playing very bad and feeling bad out there'.

"So, you know, just trying to find something, you know, this is my 8th Wimbledon or 9th I think".

Tomic, whose career has stagnated since being touted as Australia's next grand slam winning hope, entered into a weird exchange with a reporter after being asked whether he would consider handing back his prize money. I'm going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won't have to work again'.

When asked in his post-match news conference if he should repay the money from his limp defeat, he replied: "We all work for money".

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'Well, if Roger and Novak, these guys will, no problem, ' he added.

Rasheed said that alone reflected exactly how much Tomic is putting into his game now. "Your effort generally rewards you".

"Not a lot of intensity there from Tomic", Woodbridge said.

He dropped serve for the first time soon after to concede the opening set before labouring on for several games until calling for treatment while trailing by a break and 4-3 in the second.

The never-too-far-from-controversy Aussie beat Mischa Zverev five days ago in Eastbourne then lost tamely to the German at Wimbledon in the first round. "You're an embarrassment to yourself, and not only to the sport but to Australian tennis", Stubbs said.

"He went straight into sabotaging himself and couldn't shovel fast enough".

"When you're returning it's important for you to get into their face at the other end of the court".

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