BERNARD Tomic's dream match-up with Andy Murray has been put on ice after the Australian bombed out of the French Open.
As Murray laboured with a back injury on centre court, Tomic blew a golden opportunity to set up the third-round clash he wanted with the Scot when he lost to Santiago Giraldo 6-4 6-1 6-3 in the second round last night.
"It always happens when you think of that match ahead of you. It comes back and bites you," Tomic said.
"That's why you've just got to focus on the players ahead of you and I knew today was going to be tough if I was going to win, but he actually played well and broke my momentum sort of and there wasn't really a lot I could do.
"My serve started collapsing and after that it was a one-way street for him after the second set."
Murray, who beat the Queenslander in the semi-finals on the way to winning the Brisbane International in January, kept up his end of the bargain.
He came back from a set down against Finn Jarkko Nieminen to win 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2.
Everything was in Tomic's favour before his match.
The No.25 seed had beaten Giraldo just a few weeks ago on clay in Rome and entered last night's encounter confident he could again defeat the Colombian, who is ranked 50th in the world.
But 32 unforced errors and an inability to make the most of his chances cost the 19-year-old Queenslander dearly.
Tomic had three opportunities to break Giraldo in the second game of the match but failed and then dropped his next service game.
After the Colombian easily won the eighth game for a 5-3 lead, a frustrated Tomic began talking to his racquet strings, asking "why?" and he later said the tension was "a bit off".
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While content with his progress on clay this season, Tomic was happy to leave the red dirt behind and head for greener pastures after bombing out with a flurry of unforced errors.
"I can't wait to get on the grass," the 2011 Wimbledon quarter-finalist said.
"It's now time for me to play well. I'm very confident on grass."
Tomic won seven matches on clay over the past two months - having only had one previous success in his entire three-year pro career - and is feeling upbeat before taking a week off and then warming up for a return to the All England Club with appearances at Eastbourne and Halle.
"Grass is my favourite surface and I believe this has helped me a lot, this claycourt run the last six weeks for my body," the 19-year-old said.
"I'm very, very fit now ... the one week I take off now and train for two weeks, I think when Wimbledon comes I'll be ready."
Tomic's exit from Roland Garros, though, meant he failed to live up to his 25th seeding and he will be under pressure to defend a bundle of rankings points at Wimbledon after his charge last year to the quarters.
The loss also dashed hopes of a third-round showdown in Paris with Andy Murray.
"It always happens when you think of that match ahead of you - it comes back and bites you," Tomic said.
"That's why you've just got to focus on the players ahead of you.
"I knew today was going to be tough if I was going to win, but he actually played well and broke my momentum sort of and there wasn't really a lot I could do."
He will go to trial over his driving charges November 5 and 6:
Bernard Tomic to fight driving charges, will appear in court in November (http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/bernard-tomic-to-fight-driving-charges-will-appear-in-court-in-november/story-e6freoof-1226384468131)
06-11-2012, 08:10 PM
Bidmeade answers Tomic’s call for help
VICTORIAN tennis player David Bidmeade got more than he bargained for while in Darwin competing at the SkyCity NT Open on Saturday — an invitation to travel to Germany to train with Aussie world number 32, Bernard Tomic.
Bidmeade, 28, was finally connected with Tomic’s father John, who is coach and manager of the rising tennis star, and he offered the Victorian a chance of a lifetime.
‘‘I spoke with John and he said they wanted me in Germany as early as possible and have booked me on a plane out of Melbourne,’’ Bidmeade said.
Bidmeade will be in Tomic’s corner for two grass court tournaments leading up to Wimbledon, between June 25 and July 8.
‘‘I’m not sure of precisely what my role will be, but I expect it will be hitting plenty of balls at practice, and accompanying Bernard during fitness sessions.’’
06-11-2012, 11:46 PM
Bidmeade answers Tomic’s call for help
That's strange...I wonder why they wanted this guy in particular for training and hitting sessions...
06-12-2012, 04:59 AM
He's reached a career high ranking of 27! That should help with a Wimbledon seeding...
Young gun Bernard Tomic is in doubt for Wimbledon as he continues to battle a virus he has carried since exiting the French Open last week.
The Australian teenager played at Roland Garros for the first time as a seed in a Grand Slam before crashing out in the second round.
But the All England Club has been kinder to Tomic who become the youngest player since Boris Becker to reach the quarter-finals there last year, before losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
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However his 2012 campaign is now in doubt after he was forced to withdraw from his opening round match again Tommy Haas at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany blaming illness.
Tomic withdrew trailing 5-2 in the first set.
Wimbledon starts on June 25.
06-14-2012, 01:50 AM
Tomic all set for Wimbledon
Bernard Tomic’s much anticipated return to Wimbledon is on track despite reports suggesting he may withdraw.
Tomic retired from his first-round match against Tommy Haas at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle on Tuesday citing an abdominal disorder.
Despite this, Tomic has totally dismissed speculation that his Wimbledon campaign may be in doubt, explaining that he simply suffered some bad stomach cramps and is expected to play in Eastbourne followed by Wimbledon.
The AEGON International in Eastbourne begins on 17 June. Wimbledon begins on 25 June.
A very, very long feature article on Bernard in this week's The Weekend Australian Magazine but an excellent read:
BY: CHIP LE GRAND From: The Australian June 16, 2012 12:00AM
JUST don't get Bernard Tomic started about cars. Not that car; any car. As he warns from the outset, once he gets on a roll he can talk the wheels off a Range Rover.
He is hardly the first young bloke to develop an automotive obsession but the thing that sets Tomic apart is that at just 19, he can afford the latest marque from any showroom floor. The only thing stopping him is his job. "It is too tough for a tennis player," he explains. "You don't have time - you are travelling and the tour is so long. You are never there. It is just a waste. One day in the future, hopefully, I will have a few."
Tomic runs through the models he likes, the ones he doesn't and the one that really turns his crank; his latest dream car. The bright orange Beamer that caused so much consternation with the Gold Coast police last summer has disappeared both from the Tomic family garage and Bernard's thinking. Tomic now spends as much time in his Monte Carlo apartment as his parents' house and his new surrounds have exposed him to another level of four-wheel indulgence. "Right now, I would love to have ... it would have to be a good Rolls-Royce convertible," he says. For the hottest young player in world tennis it seems a little fogeyish, the idea of him behind the wheel of something so stately, so staid. But as Tomic says, his tastes have matured since he was a suburban kid with Ferrari fantasies. In his own way, it sounds like Bernard Tomic is growing up. But enough about cars.
Tomic shifts to get comfortable in a chair in the players' lounge in Madrid's Caja Magica tennis venue, a gigantic, galvanised steel cube that rises incongruously from the flat expanses of the city's southern boondocks. He's here for the Madrid Masters, one of the big clay court tournaments leading into the French Open. For the first time, Tomic has signed up for a full European season on his least favoured surface. It is a six-week slog that takes him from Monte Carlo to Barcelona, Munich, Madrid, Rome and Paris before he knocks the brick dust from his shoes and returns to Wimbledon, where last year he reached the quarter-finals - becoming the youngest player to make the last eight since Boris Becker retained his title in 1986.
Tomic isn't scheduled to play a match today. Instead, he has spent an hour or so on a practice court and as much time stretching and working in the gym. He practises against Ivan Navarro, a thick-legged Spaniard who earns his living mostly on the doubles tour. As he torments Navarro for a set, Tomic's London-based manager, Fraser Wright, points out the improvements since January, when we watched Tomic's run through the Australian Open: stronger legs delivering more power in the serve, a more muscled right arm capable of cracking a bigger forehand. Tomic is more man than boy now, his official height 193cm, his shoulders broadening and his voice deep. Yet he is still at heart a kid playing his favourite game. When Navarro queries whether a serve was in or out, Tomic shrugs his shoulders. "Who cares?" he says with a grin. "I'll ace you with this one ... "
Tomic's father and coach, John, has returned to the Gold Coast for a few days so Wright, a former player and coach, is in charge of the details; ensuring Tomic practises and eats the right food at the right time, that he keeps up his gym work and gets enough sleep. After a massage and a meal - one of four he'll sit down to for the day - Tomic is at ease, his loose limbs wrapped in the folds of a bright blue tracksuit. As players come and go from the lounge he talks expansively about family and tennis. About being the family business.
The official Tomic story starts with a made-for-TV moment where a seven-year-old goes to a garage sale with 50 cents in his pocket and buys his first tennis racquet. This is the story Tomic will get asked about on breakfast television in the UK if he wins Wimbledon, or by US talk-show hosts if he wins at Flushing Meadows. The more complicated version begins with a migrant family discovering their son has a rare talent. It is a talent that promises all of them a life beyond what could ever be provided by dad John Tomic driving taxis, and mum Ady working as a biomedical scientist. Coaching Bernard will soon become John's full-time job, while Ady will study and work to tie things over until their son makes it big. Tomic's younger sister Sara, now an emerging tennis player in her own right, will get used to Bernard and her father being away for weeks overseas. The one thing that isn't discussed is what happens if Bernard doesn't make it.
"She would massage me after I played tennis," Tomic says of his mother, who didn't speak a word of English when she arrived in Australia in 1996 with John and three-year-old Bernard from Germany (where John and Ady had settled after leaving Croatia). "She would sleep during the day and study at night and work. My father was a taxi driver and then he stopped and was helping me and playing tennis with me and coaching me. That is where it all started. I can only dream of the things I can have one day after my career. It is funny how you start from nothing, to be like one of the guys now at the top who can have almost anything in the world. That is when you make it in life; when you start from something not as big and you make it."
There was little money to spare in those early days on the Gold Coast but John Tomic had a talent for making a dollar stretch. If Bernard's smartest purchase was a second-hand racquet, John's was a $100 used photocopier, with which he made duplicates of every book about tennis, coaching and sport he could find at public libraries from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. If you visit the Tomic household you can still see the copied books neatly shelved and sorted according to information about forehands, backhands and broader coaching philosophies. Most have highlighted passages and dog-eared pages. "We didn't have enough money to buy books," says John. "But if I want to go to Everest, I have to ask somebody what is the best way."
What no one can explain is why, within weeks of picking up his first racquet, Bernard Tomic was able to walk into a local tournament on the Gold Coast and beat older kids, some of whom had been coached for several years. As he kept on beating them, up and down the Gold Coast and then across Queensland, it was a question that started to tug at the tempers of other kids and their parents and coaches. Tomic didn't hit as hard as other players. He didn't bombard them with his serve or overpower them with his forehand. Yet he was a nightmare to play against. By the age of 11, he had beaten the best Queensland and Australia had to offer and travelled to Florida, where he won the first of an unprecedented three Orange Bowl titles, a tournament for the world's most precocious talent. By 13, he had sponsors to his name and a contract with the International Management Group. Shortly after his 15th birthday, he became the youngest player in history to win the Australian Open boys' singles title. By 16 Tomic had leapt into full view, pictured in an airborne pose in ESPN magazine's "Next" edition, a perennial dedicated to picking tomorrow's sports stars. Beneath the picture he is quoted in Schwarzenegger deadpan: "I like playing older guys. They have more to lose."
All the while, John Tomic was firmly in charge; overseeing the development of Tomic's game, deciding when and where he would play, setting goals, seeking advice. He arranged with the principal at The Southport School for his son to finish classes early so he could get to practice. He'd pick Bernard up and make sure he ate something on the short drive between school and the courts. The conversation was not what the youngster had learnt that day, but what he needed to learn that afternoon. After practice, John Tomic would devour the latest books he'd copied until the early hours of the morning. In one of those books he came across a quote from Henry Ford that has stayed with him: "The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience and ability."
"It has been a whole ride for me, but why I have gotten to where I am today is definitely because of my dad," says Bernard. "He was there from the start to help me. I wouldn't even be playing tennis if he didn't help me. He would wake me up to play and train and travel. A lot of players stop at a young age. My dad was very strict. He is a great guy and a great father but he is a very disciplined guy. That is the way it should be, I think. You don't get to the top if you are easy and relaxed and everything is all right."
No one could accuse John Tomic of being an easy man. Craig Tiley remembers the first time he spoke to him. It was seven years ago and Tiley had just been appointed director of player development at Tennis Australia. The conversation was over the phone and difficult. Bernard, at age 12, was playing overseas on a Tennis Australia-funded trip and John Tomic was travelling with him. Tiley can't recall what John had said or done, only that he had behaved badly enough to warrant the phone call. It wouldn't be the last time. Tiley told him that he could no longer stay with Bernard and that he had to go home immediately, at his own expense. Tiley then booked a flight from Melbourne to the Gold Coast to meet the man who had already developed a fearsome reputation within the corridors of Tennis Australia.
Now Tennis Australia's director of tennis, Tiley is fresh from a boardroom meeting when he sits down with The Weekend Australian Magazine to talk Tomic. Tennis Australia is an organisation with grand ambitions, not the least of which is a $366 million redevelopment of the Melbourne Park precinct which each year for the two weeks of the Australian Open becomes the centre of world tennis and the national sporting psyche. As for what Australian tennis might achieve on the court - winning slams, the Davis Cup - no player, not even reigning US Open champion Sam Stosur, is as central to the plan as Tomic. This is why, whenever John Tomic calls or sends a text message at 3am from some tournament somewhere in the world, Tiley will always take it.
"The first thing he always asks is, 'How's your family?'" Tiley says. "Then if we have a crap thing to deal with we get that part of the conversation out of the way and then we go right to it. Other parents I deal with are just rude. They just pick up the phone and start screaming down the line. John screams, but it is just his passion and desire to have success.
"I have never supported John's behaviour or Bernard's behaviour when it is not satisfactory and he has been disciplined. He has a track history of being disciplined. However, they have always responded, always apologised when they were supposed to. Remember, Bernard is looked at more critically than anyone else. One, because he is now our best player; two, because he is one of the best young players in the world; and three, because he loves the limelight. That is why he is so good. He is just enthralled by that. John is more about getting the business done, getting results. I think in many cases there has been a misunderstanding. A misunderstanding of John, a misunderstanding of Bernard and a misunderstanding of how they go about their business."
