What Tomic said was actually true. No one could guarantee Federer would make the third round. Tomic was not sure he would make the third round himself. What he said was not disrespectful but was more his words taken out of context and made a headline. Who would think Nadal would not pass 2nd round in Wimbledon last year?
Maybe in theory, but in reality the last time Fed didn't make R3 at AO was 14 years ago. And the last time Fed didn't make R3 of any slam was 10 years ago. I'm far from being a Fed fan, but such consistency is pretty much mind-blowing. Of course, there's always first time for everything, but Tomic got both straight-setted and breadsticked, so I guess not this time
As I said earlier, he could've given comments in a milder way, like he did via his FB. But I strongly doubt it was smack talk from him. You are away, going to play against the home crowd and the favorite to win the tie. You know people don't like whiners. There was no motive for him to be like that, if the court construction hadn't been done so poorly. It's not like he complained because the court wasn't suitable for his play style. Taking a risk of getting injured is a big deal. I guess he felt the need to be forthright, so the Belgian organizers had to react to that. And they repaired the court as much as they could over the night accordingly. Nole showed genuine concern about the conditions and if they improve the situations, it's good for every player, not just for the Serbs. Really, such a remark from Goffin wasn't needed, especially if ITF indeed wasn't happy with the preparation, either.
Yea, good points all. If the court is dangerous, then the organizers deserve all the flack they get. The way Julien Benneteau got injured on court in MC last year was nothing short of frightening. And it's not like Belgium is some third world country who can't afford a proper court