Bernard Tomic has bombed out of his first round of Wimbledon, losing 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 to German Mischa Zverev in straight sets on Tuesday.
At the press conferences following the match Tomic said he was no longer inspired by the game, and no longer cared how he performed in grand slams.
“I don’t know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there, to be completely honest with you,” he said.
He suggested he would play tennis for another decade to earn money but beyond that he said he had little interest in trying to win matches.
“I feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore,” he said.
“It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round US Open or I lose first round. To me, everything is the same. You know, I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”
While only 24-years-old the Australian said he has already been to eight or nine Wimbledon tournaments and “it’s tough to find motivation”
“I believe you have to respect the sport, but I think I don’t respect it enough.”
See the press conference here:
Bernard Tomic lost in straights sets to Mischa Zverev
Then…there was this pic.twitter.com/B9gQB8L3rZ
— 7SportAU (@7SportAU) July 4, 2017
The stats from the match say it all: Tomic won 0% break points, had 23 unforced errors and there was no rally in the game beyond four shots.
Overall it was a horror first round for the Aussies with just one survivor from nine starters.
Russian-born qualifier Arina Rodionova fought off seven match points to beat 16th seed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 9-7, saving Australia from a humiliating first-round wipe-out.