The essential rule to understanding Team Tomic is this: John Tomic will not accept any situation where he believes Bernard is not being given his due. He says the reason he was sent home from that overseas trip is that he suspected the Tennis Australia coach in charge was favouring two kids at Bernard's expense - and he let his feelings be known. He is neither apologetic nor embarrassed about it. "When you see something that doesn't work for your kid you have to react. You have to say, 'Look, I am not happy with this.'"
John Tomic, who still speaks in thick Balkan tones, says there are times when he isn't well understood by Australia's predominantly anglo tennis officialdom. "If I am talking a little bit loudly and talking with my hands, people think I am abusing somebody. That is not true. This is my culture. It is natural." But there is one thing about him that should be clear by now: he says what he thinks. "There are people who sometimes don't like what I say because I say always what I feel and I don't have nothing in the pocket that I hide. That is me. It is hard to change your heart."
This is why, five months on, his still finds his voice rising in anger when asked about the events of last summer, when Bernard was pulled over three times in an afternoon by Queensland Police for allegedly breaching the conditions of the restricted licence he had been granted to drive his high-powered BMW M3, a car normally off limits to drivers of his age. It was the last week of January and the sweat had barely dried on Tomic from his star turn at the Australian Open. Where many Australians were previously unsure what to make of Tomic, this was the tournament where we'd gotten to know his courtside quirks and, if crowd and television figures were any guide, decided the kid was OK. At Melbourne Park, the buzz was all about Bernie.
Yet back on the Gold Coast, it was no happy homecoming. Police had tailed Tomic home, alleging he'd failed to stop when they tried to pull him over. Tomic locked himself in the house, TV cameras soon arrived to film the suburban stand-off. John Tomic knows his son isn't without fault but he still can't understand what he did to attract the attention of the cops and national media for several days in a row. "If Bernard was drunk or Bernard was speeding or Bernard passed a red light, pull him up," John Tomic says. "But he didn't do nothing. Bernard was at the light, with his friends, waiting for it to turn green." In the saga that ensued, Tomic was charged with minor traffic offences and sold his Beamer at auction. He'll return to the Gold Coast in November to fight the charges arising from the incident.
There have been a series of well documented blow-ups between John Tomic and tennis officials that evoke the stereotype of an ugly tennis parent. The common thread is that, whenever he suspects his son is being cheated, he refuses to stand idly by: dragging his son off court from a suburban tournament in Perth in 2008, when the umpire failed to foot-fault his opponent; rounding on Tiley and Tennis Australia in 2010 for scheduling 17-year-old Bernard to play late at night at the Australian Open. "He still thinks it is my fault that Bernard lost the match," Tiley says. "He will never forgive me for that." Bernard Tomic's comments about the "ridiculous" scheduling of the 2010 night match earned him a public rebuke from Tiley. His decision to forfeit the match in Perth triggered disciplinary proceedings that jeopardised his place in the following year's Australian Open.
Having dealt with John Tomic over a long period of time, Tiley believes he is driven by method rather than madness. For years, Tiley had been quietly encouraging John to bring in another coach and accept a reduced role in Team Tomic. Now, he is convinced the best thing for Bernard is for John to continue as coach for as long as Bernard plays. Only John Tomic can get the best out of his son, he says. On both these points, Bernard fully agrees. He says the public stereotype of his father as a track-suited ogre is hurtful and wrong.
"No one knows him like I do," he says. "I love him for who he is and what he has done. I always will. You see criticism of your father and how this is not working - how are you going to deal with that? I read the papers and see it and sometimes it is funny, that is what people actually think. Dad is a very different guy when you actually meet him. To me, he is a great guy, a great person."
What we see or read about John and Bernard Tomic is sometimes no more than father and son having a moment. You might have seen YouTube footage of Bernard, in the middle of a difficult match in Miami recently, imploring the chair umpire to do something about his father, who was shown glowering in the stands. "He's annoying - I know he is my father but he is annoying me," Tomic is heard complaining. "I want him to leave, but how is that possible?" In the days that followed, speculation swirled over whether the relationship between father and son was fraying and whether Tomic would soon be seeking a new coach. Tomic explains it was nothing of the sort and had nothing to do with tennis. "That was like, 'Get out of my room, dad.' It wasn't telling your coach to go away. Nobody really knows what happened that day."
Like most father and son flare-ups, there is a back story to what happened in Miami. Earlier that day, at a time when Tomic should have been preparing to play a big match against David Ferrer, one of the world's top players, he had discovered that his hitting partner had come to work without any racquets. Tomic was annoyed but knew his father would be furious, so instead of warming up for the match Tomic was complicit in a Fawlty Towers-style cover-up to keep the absence of racquets and the ashen-faced hitting partner out of his father's view. John Tomic is nobody's fool and made his feelings known in the look he was sending Bernard from the stands. Here in Madrid several weeks later, it is a story that is 20 minutes in the telling, which is perhaps why Bernard Tomic's tongue-tied attempt to explain things at a press conference immediately after the match clouded rather than clarified matters. What this episode tells us about the 19-year-old is unremarkable; he is now at an age where he will occasionally push back against his father. "I thought, there is what happens behind the scenes the whole time, you just saw it publicly," Tiley says. "Bernard lets a lot of John's stuff go past him but once it annoys him, he goes in."
Neil Guiney has seen this side of Bernard too. Guiney turned 80 this year and has been coaching tennis since he was Bernard's age. Guiney remembers that when John Tomic first brought his seven-year-old son Bernard for a lesson, "you couldn't get a hat small enough to put on him". In contrast, John was large, emotional, and highly ambitious. "It was the very strict father and generally compliant son - it had to be," Guiney says. "It was a strong regime, John really was the boss." John Tomic sought out Guiney after another player he coached caught his eye at a junior tournament. It was a relationship that lasted for 10 years, one Guiney broke off more than once when his frustrations with Team Tomic, or theirs with him, boiled over. "John wanted to get into the action all the time. I used to lock him out of the courts when we started. I would try to get him to go shopping. He jumped the fence. I'd say, 'John, John, no, you have got to stay out, it is just a rule I have.' John is the only parent who has managed to get past this rule."
Each time Guiney quit Team Tomic, he would soon get a phone call from John coaxing him along to Bernard's next session. The last time Guiney worked with Bernard, in the lead-up to the 2010 Australian Open, he noticed a change. For starters, it was Bernard who invited him, rather than John. For the next few weeks they worked almost daily on repairing a weakness in his game. "Bernard was starting to have his own voice," Guiney says. "He would challenge things that John would want. It is what happens to all families." Without being asked by the coach, John spent less and less time on the practice court, leaving his son at work.
"They are more like brothers than father and son in lots of ways," Guiney reflects. "Most of the time they get on very well. John is still the boss but eventually, John is going to let go or Bernard is going to say, 'Listen Dad, I think I need to travel by myself.' I don't know if that would ever happen. Bernard has a good sense of humour and thank God he has. One of the reasons Bernard competes so well and keeps his calm is this tough upbringing. He had to put up with a lot in the way of discipline and schedules and John's personality. John can be smooth as silk but he can be very changeable. And you never know when it is going to happen."
John Tomic knows that in the intense environment of the professional tennis tour he needs to carefully manage his relationship with Bernard. When he was home on the Gold Coast recently he sought out legendary NRL coach Wayne Bennett for advice. Bennett said it was a hard job being both father and coach and he would need to find a balance between the two roles. John Tomic admits that finding that balance is difficult. "Off the court, he [Bernard] has his life, he is deciding lots of things," he says. "On the court, on the business, I am still trying to do discipline. Sometimes it is very hard but we both understand each other. When I see that I am a little bit hard I have to step back and let him decide. He is now turning himself into a man." And yes, John can see a time when he will no longer need to travel with Bernard. "In two years, when I hope he makes his target, I will take a step back. But now, he is still growing up."
There is no player in tennis quite like Bernard Tomic. In an era when top-100 players are mass produced from the tennis academies of Europe and the US, each equipped with a similar game and schooled with the same coaching philosophies, Tomic appears an outlier; a home-grown, idiosyncratic talent who would rather befuddle an opponent than blast him off the court. Tomic likes being different. The aim of his game it not to win but make the other guy lose. He loves being hard to play against, revels in the confusion he creates by draining the pace from a back court rally. He is the handbrake you've forgotten until you are halfway down to the shops; the hot drink prepared for a thirsty man. His job is to know exactly what you want and give you something else.
"My game is strange, a lot of people say, but it works out well," he says. "A lot of players don't like it and I can force a lot of errors out of them. That is what you want. You want the other guy to miss. When you get me out wide or hit a good shot, I will always give you the ball that you don't want. It makes them think, 'What's this?' That is why I think I get away with a lot of cheap shots. They are not as hard or powerful but they make them miss. Sometimes you don't have to win a point by hitting it hard. That is what I believe. You have to hit it where he doesn't like." Neil Guiney laughs down the phone line as he hears his essential coaching philosophy echoed in Tomic's words. "That is exactly right."
Todd Woodbridge first got to see Tomic's game up close three years ago when he travelled to New York with him for the US Open juniors. He has since coached him in Davis Cup, and now coaches for Tennis Australia. He says he has never known a player who can talk through exactly how he is going to win a point like Tomic. In an increasingly physical game, Tomic's greatest strength is how he out-thinks the bloke on the other side of the net. Added to this is what Woodbridge calls "old-fashioned flair" - a preparedness to take a chance on a shot less likely and occasionally, something that hasn't been tried before.
"There are parts of tennis I'm sure Bernard doesn't like," Woodbridge says. "The part of tennis Bernard likes is creating things on court. He loves coming up with a new shot. He loves saying, 'Did you see what I did with that ball?' That is the joy that tennis gives him. There is a shot he hits that I have never seen anyone else hit. It is a soft, inside-out forehand that almost looks like a drop shot but it is not. He looks like he is going to drive it but he pushes it across court and it fades away really low. That is his shot. He believes he owns that shot and he does, because it is his own creation."
The only thing Tomic is missing is a snappy name for his shot. From here on, it will be known as Bernard's Bluff. If you think Tomic can talk cars, just ask him about his shot. It is his favourite toy; his most precious keepsake. And he swears that in all the times he has played his bluff, only one player has ever hit a clean winner from it: Albert Montanes, earlier this year in Barcelona. "He has somehow clipped an angle winner," Tomic says. "I mean, one player has got a winner out of it. I remember exactly every time I hit that shot." For anyone who hasn't seen the shot, just wait for Wimbledon. "On grass, it is impossible once it goes over to get it because it gets there quick and the player doesn't read it. It is a weapon of mine, it really adds."
Tomic says he developed the shot absentmindedly, on the long hours he spent facing a ball machine fed by his father. When John Tomic wanted to stop to tell him something, Bernard would play his dinky little forehand to stop the ball dead. He now says he has a backhand version in production, which will be ready for selective release in time for next year's Australian Open.
Guiney is pleased but laments the short memories that abound in tennis. He points out that most of the great players in Australia's golden era of tennis in the 1950s and 1960s had a version of Bernard's Bluff. "It is something all these players ought to do," Guiney says. "If Bernard is unorthodox, it is because he has got more variety in this game than a lot of those other players. I call Bernard's game orthodox." John Tomic calls Guiney the best coach in the world. Guiney laughs at this, saying John is prone to exaggeration.
On the day we are talking, Tomic's deft hands and conjurer's tricks have moved him up the world rankings to 31, a spot that guarantees him a seed for the French Open (where he'll crash out in the second round). He has picked up a few more places in the countdown to Wimbledon (at the time of going to press he was ranked 29) but there is only one position he is interested in. Men's tennis is governed by three extraordinary talents in Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who between them have won every grand slam tournament but one for the past seven years. There is a commotion downstairs in the players' restaurant and we turn to watch the arrival of Djokovic, the world's No.1 player. A glad-hand of suits gathers around him, fussing, gesticulating, ushering him through. Despite the absurd attention, Djokovic merely smiles, nods, his back ramrod straight, his tennis gear clinging to his lean frame.
Tomic knows he can't bluff his way to where Djokovic is. He needs to toy less with his opponents and develop a ruthless, strike-first approach. After Tomic took a set off Djokovic in their quarter-final at Wimbledon last year, Djokovic marvelled at how cool the young Australian was in the hottest moments. The flipside is that against opponents he should easily beat, Tomic's game can turn stone cold. These are the times when Tomic, like the rest of us, gets bored at work. "It can cost you," Tomic says. "You have got to find - I have got to find - that level of always playing good."
Tomic looks at his watch and is surprised he has been talking for an hour and a half. It is the longest he has spent in an interview and as long as he usually likes to spend in the players' lounge, where the conversation too often turns on ranking points and racquets and who's coaching who and, well, tennis. In a remark that gives you an idea of the challenge John Tomic has ahead of him, Tomic says he can't be expected to play his best tennis if he is not having fun. That means time away from the game, whether it is spent looking up the latest car on the internet or his next girlfriend among his text messages. Does he enjoy fame? It is one of the few questions Tomic meets with a rote answer, saying that it is new, he is handling it well, that he has a lot to learn. Tiley has no doubt. "He likes talking tennis, he likes talking teenage stuff, and he likes being famous."
To help you decide, here's a little story from a few years ago, at the same Perth tournament where Tomic was pulled off court by his father. Unable to find a warm-up court where the tournament was being played in Sorrento, Tomic and his father drove to a neighbouring club at North Beach. A local coach who was running a practice session at the time takes up the story: "I was coaching on one of the courts and he saw a girl who I coached. She was quite a young, attractive kind of girl. He caught her eye and then got a tennis ball and put his name and phone number on the ball and bounced it to her. He wasn't lacking any confidence, that's for sure." In case you are wondering, she called.
Winning the Davis Cup is as important to Bernard Tomic as a grand slam title
BERNARD Tomic has declared Australia will beat Germany and return to its rightful place in the Davis Cup World Group when the two nations meet this year in a playoff tie in Hamburg.
Tomic, Australia's leading men's player, told The Weekend Australian Magazine that winning the Davis Cup now ranked as highly on his list of career goals as winning a major tournament. Tomic said he wanted to emulate Lleyton Hewitt by producing his best in Davis Cup.
