Tuesday 22 August 2017 / 09:00 PM

BERNARD TOMIC CLEARLY GIVES UP IN MATCH VS FOGNINI, THEN REMINDS THE WORLD HE’S STILL A TOSS

Just when it seemed liked Bernard Tomic was maturing and getting his attitude in check, he makes everyone look like a fool for continuing to offer him chances.

The world number 22 was on the receiving end of a match point after trailing 6-2, 5-4 and 40-0 against Italian Fabio Fognini at the Madrid Open.

Tomic clearly gives up before the final point by holding his racquet the wrong way and doesn’t even attempt to play a shot.

This is the pathetic and childish behaviour we’re used to from Tomic, and we shouldn’t be surprised.

Australia is a proud sporting nation and our reputation around the world demonstrates that. We are perceived as that small country who shows a lot of heart and fights till the death – characteristics that Tomic clearly lacks.

The issue with Bernard’s latest outburst might be his most telling yet. While down 6-2, 5-4 and 40-0 the odds were agreeably stacked against him, but by no means was the game over, right?

If Tomic simply composes himself, he could have clawed his way back into the match. Win the next three points and boom, you’re in the contest with a chance to break Fognini, win the second set and then close it out.

Many athletes and teams have found themselves in tougher situations and still managed to escape with the victory.

  • Andre Agassi in the 2005 semi-final of the U.S. Open against James Blake
  • The North Queensland Cowboys in the 2015 NRL Grand Final
  • Ray Allen’s corner three in the 2013 NBA Finals
  • Roger Federer’s win over Juan Martin Del Potro in the 2012 French Open quarters
  • Federer’s 2005 defeat of Rafael Nadal at the Miami Masters Final

The list is endless.

I know what you’re thinking, Tomic’s sub-par ability doesn’t allow him to even be compared to most of the above names, and you’re right – but that’s the point, he never will be.

During the post match conference News Corp Australia asked Tomic about his bizarre behaviour on the final point, to which he answered:

“I don’t care about that match point. Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?”

What a toss.

If Tomic did all of Australia proud by playing with heart and didn’t come out with these toss-bag one-liners, does he realise he’d be 23 and worth $50 million?

Clearly not.

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