"As much as I want to win a slam, I want to win for Australia as a team in the next two to three years," Tomic said.
"I hope Lleyton plays the next Davis Cup tie in Germany. I think he will. I need him there on my side to beat these boys. This is our chance. Last year we went down by a game at nightfall to get back into the group. Everyone in the team knows we belong in the World Group and this is our spot, even if it is on clay, to get back and to win."
Hewitt brought forward his scheduled return from radical foot surgery by a month to play at least one match on the red clay of Roland Garros, in part as preparation for the tie against Germany in September. Notwithstanding further injuries, he is a certain starter in Hamburg, where the German team will rely heavily on its top-ranked singles player Florian Mayer.
Tomic said he had embraced previous criticism from Australia captain Pat Rafter and coach Tony Roche about needing to work harder when in Davis Cup camp. Former Davis Cup coach Todd Woodbridge said it also was part of Rafter's job to tailor his approach to Tomic.
"It has always been that way," Woodbridge said. "The captain's role is to get the best players on the court, the best team for Australia, to get a victory. The team revolves around who the best player to get on the court is."
Tomic said Australia's Davis Cup prospects would continue to build as Matt Ebden moved into the world's top 50 and Marinko Matosevic, who is ranked inside the top 100, kept improving.
"Lleyton has won those slams but he has told me that Davis Cup, when it has come along for him, he has played almost two times better than he has ever played," Tomic said. "I want to play my best tennis in the Davis Cup. I have got those boys and the team pushing me. You are not going to win a Davis Cup on your own. You need a team of people and you need the captain there and you need the right choices of who is playing.
"I think we have got a great shot in September. I think we are going to win. We are going to beat them to get back into the World Group."
Having negotiated his first full season on the clay courts of Europe and improved his world ranking to inside the best 30 players, Tomic is entering the most intense phase of the tennis year. Next Monday he will return to Wimbledon, where his dramatic run through to last year's quarter-final against eventual winner Novak Djokovic announced his arrival as the most prodigious young talent. Then it is on to the Olympics, the US Open and Hamburg -- all within three months.
Tomic defaulted his first match of the grass-court season this week because of injury, but his camp said it was nothing more serious than a case of stomach cramps and he would take his place in next week's draw at Eastbourne to complete his Wimbledon preparation.
Tomic says he has changed his attitude since the loss to Switzerland in Sydney last September, after which Rafter criticised him for his poor work ethic. And Rafter has since changed his assessment of Tomic.
"I love having him there," he said of Rafter. "He is a great champion. He is someone I looked up to growing up. He had things to say and I agree with that. You take his advice to be better next time."
06-18-2012, 02:26 AM
Bernard Tomic is "all systems go" for his last chance to showcase his grasscourt credentials before Wimbledon officials announce their seedings on Wednesday.
After enjoying a first-round bye, fourth-seeded Tomic will play either Italian Fabio Fognini or Spaniard Albert Ramos on Tuesday in the Wimbledon warm-up event at Eastbourne.
It will be Tomic's first outing since withdrawing midway through his tournament opener at Halle last week with stomach cramps when making his grasscourt season start.
Team Tomic said the exciting youngster was "all systems go and ready for Eastbourne".
"He's really looking forward to getting stuck into the grass season," Tomic's manager Fraser Wright said on Sunday.
"It really complements his style and allows him to play his game."
ON THE RISE... BERNARD TOMIC
by Simon Cambers | 18.06.2012
Twelve months ago, a tall, gangly 18 year old arrived at Wimbledon with a bundle of talent, a burgeoning reputation at home but a ranking of 158, still unproven on the biggest stage. Seven matches later and Australia was hailing a new hero.
Having come through the notoriously difficult qualifying competition, which is played at a different venue to The Championships, an undaunted Tomic set about ripping up the form book with wins over Nikolay Davydenko, Igor Andreev, Robin Soderling and Xavier Malisse. As the youngest quarter-finalist at Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 1986, Tomic then took a set off Novak Djokovic and pushed the eventual champion hard in the fourth set before finally running out of steam.
“He uses the pace fantastically,” Djokovic said at the time. “You can see he feels really comfortable on the court. Obviously what he lacks a little bit more is that experience. But it comes with the time. I'm sure if he continues this way, he's going to be a top player very soon.”
The World No. 1 is clearly a good judge of a player because 12 months on, Tomic will go into Wimbledon as an established player inside the world’s Top 30. A run to the last 16 at the Australian Open was more evidence that though still a teenager, he relishes the big occasion. He is already a big-time player.
When Pat Rafter retired in 2002, Australia was fortunate enough to have a ready-made replacement in Lleyton Hewitt, who was already World No. 1 at the time. With Hewitt nearing the end of his career, the search has been on for his successor and the interest in Tomic has been understandably intense.
For a 19 year old, Tomic does a good job of handling everything that gets thrown at him. Popular with the other players on the ATP World Tour, he recently put his orange sports car up for sale, another sign of his growing maturity. Having dominated the sport in the 1950s and 1960s, Australia are pinning their hopes on him, a pressure that would be difficult for anyone to cope with.
“It was a bit (tough) last year,” Tomic said, as he relaxed at the Monte Carlo Country Club, now his local tennis club after a recent move to make the principality his base. “I had a little bit of pressure the last year but not so much now. I’ve learnt to relax and just play tennis. I think when you play pressure tennis, and you think too much, you don’t play good. For me, when I relax I play my best tennis.”
His best tennis is pretty impressive. Just ask Roger Federer, who ended his run in Australia this year with a clinical performance but who saw enough to know that he is likely to be around a lot more in the years to come.
“He’s very good,” Federer said. “Obviously now it’s about keeping it up time and time again, also when he is playing on the smaller courts. But so far he’s handled expectations really well and he’s improved a lot since last year. There’s much more that’s going to come the Australian way, I would say.”
In an era when Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Federer and Andy Murray have pushed the standards of baseline tennis to a new high, the arrival of Tomic has been a breath of fresh air. His technique probably wouldn’t make it into your average coaching manual but that is what sets him apart. He can hit every shot and then some you would not even think of, while he is almost single-handedly bringing the sliced forehand back into fashion. His hand-eye coordination is incredible and he loves nothing more than to change the pace, which unsettles even the best of opponents.
Born in Stuttgart and raised in Australia from the age of three-and-a-half, most of his guidance has been done by his father, John. But the most remarkable thing of all is that his style of play is innate. “When you’re young I think it’s all about how you develop, how you play the game,” he said. “You’ve got to have your own sense. No one taught me how to play. I kind of taught myself and became good at it.
“I am lucky, I have a quick sense and understand the court and understand tennis. I know how to pick up these weaknesses. If you look at the guys, 80 to 90 per cent of the Tour is exactly the same. That’s why they struggle against my game because I take a bit of the normal out of tennis.
“Every day I am learning to play new shots, new positions on court and how to hit. When I started at 7 or 8, until 15, I learnt a lot. But from 15 to now, in three, four years, I have learnt so much and imagine how I will be in another two years. I’m ready for this challenge. It’s going to be interesting. I have a good career ahead of me, if I stay healthy. You can’t play if you’re not healthy – we may as well go to the beach.”
The good thing about Tomic is that he knows he is far from the finished article and is willing to work at it. At 6ft 4in (1.93m) he believes he has stopped growing and for his height he moves well. But if he is going to make that next step up towards the very top, he appreciates he has to work as hard, if not harder than the rest.
“If you look at the top three, four in the world, their bodies are among the best,” he said. “They can endure the most out of the year and they are competing in every tournament they play, making the semis or more. To become that good a player you need to be the right athlete. I have to be disciplined. Talent is one thing but work beats talent.”
There is no doubt that Tomic has the game to excel on all surfaces, particularly as he matures and grows in strength and experience. It is on grass, though, where he really excels. His serve is good enough to win plenty of free points and none of the big names want to see him in their section of the draw. With the Olympics also to be played at Wimbledon this year, three weeks after The Championships, Tomic has two opportunities to really make a name for himself. It is a challenge he is looking forward to and one that you get the feeling he really believes he can accomplish.
“It’s my all-time, all career favourite, Wimbledon,” he said. “A lot of players don’t like playing me and the grass surface is perfect for that. I love the ball low, so it’s not a problem for me. Maybe I can do even better than last year.
“And the Olympics, it’s anyone’s dream to play the Olympics. It’s a huge tournament. Every player is there, Roger and Rafa, all of us. I have those two big tournaments to look forward to, Wimbledon and the Olympics and I’m ready for this year for Wimbledon to step up and have a good one, a better one.”
Scud says Tomic needs to ramp up serve
June 20, 2012 - 12:59PM
Former finalist Mark Philippoussis fears Bernard Tomic lacks the serving firepower to be a realistic hope of breaking Australia's 10-year Wimbledon title drought.
Tomic last year became the youngest men's quarter-finalist at the All England Club since Boris Becker in 1985 and he'll be seeded at the grasscourt grand slam for the first time when it gets underway on Monday.
Philippoussis, runner-up to Roger Federer in 2003, has high hopes for the 19-year-old.
But Tomic has yet to conquer Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic - who have shared the past nine titles at Wimbledon - and Philippoussis says his teenage countryman will continue to struggle against the top dogs until he develops a more explosive serve.
"He's 6'4", 6'5" - he's got to have a bigger serve. He needs to have free points out there," Philippoussis told AAP.
"You can't wait for someone to miss because these guys just don't miss anymore. So you need to have weapons to hurt people and to get out of tough situations instead of grinding out of a point.
"He's got a good serve, but it's kind of a tricky serve. He paints the corners well, but he just needs to be a bigger server.
"There's no reason why he shouldn't be because he's a big guy. He just doesn't utilise his body and his size at all on his serve, from what I see."
Nicknamed Scud for his own missile-like delivery, Philippoussis said there was no doubting Tomic's immense talent.
"He's a little unconventional, which is good," he said.
"He's a great counter-puncher. He's very mature with the way he reads the game - he understands the game - and Wimbledon is one of his best surfaces for sure because of the way he plays.
"But he's still young and there's a couple of things that are very, very important for him to address for him to get to that top 10, top five, where he wants to go."
Philippoussis is keen to see how the world No.27 copes with having to defend a substantial number of rankings points from making the quarter-finals last year as an unseeded outsider.
"He's never done anything like that before," he said.
"It's different when no one expects you to do well coming into a grand slam and then you do well and it's also different when you've done well and then you know you've got to defend some points.
"So it will be interesting to see how he handles that - but he's very talented and has a great game. His groundstrokes are great."
I actually dont think Bernie needs a massive serve to win Wimbledon even this year, i think he has the tennis smarts way above the level of what the poo ever had as well as some other big serves on the court today, obviously it would be handy if he had a bigger serve but i dont think he needs it, i reckon he can beat Nadal, Djokovic and Murray on the grass but i dont believe he can beat Roger just yet, i hope he gets a fairly easy draw and maybe Murray or Ferrer in his 16!
06-20-2012, 07:21 PM
Tomic bombs out at Eastbourne
June 21, 2012 - 4:29AM
Tomic looked to be cruising at a set up and having the Italian love-40 on serve in the second game of the second set and admitted he didn't know himself quite how he blew it.
"I said to myself after the match 'what exactly happened?'" Tomic said.
"I was that far ahead in the second and the third and then losing it, it's a tough feeling.
"I'm just happy that it happened here and not next week.
"It was disappointing. But he was the better player today."
His surprise defeat came in his return match after retiring with stomach cramps at 5-2 down against Tommy Haas in the opening round at Halle last week.
"I played a few bad points when I didn't need to and he played well and there's not really much more I can do," Tomic said.
"I was lucky that I was back healthy this week and playing well and having a chance."
Tomic in Wimbledon fitness battle
June 21, 2012 - 10:39AM
Bernard Tomic is shunning the London spotlight and bunkering down on the English south coast as he races the clock to be fully fit for Wimbledon starting on Monday.
Australia's leading men's contender confessed to being only 80 per cent physically ready for the biggest challenge of his career after suffering a startling third-set collapse against Italian claycourter Fabio Fognini on Wednesday.
A week after retiring with stomach cramps while trailing Tommy Haas 5-2 in Halle, Tomic lost his only other grasscourt match before Wimbledon, 4-6 6-3 7-5 to Fognini at Eastbourne.
After leading 5-2 in the deciding set, Tomic dropped the last five games to the world No.61 and then admitted he was fortunate to be back on court competing at all after a week from hell at his European base in Monte Carlo.
The 19-year-old had planned a week of R & R after the French Open following a draining six-week claycourt stretch that secured his career-high ranking world No.27 heading into the grasscourt major.
Instead he fell sick, a virus leaving his Wimbledon preparation in disarray.
"I was bad for three or four days prior to Halle," Tomic told AAP.
"I was resting in Monaco where I somehow got it, so I'm lucky it went away the last few days and I'm actually feeling right to go.
"I'm back to normal, which is good, but I wouldn't say that physically I'm 100 per cent. That's why I need these few days to get ready for Monday, Tuesday.
"But I think I'm back to 80 per cent, which is good. I've got these next three days which are very, very important for next week."
Tomic described his elevation to 20th seed at the All England Club - a reward for reaching the quarter-finals last year as a qualifier - as "huge".
But he admitted having to defend the bundle of rankings points accrued from his great 2011 run was pressure of a type he'd never experienced before.
"It's tough," he said.
"But last year I won seven matches. This year I need to win four to get to the same place.
"It's good to know they announced the seedings and I got the 20th seed, which is a huge thing.
"If you make it to the third round, you eliminate playing the top eight. The most important thing for me will be to win those first two matches on grass to get maybe into the third round.
"Then I'll open up like I did last year and be more relaxed."
Tomic is entitled to use his seeding to gain practise-court privileges at the All England Club, but will try to fly under the radar at Eastbourne until Saturday instead.
"I'm going to stay here, use the gym here and keep more of a low profile," he said.
"I've got to work hard, five or six hours the next four days, to peak where I want to be next Monday or Tuesday."
Aussie Wimbledon hopes nosedive
June 21, 2012 - 1:54PM
Australia's Wimbledon stocks have plummeted days out from the biggest tournament of the year.
Bernard Tomic's disturbing collapse against lowly-ranked Italian claycourter Fabio Fognini at windy Eastbourne on Wednesday followed equally dire tournament lead-ups for former champion Lleyton Hewitt and Australia's top-ranked player Samantha Stosur.
All three will arrive at the All England Club alarmingly short of match practice - without a competitive grasscourt win between them since Tomic's Davis Cup victory over Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka at Royal Sydney last September.
Tomic's 4-6 6-3 7-5 inexplicable capitulation from 5-2 up in the third set against Fognini was the final indignity for Australia's three leading Wimbledon hopes.
"I asked myself after the match - 'what happened?' I was so far up in the third set," Tomic said.
The 19-year-old's only other grasscourt outing during the brief Wimbledon build-up was a retirement with stomach cramps when trailing Tommy Haas 5-2 in the first set last week at Halle.
He confessed to being physically at "80 per cent" five days out from Wimbledon and his only consolation came in the form of generous officials who promoted the 27th-ranked Tomic to 20th seed on Wednesday.
Tomic was the major beneficiary of the Wimbledon's grasscourt seeding formula which recognised his impressive run to the quarter-finals last year.
The teenager was the youngest player to reach the last eight at London's famous SW19 venue since Boris Becker in 1986, but now he's battling to be ready to defend a truckload of rankings points.
"I've got to work hard, five or six hours the next four days, to peak where I want to be next Monday or Tuesday," he said.
It's love-all for Hewitt and Tomic
Linda Pearce, London
June 25, 2012
BELATEDLY but significantly, Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic have practised together at Wimbledon. A cool afternoon on lush court 19. A small but watchful audience. If only this had occurred three years ago, when Hewitt did the inviting and Tomic - infamously - the declining on the tournament's middle Sunday, Australian tennis would have been spared a ball-bucket full of grief.
How much more harmonious everything appears now, and how greatly circumstances have altered. Hewitt, the fading warrior, needed a wildcard into the main draw of the tournament he was the last Australian to win, back in 2002; Tomic, his still-young successor, seeded 20th at the place where he announced himself by reaching the quarter-finals as a qualifier last year. One on his way up; the other, well, not.
They co-anchor a Davis Cup team, so this is not the first time the once-estranged pair has shared a court together. They also have a common sponsor, and matching mini-Australian flags next to the names on their racquet bags, yet in most respects could not be more different.
Hewitt so intense, so driven. Still striving, despite his three children, many years of injuries and recently rebuilt bionic big toe. The languid Tomic, with his trick shots, his laid-back, boys-just-wanna-have-fun approach to tennis and life, his ''I like to take the normal out of tennis'' philosophy reiterated this week. Rivals, of sorts, for a while. But not really, not any more.
The pair practised easily for about 40 minutes before spending the last 20 in matchplay, Hewitt with veteran coach Tony Roche, close mate Brett Smith and regular training partner Peter Luczak in his corner, Tomic's father John patrolling the other baseline, chatting for a while to spectators Wally Masur and Pat Rafter, the former Davis Cup coach next to the captain.
The occasion was also noted by those wandering along the adjacent path to the practice courts at Aorangi. Indeed, on a quiet day at the All England Club, it was remarked upon by several international player agents, coaches and observers. Australian tennis watchers know that any festering disputes were disinfected some time ago, but this symbolism was too public to be ignored.
At one stage, Roche (owner of 16 grand slam titles) even had a light-hearted hit with Tomic senior (self-taught former taxi driver). It was fair to say that Roche showed the better technique, yet the idea of such an event happening at all would have been unthinkable during the height of the ill-will that followed what Team Hewitt regarded as an unforgivable show of disrespect back in 2009.
But that was then. Hewitt is a future Davis Cup captain, and Tomic is both the future of Australian men's tennis and its present. Both play their first-round matches tomorrow - Hewitt against fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tomic opposed to Belgian wildcard David Goffin.
And the practice match? For the record, there appeared to be no service breaks. Fittingly, considering what has already been repaired.
PAT Rafter and Bernard Tomic have collaborated at four Davis Cup ties, and yet the Australian captain chuckles when asked how he finds guiding his unorthodox young star. ''No, no, there's no guiding from me - I realise that!'' laughs Rafter. ''I just sit back and watch it all develop. Or 'unfold', is probably a better word.
''There are certain things throughout the match I'd like to try and help him with, but I find that the more I talk to him the worse it is, so I generally sit back and say nothing.'' So Tomic's not interested in what Rafter has to say at courtside? ''Yeah, [he is] in a way, but he goes off and does his own thing. And he's a smart kid. He knows what he's doing.''
And, typically, doing it his way, with extraordinary haste. Just 12 months ago, the Queenslander entered the Wimbledon main draw through qualifying, ranked 158th. When he departed after that audacious run to the last eight, it was with three top-50 scalps and after giving eventual champion Novak Djokovic an admirable quarter-final test.
But this year's will be a different kind of examination for the 19-year-old with the love of low-bouncing grass and fast-moving cars. Tomic returns as the world No. 27 and 20th seed, starting with should-win openers against David Goffin and either Jesse Levine or Karol Beck, before the prospect of 10th seed Mardy Fish in round three. But he also has a swag of points on the line and a reputation that precedes him. He is no longer the kid with nothing to lose.
''It's the first time that Bernard's gone into a major championship with something big to defend, and I'm looking forward to seeing how he handles that pressure; it'll be a sign of how long it might take before we really see him contend to actually win a grand slam,'' says nine-time Wimbledon doubles champion Todd Woodbridge, now Tennis Australia's head of professional tennis.
''I think it's probably another three years. Physically, he's matured enormously in the past 12 months, his movement has certainly improved, but I still think it's got that next level to go, because you see the best players in the world playing their best tennis around 24, 25, 26 right now, and I think he's still got to get to that part physically to be able to achieve that.
''Mentally, though, when he's switched on, and when he's engaged in it, he's as good as anybody.''
The surface is another big factor, for the degree to which it suits Tomic's unusual game. Indeed, of the four grand slams, the unique nature of grass and abbreviated length of its season make Wimbledon the least comfortable for most players; typically, the list of genuine contenders is short. Is Tomic one of them?
Rafter: ''If he plays like he plays at the Aussie Open, that type of good tennis, if he brings that to Wimbledon, where there's only a handful of guys who can win it, then, sure, he can be one of those.''
Pat Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, agrees that ''it's always easier being the underdog, of course, with no pressure as long as you don't get overwhelmed by the big names''. But that has never been Tomic's issue, and nor is there a problem handling occasions that can stifle others. ''He's a kid who doesn't mind that sort of thing,'' says Rafter. ''And he's a good grasscourt player. He'll be tough to play, tough to beat.''
Yet what he may lack is a little of the surprise element that he brought to SW19 last year, when his talents and potential were acknowledged by his peers on the circuit, but fewer had seen his quirky style firsthand. The off-paced balls, the angles, the junk, the tricky slice - mixed with some hard, flat ball-striking.
Tomic has an innate understanding of the game, and prides himself on his ability to find and work on his opponent's weaknesses. ''You've got to have your own [court] sense,'' he said recently. ''No one taught me how to play. I kind of taught myself and became good at it.''
Adds Rafter: ''He's different. He's got great hands. He may not be the best athlete, but he makes up for it in other ways. He's as talented as most of the guys in the top 10, I would say. But he's a different talent.''
Woodbridge still sees deficiencies in Tomic's movement and consistency, while pointing out that his court coverage is less able to be exposed on grass than the slow clay the teenager endures rather than enjoys. ''He has the other guys off balance. The slice backhand's a beautiful shot on grass, he likes the ball low, he's a flat ball-hitter, so it comes more into his hitting zones,'' says the former Wimbledon semi-finalist. ''He puts the ball in places where the modern player doesn't like it, and he can do that better on grass than any other surface, which is the least favourite surface, probably, of three-quarters of the draw. So he likes it, and plays better. And they don't.''
Yet Woodbridge is also a little surprised that, with some exceptions, such as Croatian Marin Cilic, Tomic's ATP rivals still ''haven't quite worked him out'' as thoroughly as expected, given that this is his 13th major championship since his Australian Open debut in 2009. ''That's the impressive thing: that everyone on the tour knows him now, but he still worries so many guys. He still rattles them more than they can counteract him, and that's to do with his smarts, and how well he reads the game.''
Mark Woodforde does not believe the burden of the points defence will be significant, for Tomic is still so young that any setback would constitute only a temporary blip. But there is great interest in how the encore to last year's thrilling first act plays out. ''I think he might be a big-stage player and ready to duplicate a similar result,'' says Woodforde. ''His game sets up well for the grass … and 12 months down the track, Bernie is stronger and fitter and much more experienced. He's a danger.''
His preparation has been problematic, however. With a stomach virus prompting Tomic's retirement just seven games into his first-round match in Halle against Tommy Haas, and counting last week's first-up loss from a commanding position against Fabio Fognini at Eastbourne, he has passed the second round in just two of his 13 tournaments since excelling in Australia in January. But this is Wimbledon, where, in 2011, it all began. ''I come back one year after, and one year more mature and stronger; I think that going one further if I get the right draw and play the right tennis is possible for me,'' Tomic said last week. ''Some people are saying 'you could win' and I think if I get, maybe get to the quarters again, then from there I think I have the belief and I can maybe do it.''
06-25-2012, 07:17 AM
Tomic Ready To Deliver on Big Stage
June 25, 2012
Bernard Tomic is banking on his big-match temperament and funky style to get him through to the second week of Wimbledon for the second year running.
Tomic admits he's under pressure as he defends quarter-final points accrued during his exciting run to the last eight out of qualifying last year.
His form and health have been a major concern, but the 19-year-old - who also reached the last 16 at the Australian Open before running into Roger Federer - says returning to the All England Club will bring out his best.
"I'm really excited. Grass is always for me my favourite surface," Tomic told AAP ahead of his first-round clash on Tuesday with promising young Belgian David Goffin.
"I feel like I can do like I did last year and being sick last week when Tommy (Haas) won the tournament is a good sign too."
The teenager was referring to Haas's victory over Federer in the Halle final just a few days after the German veteran defeated an ailing Tomic in the opening round.
Tomic was trailing 5-2 in the opening set before packing it in as he battled a sapping virus.
Australia's 20th seed believes his unusual game is perfectly suited to grass.
"You have to play differently on it," he said.
"Grass is hard to get the ball up high - it's always low and that's where I prefer it and these guys don't prefer it on the tour these days.
"Eighty, 90 per cent of the tour is guys that love to play on the clay. They play on hard court as well and they get to the grass courts and they choke up.
"That's why they struggle against my game because I take a bit of the normal out of tennis."
It was actually Tomic who struggled in his last grasscourt outing before Wimbledon.
But he put his capitulation from 5-2 up in the third set against Italian Fabio Fognini at Eastbourne last week down to being only 80 per cent fit and also a concentration lapse, which he needed to address.
"Yeah, it happens a lot," Tomic said.
"You look at the top players, they have to play against lower-ranked players because they're at the top.
"But you can only get back and better. You're not going to get to No.1 at the age of 19 nowadays."
BERNARD TOMIC: It's hard. You know, to see what you did last year and to lose first round is difficult. But, you know, there's a reason why I lost, I have to say. You know, I think I lost because he played much better and I wasn't playing the right tennis. No excuse.
I think the last few weeks have been a little bit tough on me. I have gone through a match where I should have won and been sick for a week. But, you know, look, I take that as a learning curve. You're not going to improve unless you learn, I think.
That's why it's important for me at a young age, for any player that's young, is to, I think, lose. You're only going to come back stronger if you keep losing.
I can't say anything wrong. He played well today from the second set onwards.
Q. You're saying no excuses, but physically how were you? You seemed to clutch your back a few times and looked a little bit out of sorts.
BERNARD TOMIC: I thought I was going to be ready. Like last week I was 70, 80%. But still it's tough to get through that three, four days, you know. I tried as much as I could, but there was a period where it was raining for a day and a half.
You know, I was feeling good in that first set. It's just that concentration level that I dropped, and, you know, allowed a player probably of his quality to get back into the match. Any player that's in the top 100 is going to take that and come back into the match.
Q. What was he doing that you couldn't seem to stay focused on?
BERNARD TOMIC: It wasn't probably what he was doing, it was what was going on with me throughout my head.
You know, I wasn't thinking straight at that time. I thought, you know, being one set to love up that everything was going to go away. But, you know, people want to get back into the match, and I allowed him to get back.
After I played too defensive and he was relaxed and just going for his shots.
Q. Last year you were the golden boy coming through and getting through the quallies and into the quarters and getting a set off Djokovic; now this year, you know, he qualified as a lucky loser at Roland Garros and played all the way to the round of 16 and got a set off Federer. Does it feel like you guys have exchanged places? Turned the table?
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, look, he's 21; I'm 18, 19. I've gotten into the top 30. It's different. He has time and he's going to obviously be a top‑30 player. He has great groundstrokes.
But I think what I've lacked the last few weeks is, you know, the consistency, and it's tough to get. Hopefully the Olympics will be good to me. It's played here on grass. I've got tournaments I'm playing in Stuttgart and Hamburg, so I think I've got time to catch up to where I was here.
Q. The racquet obviously took a pounding. Was that today the frustration or was it three weeks' worth of frustration building up?
BERNARD TOMIC: I'm not normally like that, but it's a good I guess sign of relief when you smash a racquet. I don't normally do it. It's not like I will keep continuing to do it.
I feel like, you know, I couldn't control myself because I was playing pretty tight and defensive, and, you know, he was playing relaxed. That's what happens sometimes.
You look at that last year, what I did was I was relaxed. It was the opposite side. What can you do?
Q. You didn't seem too thrilled that three times umpiring errors turned winners into replays.
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, well, I mean, there were a few close calls, and just that's tennis.
Q. Is that something you learn to deal with, the frustration, you have to channel it in rather than take it out on the racquet?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, I mean, I don't usually do that, but, I mean, like it's a mental skill. It's a skill you need to have. You look at the guys in the top 3. Mentally they're the most strong. If you look at the athletes that have dominated the world, they're all strong.
Mentally growing up I've been great, but obviously you're going to get times when you're young things won't go your way. But just think one day I will find this balance, within the next six months, year. I'm still young, but I've got to find it eventually.
Q. The balance you talk about, how does the coaching situation feed into that?
BERNARD TOMIC: The coaching situation, yeah, I mean, look, I can't complain. I think it's been more me the last eight weeks ‑ I think even on clay ‑ where I afforded a lot of losses.
You know, if I look back to going on the clay court season, I was up I think in four matches with four tournaments, I was up 5‑2, 5‑3 in the third just like what I was doing last week. It's just weird.
My concentration has been up and down, dropping. It's not no one's fault, but I've got to get back on that track where I was playing the start of the year.
Q. This is the first big tournament where you've had a lot to defend. Did you feel that was a burden, and did it play any role in your performances?
BERNARD TOMIC: No. To be honest, it didn't feel like that. It just felt my tennis wasn't where I wanted it to be to play. I wasn't scared about the points to defend. I was just worried. I was upset with my game today, the way I was playing. I couldn't execute my shots.
That's different when you go through last year being relaxed and being allowed to play. This year I go with the feeling of you're having to defend some points, but also you're not also feeling 100%. You're not playing the way you should be. You know, there is a lot of things that have been going on.
I'm going to take a few days off. I've got to get back on track. I know it will happen sooner or later, but you can't do that without hard work. To be honest, I haven't been really working hard the last two months. Just been up and down.
Q. Your whole career has been up and up and up. Now that you have a lull here, how are your confidence levels?
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, what are you trying to say?
Q. No, I'm just saying is this a setback for you or you take it as sort of a blip?
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, look, if you say I'm going down with one tournament then I don't know what the hell you're talking about. You can look at it that way, but I think I've got eight months where I have points to defend, so we'll go back to that question in six months.
Q. You mentioned not working hard enough. Why is that the case?
BERNARD TOMIC: Good point. I think, look, to have talent is one thing. To have talent, it's huge for any sport.
I think the last few months I have been casually sort of working into a not sort of ‑‑ sort of using my hard work to get me where I have been getting the last year.
But I have sort of lacked off a little bit and look what it's costing me. Last eight, nine weeks I'm losing a lot of first, second rounds. So it's not my quality of tennis. My quality of tennis should be getting to a lot of semifinals, finals at tournaments or even winning where I had chances last eight weeks, but lack of concentration, not working hard, it costs you.
Q. Is that a lack of motivation in some way then? Can't sort of bring yourself to practice as hard as you know you need to?
BERNARD TOMIC: It's just strange. I mean, like on the way up I have been growing up playing and everything's got easy. I've gotten to where I have won very easily. It's amazing. Now you let the foot off the pedal and it's costing you. It's something I'll learn.
It's a good thing what's actually happened here. I'll wake up and get back to the way I was playing the next ‑‑ you know, for once where I don't have to ‑‑ I can relax and play good tennis and get back to that training mode to get me to the top 15, 20 at the end of the year even.
Q. Such a talented ball‑striker. Does that make it more difficult to sort of grind when you have to grind or...
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah. Well, I think being a good ball‑striker, I've got good hands, but that's where I don't take my legs into play the last few months. I haven't been, you know ‑‑ hands is one thing, but the effort that you put in.
Like the guys in the top 3, it's different. That's why they're there. They've got hands; they've got the mental skills; they've got the legs.
Q. So were you frustrated with your game even coming into this Wimbledon tournament? You kind of felt frustrated even before you went out on court?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah. Well, look, I wasn't expecting much. Maybe winning a round or two, because the way I was going through nine weeks of first, second rounds, you know, you sort of wake up and say, Hello. Shit, you're at Wimbledon. Sorry.
But in a way it's like, you know, you look at it. You've got through eight, nine weeks and you're heading into on of the biggest tournaments of the world where you've done unbelievable last year.
Then, you know, I've got to get back into the training world. At least I will have maybe the ten days off where I can train and get ready for the two clay‑court tournaments, and then the Olympics will be a good task for me.
We'll see what happens. Like I said, I've got to train, not use my hands.
Q. Can you take any motivation out of the fact you can come back here in a couple weeks during the Olympics and do what you wanted to do here and what you like to do on grass?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah.
Q. Another chance?
BERNARD TOMIC: I'm really gifted and lucky for that opportunity to have the Olympics coming up, which is, my point of view, bigger for ‑‑ bigger than Wimbledon for me, the Olympics. For any athlete I think it's something that I want to do well in, and I'm thankful it's on grass.
But like I said, I'm not going to do well. I can just say I will, but if I'm not going to work out the next two, three weeks...
You know, it's not what you do in the next two, three weeks. It's what you do every week. To be honest, the effort that's been costing me this tournament and the past two months has been probably my lack of effort, the way I have been training on court, off court, matches, and mentally.
So I've got to get back on that roll.
Q. Were you thinking when you got back here it would all fall into place?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, in one way. That's a good question. I mean, but in one way that's what I expected sort of. But it's not going to come back if you haven't put the hard work in. It's good. I like what I've lost. I think it's good for me.
Q. Is the problem you think the way you've been training or sometimes you've just not trained? You find other things to do?
BERNARD TOMIC: A bit of both. (Smiling.)
It's the way you train. I know my tennis, when I'm playing well, is not ‑‑ many people in the top 10, you know, top 15 struggle with my game. I can beat anyone, even at the age of 18, 19.
But it can cost you, you know. You can be talented and head down, but I'm not going to let that happen to me.
Q. In terms of outside influences, Davis Cup coaching scenarios, you respond a certain way in your private situation. What do you find is best for you?
BERNARD TOMIC: Say that again.
Q. Comparing Davis Cup and preparing for ties compared to this, what's better for you: having someone like Pat Rafter around? Do you respond to that kind of thing?
BERNARD TOMIC: Look, with me, like, you know, I can work with Pat ‑‑ like the Davis Cup is great. I love working on the team, and I can't wait for when Davis Cup starts. I love being in that role of being in the team. To have a shot at even qualifying this year if I do so it will be huge.
I think regardless of who's working with me, it's my sort of tennis ‑‑ my game is just ‑‑ it relies on me. People can say they can help you with a lot of tips. Even my dad who has been with me for 11 years has done a great job.
You know, that can take the place, but saying people can help, it's not really ‑‑ for my tennis, it's all about me. I've got to find that in me. People give you great tips along the way and can help you and stuff, which I'm ready for any help, but you're not going to become Federer, Rafa, or Novak if you don't do it yourself. That's for sure.
Q. Has your dad, your coach, been frustrated or annoyed at you for what you have admitted which is sort of a lack of application of training?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah. I think there's also a few other things that are involved also last few eight weeks which I can't talk about.
But it's a learning curve, and I'm lucky I'm getting hit with these things at this age now. In one way it's good for ‑‑ I think it's great. It's better that I won ‑‑ that I lost so I can wake up and find my tennis where it can be and where it can take me to the next few years.
Q. Do you remember the last time you played him four years ago?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, I lost 0 and 1 in juniors. You know, I think he played much better than I did second, third set. But see what's costing me today. Should have been realistically straight sets to me, 6‑3 and I was playing well.
But having dropped my confidence and my mental, I was ‑‑ you know, players just can't wait to come back. When I'm down a set, all I want to do is come back and beat the guy. That's where I lacked off a bit today. He took his chance, and credit to him. He played very good tennis.
06-30-2012, 09:02 PM
He got fined $2500 for his racquet smash damaging Court 2
07-31-2012, 05:22 AM
Bernard will play Hopman Cup:
Hopman Cup @hopmancup
Bernard Tomic to represent Aus at Hyundai Hopman Cup for the first time
Q. You've been playing well the last couple weeks.
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, I've been playing good the last fortnight. I'm happy the way I'm playing here today. Last week as well was good for me to win my first round after a good six, seven weeks. I think I played good against Novak, as well, picked up good confidence.
Today was a good match. I felt like Ryan played well. I played well and managed to win in the end.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about some of the development in youth tennis in Australia. I know it's been a little bit of a drought since Lleyton.
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, if you look back a few years, it wasn't that good. Obviously, Lleyton was there. But I think now this year's just shown us we can actually play. The guys belong here very well. Marinko is playing well. Matt is doing good. They're getting closer to top 50. They're at the 70, 60 mark. We've improved a lot. It's good to see the Australian tennis improving a lot.
For me it's huge to win Davis Cup one day. If you're going to do that, you need a good team around you, you need good players in there. I feel they're improving, getting better. It's good to see something like that.
Q. You had a good Australian summer. Following up, looked like it was a little bit difficult result‑wise. What do you attribute that to?
BERNARD TOMIC: Everyone has their up‑and‑downs. I think I managed to play really well last year, during Wimbledon. I played pretty solid throughout the end of the year. At the start of the Australian Open season, I played really well, I thought. Then it was difficult for me. I think I went through a few months where I was winning a few matches or two, then started not winning matches for about a month. That was pretty difficult.
But I'm happy I'm picking up now. I'm playing pretty good, confident. I'm just happy I get a chance to win matches now and get on the track that I was at the start of the year.
Q. What is the key, like today? You could have lost the second set. What is the difference between actually doing that and winning compared to when you were unable to do that?
BERNARD TOMIC: If you look, tennis comes down to sometimes one point. It's the most important point of the match. When that comes, if you don't take it... If you actually get it and win, it's huge.
I've gone through so many positions in my junior career where I've been down the first round, just managed to escape. I've won titles. I think it's similar like that in the game now. Everyone playing in the top hundred is good, they're there for a reason.
I think the only guys that stand out are the guys in the top four, five, that are a bit different. I think it comes down to playing a tennis match one point, two points. If you take those opportunities sometimes at 4‑All, breakpoints at 3‑All, you can win the set.
Today I managed to come back from two set points down. I hit a good serve, played a good point. Look, if it was going to be the third set, it would have been different. I would have been a little bit tired and Ryan would have played a little more confident. I think the crowd was on his side.
Tennis comes down to a few points, and I think the better players get those points.
Q. When you go into a match like this, do you think like he's going to be somebody you're going to be playing for a long time?
BERNARD TOMIC: It's a bit like that. It's funny how you play the older guys growing up on the ATP Tour. To get the opportunity to play Ryan or someone of that age, it's a bit strange. But it's a good thing. I enjoyed it today. I'm sure we both wanted to win. I think I played really, really well the first, and the second I was up a break. He played well to come back and take it to a tiebreak.
Q. How far off do you think your generation is from the top four?
BERNARD TOMIC: With the top four now? I mean, it's hard to say. You can't just replace the players that are there now in the top four. I'd love to put myself there and players like Milos, Ryan, Grigor in the next three or four years. To say that, we're in the most difficult time of tennis. The guys in the top three, four, they're showing us why they're the legends of the game.
Back I think 10 years it was much easier ‑ not easier ‑ but in a way there were 20 players that could win a Grand Slam. Now I think there's three players, and Murray is still struggling.
It's just a difficult time for young guys. We have to keep working, improving. I think our time will come in the next few years. But we've got to work hard, for sure.
Q. The last few years a lot of guys have said the speed of these courts in Cincinnati has been quick compared to other hard courts. Would you agree with that?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah. Actually I think it's the ball flies through the air a bit, similar to Indian Wells, but not as much. I think Indian Wells flies a lot more. I think I prefer it. It suits the way I'm playing lately. I'm serving pretty good. The second serve bounce is really difficult to return on. The courts kick up. It has advantage on players that serve big, these courts.
I'm playing well, feeling good. Hopefully I can continue.
Q. How long have you been with Nike?
BERNARD TOMIC: Probably since I was 15.
Q. How do you think they picked you?
BERNARD TOMIC: You got to ask them that. I think they picked me out of a hat (laughter). It was a random pick.
Q. Because you have so many different options in your game, does point construction become challenging sometimes?
BERNARD TOMIC: Absolutely. I think sometimes, it's funny, on a shot, when players have I think one or two options, I seem to have four or five. But sometimes I miss the ball. It's weird, you know, when you have an opportunity and a point, if I do the right thing, I should win. Sometimes I have three or four options I should do, players don't expect me to do it. Sometimes it costs me. Other times people are like, Wow, how did you do that?
It's got to be simple. You have to play tennis simple, not try to impress the crowd, going for shots that you're not usually doing.
I think I'm doing that well. I did that well today I think.
Q. How do you keep it simple for yourself?
BERNARD TOMIC: Win matches, I guess. That's anybody's simple, I think.
You know, the last year I've learnt a lot on tour. It's an important thing. I've gone through a lot of matches where I should have won and I've lost because I haven't been keeping it simple. I've lost matches because of stupid shots where I wouldn't do on practice, where I wouldn't go for. You just learn over time what the right tennis is for you, how to concentrate, focus, put all your energy into playing the right tennis. Then you feel comfortable, not playing things that you're not used to in matches.
The thing with me, sometimes I let my foot off the pedal when I'm winning. Sometimes it costs me. I think today shows I can really compete and play well.
Q. Tennis is not a contact sport, but the lob today...
BERNARD TOMIC: That was a bit strange. I didn't know what was going on because I turned my head. I didn't think he was going to get to it. I heard things, you know, like...
I turned back, I saw the camera upside down, I realized something went wrong.
Q. Have you sold the famous car?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah.
Q. Got a good price for it?
BERNARD TOMIC: I swapped it for something else.
Q. Which is what?
BERNARD TOMIC: I don't know. A Toyota Yaris (laughter).
09-01-2012, 03:10 PM
An interview with: BERNARD TOMIC
Friday, August 31, 2012
B. Tomic/A. Roddick 3-6 4-6 0-6
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. Talk about the match.
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, he played very good. I couldn't do anything really. I think he played very good. He served well. I didn't have many chances to do anything. I think it was a good opportunity to have a test against him, to play him. I haven't played him before. He served pretty good. Felt like I needed to get some chances to break him, but he was serving too good.
Q. And talk about playing on Ashe.
BERNARD TOMIC: I was a bit nervous the first set. It's very difficult the first time to be in front of 22,000 people. It's very different. I'm used to playing in Australia. Here it's a bit different. Lucky I had that experience to play today.
Q. How are you feeling?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, different feeling playing on the backcourts than playing on the biggest stage in the world, biggest country in the world.
Q. Crowd cheered when you made a challenge. Did you find that a little intimidating?
BERNARD TOMIC: I felt like anything I did, I wasn't quite sure how to respond. The ball jumps on that court. It's different to the outside courts. I think I would like to have had an opportunity to play on it this week. It's difficult to get to hit on that court. He showed why he's been No. 1 in the world.
Q. The crowd hadn't filled in until the second set. Why did you feel you couldn't do anything? Pretty big statement to make.
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, I wasn't looking up, that's for sure. More I looked up, the more I realized how much people were there. Like I say, I feel like I needed to hit 10 minutes on the court. It's difficult. The top seeds always get the opportunity to hit on that court. Yeah, this is his home city where he plays the best. I wasn't quite comfortable I think the whole match on that court. It was very strange. It was a good experience to play on that court. I had to get confronted on that court sooner or later.
Q. What happened in the last set?
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, you go in with a plan to win. You know, he's playing well; you're nervous. He's getting you on little things. You're not quite happy with yourself. I think third set he managed to get off to a 3‑Love lead in seconds in the third set. All I could see was 3‑Love down all of a sudden in the third set. I don't think I was responding with my legs the way I should have. He was serving I think better in the second set to the start of the third, but I felt like I couldn't get a racquet on his first serve. That was the biggest key.
Q. On television, John McEnroe said your effort in the final set was borderline not trying. What are your thoughts about that?
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, I think he's probably right. Like I said, I couldn't get the racquet on the ball. Andy was playing I think really good at the net, coming into the net. Every time I wanted to pass him, he ended up hitting a half volley winner or a volley winner. He was on top of me the whole match. I can't complain. The whole match was his way from start to finish pretty much.
Q. You talk about the size of the crowd, but also the occasion of this being Roddick's last tournament. How did that dynamic play out in your head?
BERNARD TOMIC: It wasn't so much that I was worried about. I was more worried about his playing on the court. You know, you always dream as a kid to play in this arena. It's the biggest stage in the world. To play one of the biggest players in America, I was thinking about it too much leading into the match. He was serving well. So I just couldn't, you know, find my way to get out of that little zone.
Q. They made a pretty big deal of it on the last set, tanking, all that stuff.
BERNARD TOMIC: Really? What do you think?
Q. I'm not sure. I think your relaxed style sometimes people get the wrong impression.
BERNARD TOMIC: That's how I play. Do you have a problem with that?
Q. No. It was on TV. It was a big deal. Better to give you the opportunity now to talk about it surely.
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, no, that's your prediction. I have mine. That's how I play. If you think that's that, it's up to you. What is your name?
BERNARD TOMIC: Will who?
Q. Will Swanton.
BERNARD TOMIC: From?
BERNARD TOMIC: I'll remember you.
Q. Davis Cup next. What do you make of that?
BERNARD TOMIC: That's our biggest focus, I think, the whole Australian team's focus. Good question for asking. It's probably the biggest thing for us Australian players. Good to see Lleyton doing well and having a chance to get back in the World Group. That's what we're going to work for the next week before going to Hamburg. It's going to be tough as a team for Australia, but Pat is confident. We're confident. We have to play against some good clay‑courters to win.
Q. Will you stick around or what are the plans there?
BERNARD TOMIC: Pat, myself, obviously Lleyton, see how he goes, and then I've got doubles. We'll hang around New York I think until the end of Thursday or Friday.
09-02-2012, 04:29 AM
Can't see the line of Bernie's thinking. The guy was talking about what was on TV, not what he thought. What prediction? Was more said? Tomic got sassy at the journo for no reason.
Maybe he knew they knew he was...
09-02-2012, 05:00 AM
Yeah i wasn't sure what the prediction was either...
09-02-2012, 09:39 PM
Q. They made a pretty big deal of it on the last set, tanking, all that stuff
It was like what he heard when that question was asked was something different, something that he took as a prediction he would always tank or something. Perhaps two people spoke at once causing confusion, perhaps there was something that he himself is worried about so he imagines it is being asked.... but it was definitely like he was responding to something other than the words of the question.
09-03-2012, 01:23 AM
Yeah that's what I was thinking. Like maybe he already had something on his mind or was just waiting for the topic to come up so when it did he already had an answer and it just came out. Or something. But I definitely agree, he didn't really answer the question.
09-03-2012, 06:53 AM
Here is an article including Swanton's (the reporter) comments:
Do you have a problem with that? Tomic rages over tank query
The 19-year-old lashed out at the Australian reporter when questioned about John McEnroe's accusations during television commentary that he had "tanked" during the latter stages of his second-round US Open loss.
"I feel a bit bad for him to be honest," Swanton said from New York today of his latest encounter with Tomic.
"I'm not sure if something got lost in translation [during the press conference], or if he thought that I was saying that he'd tanked. It all got a bit confused there somewhere along the line."
But Tomic's outburst has earned him few fans on Twitter, with some laughing at the teenager's bravado and his "Tony Soprano" attitude.
During commentary of the prime-time match, McEnroe labelled Tomic's effort during his 6-3 6-4 6-0 loss a "tank job".
"Tomic is teeing it up. It looks like the tank job," McEnroe said.
"This is a shame. You don't like to see this. I like to see Andy win but, other than that, it's poor.
"A well-deserved beating."
When McEnroe's comments were put to Tomic by an American journalist at the post-match press conference, Tomic surprisingly agreed.
"Well, I think he's probably right. I couldn't get the racquet on the ball," Tomic said.
"Andy was playing I think really good at the net, coming into the net."
Swanton then asked Tomic to clarify his stance on allegations of tanking, earning the wrath of the teenager who lashed out: "What do you think?"
Swanton responded that perhaps some people got the wrong impression from Tomic's relaxed style.
Tomic said: "That's how I play it. Do you have a problem with that?"
"That's your prediction. I have mine. That's how I play. If you think that's that, it's up to you."
He then asked for the journalist's name and media organisation, and said: "I'll remember ya."
Swanton today attributed Tomic's outburst to his "disaster night" and the pressure of the prime-time match against a retiring American champion.
"I feel for him in a pretty big way because the match was a huge occasion over here, with Roddick retiring. He [Tomic] was kind of thrown into the biggest sports story in America for that night," Swanton said.
"He also went straight from the court into the press conference. They normally have half an hour and they get briefed on what's likely to come up. But I think he was so peeved he just went basically from the court to the press conference, so I doubt anyone worded him up on how vicious McEnroe had been about him. The whole line of questioning probably came as a bit of a surprise."
Swanton also suspected he may have copped the blast because of his accent.
"The first time he was asked about it was by an American reporter, and it was a bit weird because he kind of agreed with McEnroe," Swanton said.
"That was also why I asked [again] because we just wanted to clarify and to see if he knew what he was saying. I'm not sure if it was just the Australian accent that made him arc up a bit."
Asked if he was concerned about potentially being blacklisted by the youngster, Swanton laughed and said there were no harsh feelings.
"It was in the heat of the moment. It's probably a bit unfair how much he has been copping it," Swanton said.
AS BERNARD Tomic's career total of controversies continues to mount, the teenager insists that the recent Davis Cup exchange with coach Tony Roche should not be among them. Tomic has dismissed reports of a rift, and suggestions of a strained relationship with captain Pat Rafter. Regrets? Not even a few.
Tomic, whose latest headline-grabbing effort was for admitting he made only an ''85 per cent'' effort in his first-round loss to German Florian Mayer at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, said he called Roche when stories of a stoush sprouted from damning vision of their animated courtside conversation during his reverse singles loss to Mayer in last month's play-off tie in Hamburg.
''The only thing that happened with me and Rochey was he motivated me to go, 'Come on, Bernard, you can beat this guy', and I turned around and said that I was tight, I was feeling pressure, I couldn't hit the ball, and then people thought, 'Oh, I was having a go at him','' Tomic told The Age in Shanghai.
''He said, 'Bernard, come on, you have to beat this guy, we need this win'. It was, like, I think, 2-all in the second, I said, 'I'm tight, I can't hit the ball'. And that's all that happened. And then, little do you know, two days later and apparently I was having a fight. I talked to him [after the match], and I actually called him after I saw the paper and I was like 'did I actually say it?' and Tony said, 'No, all I remember saying was to you to to come on, lift, and you told me that you were nervous and tight', and I know Pat heard that as well. But I think I waved my hands, and I think people were thinking something [else]. But you learn all the time. I've learnt a lot this year.''
Tomic admitted he and Rafter had shared a robust discussion in Hamburg, following the captain's description of his last-set effort against Andy Roddick at the US Open as ''disgraceful''.
''Pat's an honest guy, he's a nice guy … he says what he thinks and obviously to anyone, not just me but to Marinko [Matosevic] or anyone, so I can't blame Pat,'' Tomic said.
''We obviously had a chat in Davis Cup, and I thought I played well in Davis Cup and trained well.
''Me and Pat have been [getting along] really well, we've been together the last few weeks at Davis Cup and we haven't had any issues, and he said what he needed to say, and obviously if I'm retired [later on] and there's a kid growing up and I feel I can say something [I will].
''It's not good getting bad stuff in the papers, but it wakes you up … but it's not a good thing.
''So I feel like I'm learning in every way. Everything's a good thing. Would I change anything? I wouldn't.''
The 19-year-old, who has played 25 tournaments and three Davis Cup ties this season, has entered three more tournaments for 2012, but believes he has already overplayed. ''The next few months [are] very important to me,'' Tomic said. ''I feel like I need to get back on track.''
Q. Were you injured in the second set? What happened?
BERNARD TOMIC: Mentally I was, that's for sure (laughter).
It was a tough match in the first set. I knew obviously I had to play good against Florian. You know, I've learnt my lesson against him the last two times where I lost pretty easy to him.
Today, the first set was tight. I thought I had my chances in the second set. I think, you know, my lack of concentration I think costed me. I feel like, you know, my mental skills weren't there, weren't following me the way they should have been today.
There's not a lot I could have done mentally that second set. I feel that's the biggest key to my tennis. That's where I haven't been good at, the last set today.
Q. You couldn't summon the effort; is that what you're saying?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, that's sort of on the same line where I think I'm at. It's been a long year. I played a lot of tournaments. Haven't had time to rest. I think I only rested one week after Roland Garros. I think it was the wrong sort of move that I made. I think it's costing me now the last few months. My performance has not been as good.
Q. I guess it comes pretty soon after the US Open when there's a bit of controversy late in the match. How do you respond to that?
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, obviously I'm learning. It's all tough. There's a lot of things thrown at you. I feel last year was a different year. I wasn't expected to do good. That's where I came inside the top 40 at the age of 18. That's where I proved I can play.
This year has been a little bit different. It's been defending points, defending stuff. I started to feeling the pressure.
I wasn't prone to pressure growing up, 16, 17. Now I think it's starting to hit me the last five, six months. It's costing me. It's been a massive road this year. I didn't plan my schedule as I should have and it's cost me a lot of matches that I probably should have won.
Q. Is part of it because it's your second year on the tour; people perhaps were surprised by your first year and the second year they know a bit more how you play?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, it's very difficult. I mean, growing up looking at this sport, never would I have expected to come in at such a young age. With tennis these days, I feel last year and this year I've achieved so much, being inside the top 30 at my age.
Sort of the schedule that I planned this year is not the way I should have gone. I felt like that's what cost me. I couldn't concentrate all the tournaments. I was playing so many. I felt like I was playing a tournament and two days later I'm playing another tournament. I felt really that I was on the go every week and didn't have time to train, to settle down.
I think last year I had a lot more time to train. I think I played 19 tournaments. I think that's why I was doing really good.
So I think I sort of, you know, messed up this year with my schedule. I think I had a great year of getting my highest ranking, 27. But I feel I didn't plan the schedule as I should have the last six months.
I think it's a lesson to be learnt. I've learnt that I need to plan the schedule. It's a very important part of the game and how you play, I feel.
Q. When people talk about the next generation of players, people talk about guys like Raonic, Nishikori, yourself. Do you think in a way, bearing in mind your age, you're a couple years younger than those guys, people expect too much of you?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, you expect a lot more from yourself. You know, when you achieve I think at a young age, to be ranked to the position where I was, it becomes a bit up and down.
I feel like they did figure me out a little bit more this year, the players. But I feel like I played a lot of tournaments. I wasn't prepared for 10 to 15 of these tournaments. I think that's where it costed me mentally and physically in some tournaments. I feel like that's why I couldn't execute some matches and the lack of performance in some matches.
But hopefully next year I'm going to sit down and plan my schedule as best as I can.
Q. You talked about pressure before, people expecting so much more. How do you go about dealing with that? Is there something you can do to help you cope?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, I think it's a very tough tour, I've come to realize. This is my first big year. It takes a lot out of you.
I feel the pressure now is starting to kick in. I'm starting to feel that at tournaments where I defend. It's a bloody tough thing to respond to. I feel like the tougher player and better player you are, obviously you have more pressure. The guys in the top 5 have to defend a lot of stuff. For them, I couldn't imagine the pressure they have.
So this year has really proven there is pressure. It's difficult to cope with. I have to sit down now. I have some weeks off. I've got to see, start training, get the schedule right next year to perform at 100% in every tournament I can play in, and play a minimum amount of tournaments that I really should be playing.
Q. You spoke at Wimbledon that there were some personal issues going on; you weren't happy with your own effort on the practice court. Has anything changed since then?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, it has in a way. Weeks on, weeks off it does change. I put in the effort and I train. I get there and I play well. Then all of a sudden I'm back, you know, losing first round to players I should have won because mentally I wasn't there.
It's just been up and down. I've come to realize you have to be ready for every match you play at 100%, even if you're not feeling good. I think if you have more time to play, three tournaments, you have a week off or two, then you can play these tournaments and matches at 100%. Really, if you're playing the tournaments I did this year, playing every week, it takes it out of you.
Q. Back to the US Open, you talked about the mental problems. Can you say you gave 100% out there today?
BERNARD TOMIC: Today I gave about 85%. Today I gave 100% in the first set. I felt in the second set, my 100% wasn't even close to where it should be. That's where I think mentally‑‑ the mental skill is one of my biggest problems.
I'm starting to figure ways out, but it's very difficult. If you're a kid like me that grew up playing 18, 19 tournaments a year, my last year in the juniors I didn't play a lot of tournaments. I played the least amount of junior tournaments and was ranked 1 in the world.
Obviously, I made a mistake. It's a huge key. Looking back to the US Open, all those matches that I probably should have won, should have played well in, and I didn't really. I feel like I wasn't prepared for those matches.
I feel it's really important for me for next year to play three to four tournaments max and then have a week or two off, then play the next three tournaments and have a week off, play from there. Really it's not good if you're playing every week because you can't be putting in the effort you really should be putting in.
Q. How has it worked this year being based in Europe? Has that been a good thing?
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, it has. But I haven't gone back once. I've been on the road the whole time. I think, you know, playing every week, there was no time to go back. And if I didn't have a tournament that week, I would play Davis Cup for two weeks, train there with the guys. It would still be tennis, tennis, tennis.
You know, growing up when I played the best is when I trained and had weeks off to prepare and do my gym, be physically prepared. That's when I played the best. But I didn't have a chance this year to have a week off or two to train, to get ready after three or four tournaments. It's just been ongoing.
I feel I've done well in some tournaments, but mostly I haven't been doing that well. It's been costing me these matches.
Q. I wanted to know what your plans are now for the rest of the year.
BERNARD TOMIC: I'd love to answer that one (smiling).
I don't really know at this stage. I'm meant the last three tournaments to play. I don't think I'm defending anything. I don't think it's about playing for me now, playing these last three tournaments. I'll see with my dad and my coaches.
I feel like I need to figure in the next few months, very important to me. I feel like I need to get back on track. I think I need two months of good, solid training. I don't think you have time in one week to learn a lot.
I think eight, nine weeks of training can really build you up. Then from next year, I think playing a minimum amount of tournaments, 20 to 23 tournaments, would be a huge thing for me.
The end of the year, these last three tournaments, I'd love to answer, but we'll see in the next days what I decide to do. I'd love to answer that one.
Bernard Tomic must find new a coach, says Darren Cahill
FORMER Australian Davis Cup coach Roger Rasheed says Bernard Tomic needs a heart-to-heart with his father to nut out just what he wants from tennis.
Tomic's troubles continued on Tuesday night with a 6-2 6-0 first-round loss to Russian Mikhail Youzhny at the Swiss Indoors.
The lopsided defeat was his ninth first-round exit in 13 tournaments since the French Open and is likely to cost Tomic his place in the world's top 50.
Tomic, who turned 20 on Sunday, withdrew from last week's Stockholm Open citing fatigue after admitting to only giving ``about 85 per cent'' in his previous outing at the Shanghai Masters.
His effort in China followed condemnation from grand slam champions John McEnroe and Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter for a similarly-lacklustre display at the US Open and led to the youngster being cruelly branded #tomicthetankengine on Twitter.
Respected analyst Darren Cahill, the former coach of world No.1s Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, on Tuesday urged Tomic to call an immediate end to his flagging season.
"Someone needs to put Bernie Tomic on the flying kangaroo. Year was done weeks ago. Charge up the batteries, get faster & stronger for 2013," Cahill tweeted.
"For what it's worth, I think Roger Rasheed would be a good coaching fit for Bernard Tomic. Plenty of support in Rafter, Roche, Todd.W & co."
Rasheed, also a one-time coach of Hewitt and Frenchman Gael Monfils, says Tomic needs to have a serious talk with his father and coach John.
"Ok, time for Bernard Tomic to sit down with his father & work out what he (Bernie) wants from the sport - A long term plan & Enjoyment needed,'' Rasheed tweeted from Paris.
Tomic, who reached a career-high No.27 in the world after making the second round at Roland Garros when seeded at a grand slam for the first time, hasn't beaten a higher-ranked opponent since the Australian Open.
It was at Melbourne Park after Tomic lost to Roger Federer in the fourth round that the Swiss great challenged Australia's two-time grand slam junior champion to carry his form onto the smaller stages.
Tomic has always proven a big-stage performer, last year becoming the youngest player since Boris Becker in 1985 to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals and also being the youngest player ever to win a main-draw men's singles match at the Australian Open in 2009.
But he has failed miserably to meet Federer's challenge in 2012, suffering a dozen first-round losses in total.
His best result was a semi-final showing at the season-opening Brisbane International and quarter-finals in Bangkok, Munich and Delray Beach.
Tomic's latest loss has him in danger of slipping from world No.48 to outside the top 50 and also vulnerable to being overtaken by the 51st-ranked Marinko Matosevic as Australian No.1.
10-25-2012, 02:17 AM
Tennis is all Bernard Tomic has ever known, but is it what he really wants?
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October 25, 20121:11PM
WHAT'S eating Bernard Tomic?
From brushes with the law to fuming at journalists and accusations of tanking in matches, it has been the year from hell for the young tennis prodigy.
The alarm bells were ringing well before his recent 6-4 6-0 first round loss at the Shanghai Masters, in which he admitted to giving only "85 per cent."
It came not long after he was accused by John McEnroe of "tanking it" in his US Open capitulation against Andy Roddick.
That was on the court this year.
Off it, Tomic ended up in court on the Gold Coast after being pulled over three times on Australia Day for breaching driving restrictions in his high-powered and very distinctive orange BMW.
Add it all up and it has many wondering what is really going on with the wunderkind.
People forget he is still very young, but many believe it goes deeper than that.
More and more, the burning question is becoming clear - is tennis what Tomic really wants to do?
Has anyone actually ever asked him?
The young man in question has never had a say in the matter.
Maybe he does - when he turns it on he looks destined to become a top-10 player.
To people on the Gold Coast, he appears much older than his 20 years, because it feels like he has been on the scene forever. And maybe that time in the spotlight is starting to weigh on Tomic.
He's had a tennis racquet in his hand from since he could remember with an overbearing father in the background who spruiked him at every opportunity.
Before he was old enough to shave, little Bernie was telling journalists he wanted to be world No.1 and hold every Grand Slam title by the age of 20.
The approach, mixed with Tomic's obvious talent and hard work, helped him to a six-figure, three-year deal with global sports management giant IMG at age 13.
A deal with Nike soon followed.
"He has made the best deal in history for his age,'" Tomic's father, John, told the Gold Coast Bulletin at the time.
"We are satisfied with the contract ... they are very kind people."
John Tomic, who drove taxis when he arrived in Australia to support his family, bought a 50c tennis racquet for Bernard at a Gold Coast garage sale and the rest is history.
Soon Bernard was training nearly every day at the Queen's Park Tennis Centre in Southport, just north of Surfers Paradise.
Many on-lookers were shocked to see the father loudly barking orders at his son day after day, hour after hour.
Tomic Snr, who trained himself to become a tennis coach, never made any apologies for his hard-nosed approach.
After all, he was training his son to become the best.
The Tomic patriarch would welcome journalists into Team Tomic with gusto.
The first time this journalist interviewed Tomic on the Gold Coast, the budding star had just turned 14.
I found him to be a well mannered, shy, a nice kid dealing with a lot on his plate.
His father, meanwhile, whose thick accent made him difficult at times to understand, was intense, intimidating and always hovering.
As his son hit balls in front of us, he enjoyed telling me what I should be writing about Bernard.
He is this, he is that.
He will be great, but he needs to work on this and this.
I got a sense of the pressure he was under when an older man at the tennis centre, who knew the Tomics, came over to half-jokingly ask Bernard for a seat in his box at Wimbledon down the track.
"You will be there with us," John Tomic replied with a wide grin.
The 14-year-old just smiled as well as he collected tennis balls while the hot Gold Coast sun bore down on us.
Make no mistake of it, Tomic Snr is an intimidating character.
The second you wrote something he deemed even mildly negative or not to his liking, you were cut off and so was your organisation for as long as he deemed fit.
It was very much a case of you are either with us or against us.
There were no shades of grey in his world.
This journalist was blacklisted in 2007 for reporting that Tennis Australia had cut Tomic's funding for what they deemed a lack of effort during a French Open juniors match.
When quizzed about it not long afterwards, Tomic Jnr spoke maturely and said he had learnt from it.
His father, however, was livid it was reported in his hometown newspaper.
A few years later, a former colleague built up some trust with Tomic Snr and and became close to the family over time.
But he was also immediately cut off for a story on Tomic's former fitness co-ordinator, who said the teenager needed to put in the hard work off the court.
On the same page as that story, famed tennis coach Nick Bolletteri said Tomic would turn into one "hell of a player".
The closest thing to a public blow-up between the two Tomics came at a tournament in Miami of this year, when Tomic tried to have his dad thrown out of the stadium.
"He's annoying. I know he's my father but he's annoying me. I want him to leave but how's that possible?" Tomic asked the chair umpire.
This was far more significant than a few years earlier when the father ordered his son off the court during a match in Perth.
It is now later October and Tomic is still struggling.
It has led respected analyst Darren Cahill to suggest he must have a heart-to-heart with his father and find a new coach.
"Ok, time for Bernard Tomic to sit down with his father & work out what he (Bernie) wants from the sport - A long term plan & Enjoyment needed,'' Rasheed tweeted from Paris.
That's it in a nutshell - what does Tomic want?
If this is what he wants, he could do worse than to listen to Rasheed's advice.
After all, there is little doubt he has what it takes to be one of the world's best players.
But to get there, he may need to change his methods.
John Tomic loves his son.
But sometimes one needs to know when to take a step back.
In this case, that one step back might be what enables his son to move forward.
Tennis star Bernard Tomic under police investigation after a Surfers Paradise brawl
IF only he fought so long and so hard on the court.
Tennis ace Bernard Tomic is in strife with the law yet again after turning on police during an early morning brawl following a wild night of partying at Surfers Paradise.
Officers were called to the Moroccan Apartments on the glitter strip at 5.30am yesterday after a fight broke out in the spa between Tomic and a male friend. When police arrived they separated the two before Tomic turned on officers.
He reminded police of "who he was" and accused them of running a hate campaign against him after his Australia Day run-in this year.
Police sources said Tomic appeared to be agitated.
The incident comes just days before he is due to face Southport Magistrates Court on a string of hooning charges, including evading police.
On Australia Day this year, Tomic was issued a $300 ticket for driving his bright orange BMW M3 V8 in breach of the special conditions of his licence. Queensland law bans P-platers under 25 from driving eight-cylinder cars. Tomic had an exemption to drive to training.
Tomic was also charged with not keeping his $150,000 car to the left of the double dividing road lines and failing to stop for police. He has previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.
While police have not charged him over this latest run-in, it is still under investigation. The latest incident tops off Tomic's annus horribilis, a year best forgotten both on and off the court.
The man once considered Australia's next great tennis hope has slid from a ranking of 28 to 49 in recent months following a lacklustre performance that has seem him only twice make it past the second round of a tournament.
His efforts have earned him the moniker "Tomic the Tank Engine" after he was accused by John McEnroe of "tanking it" in his US Open capitulation to Andy Roddick.
Tomic's high-profile defence lawyer Chris Nyst said yesterday: "So far as I am aware, there's no suggestion Mr Tomic has committed any offence of any kind. If there is, he certainly hasn't been charged or even questioned about it. So I'm really not sure what all the ruckus is about.
"Obviously the police have seen some use in splashing these allegations in the media, which is pretty unfortunate, particularly given Mr Tomic has to conduct a trial against police in court next week."
Tomic celebrated his 20th birthday last weekend and it is understood the birthday bender lasted for days.
11-01-2012, 07:37 AM
I can't bear to watch Bernard Tomic, says first coach Neil Guiney
BY: CHIP LE GRAND From: The Australian November 01, 2012 12:00AM
THE man who built Bernard Tomic's game says he can hardly bear to watch him play any more. Neil Guiney, who coached Tomic from the age of seven until his launch on to the professional tour, says Tomic must decide whether he wants to play tennis for a living or do something else.
"He is just floundering at the moment," the 80-year-old Guiney said from his home in Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast.
"He goes out there and he is really not competing. Once the pressure really comes on, he just folds. No one knows exactly what is going on in Bernard's mind, but he looks to me like a lost soul out there.
"There is a hell of a lot at stake at the moment and he is really at that point in the road where he has got to take stock."
Tomic is back in the news after Gold Coast police were called to an early morning incident at a hotel spa. However, Tomic's problems have less to do with hot tubs than the hot-house pressure of the men's tour where, at age 20, his world ranking and standing in the sport is in steady decline.
As with any athlete having a wretched run, there is no shortage of advice for Tomic from fellow players, coaches and officials. Yet few people outside of Tomic's family know him as well as Guiney, the coach who taught him him to play.
Guiney says the way to tell whether Tomic has his head in the game is to watch his posture when he is receiving serve. If Tomic has his knees bent and his body low, he has come to play. If he is standing upright on the baseline like he is waiting for a bus, he is telling everyone who knows him he is not interested. Too often this year, Guiney has watched Tomic on TV and seen him "standing up like a stick". This was how Tomic waited to return the serve of American Andy Roddick at this year's US Open, where the Australian was accused by commentator John McEnroe of tanking the match.
Guiney remains fond of Tomic and Tomic's father, John, is an unabashed fan of Guiney. In an interview with The Australian this year, John Tomic described Guiney as the best coach in the world.
Guiney believes Tomic's relationship with his father is now part of the problem. "There is a sort of dysfunctional scene out there," he said. "It is a little like a soapie on television.
"One of his problems is Bernard knows a lot more about it than his father now. His father is there calling the tune and screaming and yelling and Bernard just shuts his ears. So you have got a terrible situation there. He is out of his depth and I think John is out of his depth."
Guiney believes the glaring weakness in Tomic's game is his fitness. Where the best players in the world are prepared to run each other ragged in search of major titles, Tomic cannot keep pace. "There is no inventiveness, there is no change of game," Guiney said.
"There is just this constant plod, plod, plod. I think that is in his mind. He is not fit enough to do what he is trying to do and once his bubble is burst or he loses a set, it just gets worse. You don't see him dig in.
"It is every match now. I can hardly bear to watch him. He is not out there fighting. He is going through the motions and going nowhere."
100% accurate assessment from the former coach. Something has to change...
11-01-2012, 04:40 PM
In this new interview Pat Cash says Bernard is looking for a coach, but we'll see if it actually happens. :shrug:
Cash on Tomic:
He’s looking for a full-time coach at the moment, and his father has said that he’s willing to step back. His father called me about it, so I think they’re talking to a few people. I said to his father that he will struggle to find a good coach who is willing to travel with him full-time. There are good coaches out there, but anyone who takes this on is probably going to have deal with his BS. Tomic has a lot of things he needs to work on. I don’t think anyone who has won a grand slam as a coach or a player is going to be willing to travel with him. What he probably needs right now is a coach who’s a father figure, and probably a mate, too. It’s not something that I would consider as I have too much going on.
Another former player voicing their opinion on Bernard...
Tomic needs an overhaul, says Newcombe
Published: November 21, 2012 - 2:08PM
Tennis great John Newcombe believes Bernard Tomic requires an extreme makeover to have any hope of reviving his flagging career.
Newcombe says the 20-year-old needs to get supremely fit, revamp his predictable game and lose the attitude to realise his potential.
"Bernie's out in the real world now and I don't think he's come to that conclusion," Newcombe said on Wednesday.
"He might have to hit rock bottom first and fall out of the top 100. That can easily happen."
If he continues his run of outs during the Australian summer, after reaching the Brisbane International semi-finals and last 16 at Melbourne Park this year, Tomic will in fact be at risk of slipping from the top 100 as early as January.
Such a dreaded scenario would leave the dual junior grand slam champion having to qualify for premier events and Newcombe suspects Tomic may struggle against the hungrier pros desperate to earn a living.
"They're trained killers out there," said the seven-times grand slam champion and former world No.1.
"I think Bernie thinks it's just going to happen and it's not."
While others are advocating a change of coach from his father John, Newcombe believes Tomic's troubles run deeper than that.
"Unless he's prepared to devote 100 per cent of time and effort to becoming as good as he could become, it doesn't matter who his coach is. It's going to fall apart," he said.
"The answer to Bernard is Bernard.
"Until Bernie makes a decision on what he's willing to do and draws a line in the sand and knuckles down, he's not going to fulfil his full potential.
"I'm not sure also if he realises that his game has become predictable.
"He had a different type of game that worked when he came on to the scene and guys had trouble dealing with it.
"Now they've figured out what he can and what he can't do. They're probing that and it's making Bernie very uncomfortable in his matches, not realising a way out of that."
Tomic has dipped from a career-high No.27 in the world to 52nd in the rankings and Newcombe doubts he'll crack the top 20 with his current playing style.
"He can change that but to play another type of game, he's got to get his fitness up another 30 per cent," Newcombe said.
"Then he can start developing a more powerful game.
"He can volley well; he should be spending more time at the net.
"But if you're not 100 per cent fit, that's hard to do. And if your mobility is not great, that's hard to do.
"If I was giving him advice, I'd say go and find the best physical trainer in the world and go and spend three months getting yourself really fit."
The former Australian Davis Cup captain said Mark Philippoussis, who, like Tomic, stands 196cm tall, had similar problems.
"The answer for Mark was to get 100 percent fit," Newk said.
"When he got himself fit, look what he did. Davis Cup in France, he killed them. Then he made the Wimbledon final when he was 100 percent fit.
"Then he'd slacken off and, a big guy like that, if he's not 100 percent fit, he can't move properly so he can't play.
"And Bernie's not going to beat these guys with the game he's playing.
"He's got to work harder physically than the smaller guys to get that big frame around the court."
Troubled Tomic urged to heed Hewitt’s advice
30 Nov 2012 Herald Sun Leo Schlink
WALLOWING Bernard Tomic has been urged to tap into Lleyton Hewitt’s expertise as the youngster struggles to reverse a depressing form slump.
Tomic, 20, slipped from a career-high ranking of 27 in June to 52 in a season blighted by 12 openinground losses and 10 secondround failures.
Apart from admitting to a sub-standard workrate, the Wimbledon quarter-finalist has also been distracted by several off-court issues.
Tomic’s future is a hot topic at Tennis Australia before the summer circuit starts, as discussions continue over the baseliner’s coaching situation.
TA director Craig Tiley said Tomic and his father — and coach — John were unhappy with many facets of his record of 26 wins from 53 matches this year.
Tiley said Tomic had been encouraged to forge a closer relationship with grand slam winners Hewitt, Pat Rafter and Tony Roche as well as Josh Eagle and Todd Woodbridge.
‘‘Bernard can take some great advice from Pat Rafter, Todd Woodbridge, Josh Eagle, Tony Roche — there’s four people that are part of the Davis Cup team,’’ Tiley said.
‘‘I’d be listening to everything Lleyton tells me, as well. There wouldn’t be a better adviser out there on understanding of what it takes out on the tour.’’
Tiley said much of any potential mentoring would be meaningless unless Tomic was prepared to react.
‘‘Bernard is hearing it. Listening to it is another story and I think the time will come when that will happen,’’ Tiley said.
‘‘We’ve got to find a way for Bernard to wake up one morning and make the commitment to become a great tennis player.’’
Lleyton Hewitt plays mentor after Bernard Tomic fallout
PRIVATE talks with wayward prodigy Bernard Tomic have led Lleyton Hewitt to declare the maligned talent still has a future in tennis.
Hewitt claims Tomic has the potential to cement a top-10 ranking despite the 20-year-old's surprise Davis Cup axing last week.
Disappointed with Tomic's attitude, Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter dumped him for the February tie against Chinese Taipei in Taiwan.
Hewitt said he agreed with Rafter's decision, believing Tomic needs to learn the hard way. He then revealed he has become part of the troubled star's support network.
"I help Bernie out a lot," the former world No.1 said.
"I'm not going to come out and say the things he needs to work on, but between he and I, we've spoken about things.
"I think he feels that he can talk to me, which is a good thing. I can definitely help him in certain areas of his game, for him to make that next stance and try to get back in the top 30 in the world, potentially the top 20 and maybe the top 10."
When asked if he agreed with Rafter's decision to axe Tomic due to his behaviour, Hewitt said: "Pat Rafter has obviously made a stance where you have to live up to his expectations to be part of the Australian David Cup team.
"Obviously Bernie has done a few things that haven't agreed with Pat, especially over the past 12 months or so, and he's going to have to pay a price for that.
"Pat's come in a made some tough decisions, but Pat's heart is in the right place in terms of getting Australian tennis where it belongs.
"And I'm along the same lines as Pat in terms of we belong back in the world group, and that's what our goal is."
Other greats, including Grand Slam winners Sam Stosur and Andre Agassi, questioned Tomic's dedication to the sport, urging the young gun to "knuckle down".
Hewitt said Tomic's performance in his next tournament would depend on how he bounced back from Davis Cup rejection.
"He's obviously done some things during this time, and this is going to be another learning experience," Hewitt said. "There's no doubt he has exceptional talent, but he has to use it in the right way."
20 year old Australian Bernard Tomic has already lost his spot in the Davis Cup squad.
Now, the Australian coudl also lose his driving license after several traffic misdemeanours over the past year.
Accodring to the Gold Coast Australian paper, Tomic has nine demerit points but since Tomicd contested the fines, the points were not processed until the court action was finalised months later.
This allowed Tomic to continue to have his license since the fines and demerits were not processes. But now, transpost officials in Queensland are reveiwing his case and he is expected to lose his license for some time atleast.
Tomic would either face a three-month suspension, or could also be put on a good-driving bond for 12 months.
12-17-2012, 08:15 AM
Perth tennis ace Casey Dellacqua out of Hopman Cup with foot injury
'I've learnt my lessons' says Bernard Tomic
December 29, 2012 12:00AM
BERNARD Tomic's New Year's resolution is to make headlines for his tennis and not his off-court activities.
The 20-year-old kicks off Australia's Hopman Cup campaign today with partner Ashleigh Barty against Germany, but he intends to push himself to the limit to get his world ranking "where it really should be".
"In 2013 I would hope to reach the top 10 by the end of the year," he said in Perth yesterday. "I'm sure if I do the right things and commit like I've agreed to myself, I'll do quite well.
"But I've got to focus. It's tough - you're going to lose some matches. But as long as I keep my head down and work the way I've been working the last two months, then I'll get results."
Tomic had a forgettable 2012 season in some respects. He ended it with three first-round losses, after bombing out of the London Olympics and Wimbledon in the first round.
He had to appear in court on driving charges and then had the police involved again when he and a mate were playing too roughly in a hotel spa following his 20th birthday celebrations.
He was accused of "tanking" by John McEnroe in the US Open and then thrown off the Davis Cup team by Pat Rafter.
"The new year, it's a few days away now. I'm not looking back any more, looking forward and focusing on 2013 and, you know, getting my ranking up to where it really should be."
He is one of three Australians inside the top 100 on the world ATP list: Marinko Matosevic (49), Tomic (52), and Lleyton Hewitt (83). But in June Tomic reached a career-high ranking of 27. That ranking was justified by the fact he reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals just 12 months earlier.
However, the cracks began to appear and Tomic admitted it. "This year was a learning year - it was one of my biggest learning years so far - and it wasn't the underdog feeling I had in 2011, when I did well at Wimbledon.
"It was a different feeling, you know. It was a bit of tournaments to defend and I got used to the pressure, but I didn't handle it quite well.
"I feel I've learned a lot this year and it will help me a lot for the start of 2013.
"You've got to focus and you've got to learn to focus more when you mature and I think I've done that. I've practised a lot on my mind and my patience the last eight weeks and I think I'm hitting the ball better than ever, so we will see how the next three weeks go and it will be good to start fresh and have a good year."
He is starting the new season in Perth - a first for him. "I felt I wanted to make a change. The last three years I spent playing in Brisbane and got a bit used to that. I felt coming here would be good, (it) would be better preparation to play against more top players and have more matches."
Tomic actually had four quality matches in Brisbane last January, losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in the semis.
But he wants more top-end tournament results, particularly at the slams, where the Australian Open has been a good feeding ground for him. He reached the fourth round last time, the third the year before.
"I'm looking to do what I did in Wimbledon and even better, and I think my body is now at a strong level and I think I've worked a lot on my fitness the last few months," he said.
"That's helped me a lot because I didn't have time to work on my fitness and my game throughout the year so I feel like 2013 is going to be a good year for me.
"I expect a lot from myself and I'm sure I can do it."
He feels his off-court dramas are behind him.
"It's just a matter of me committing. It's going to be difficult and I'll lose some matches, but I'll keep pushing forward and focusing on what goals I think I can do."
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Bernard Tomic & father John hold initial talks with Britain's Miles Maclagan about coaching gig. But apparently things went no further
01-07-2013, 03:04 PM
January 6, 2013
SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES
THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.
Q. How do you feel coming into Sydney after a great Hopman Cup for you?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, really good, really confident. I'm just really happy with myself the last week. Couldn't be more happy, I should say.
Now it's a new tournament, and hopefully I can do well and bring my form into this tournament here and go deep in this tournament.
Q. (Question regarding facing Marinko first round.)
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, I mean, it's always strange, and when you play an Australian it's always difficult. I know Marinko well, so it's going to be a little bit strange.
But it's tennis. You know, I've got to go out there and compete and try to win.
That's what I'm going to do.
Q. You already played three solid games in Perth. What are you looking to do in Sydney?
BERNARD TOMIC: I'm looking to do as best I can here and win it if I can. I think my approach last year to tournaments was a bit different.
Now I'm ready to win every tournament I play in and give myself the best opportunity to do as best as I can. I believe I can now, so I'm prepared to play well here. Hopefully I can.
We'll start on Tuesday and see we'll how it goes.
BERNARD TOMIC: I mean, take two months away from tournaments and you really get to learn what you really want. You know, you're spending two, three weeks off then having a little bit of a break and coming back and training for about eight, nine weeks was huge for me.
I had no time to train last year. I kept playing tournament after tournament. I improved so much the past two months, and the results are really showing.
I'm happy with myself. I've got to keep my head up and play well here and in Melbourne next week, the week after.
Q. Is there a little bit extra pressure when you come here? Hopman Cup is an exhibition and obviously it's a good arena and there were lots of people. But now you're at an ATP event and there are rankings points at stake.
BERNARD TOMIC: You know, everyone always asked me if I have pressure. Especially in Australia, I tend to feel like I always do have more pressure, but I play well for some reason. Every since I was 15 or 16, that's when I started always playing well here. I love playing in Australia. It's the best place for me to play and I always do well.
It's time now to take it also away after when I leave and play well there. I feel now I can play well here in Sydney and give myself the best shot of doing the best I can in this tournament.
I'm ready to go. My confidence is there, and hopefully I can do well.
Q. (Question regarding what he's changed to get his current results.)
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, the biggest problems I had last year is I had no time to rest or train. I played a whole bunch of tournaments in a row. Tournaments didn't feel like tournaments to me at a stage because I was just playing. I didn't know what I was playing. I didn't have time to train or prepare.
I think from now I've decided to not play more than three tournaments in a row and have two weeks off after sort of each period. That's when I'm going to give myself the best chance, is when I'm fit and prepared to play each tournament and give 100%.
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, it does, and that's what I need. I think for me, once I play more than four, five tournaments, I get tired. I stop focusing. That's really what I set down to do this year: just focus on the few tournaments that I play in and commit and do well, and then train and rest after and get ready for the other bunch of tournaments after that.
Q. Couple of the top seeds have dropped out this week. Does that open up som opportunities?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, absolutely. Obviously Jo and Gasquet are not playing. They're very solid players and good players, so there is opportunity for whoever is going to take it I think.
But there are obviously a lot of good players here and everyone can play tennis these days. Every match is important. You don't have to beat the whole draw. You have to beat just five, six players to win the tournament. See how it goes this week.
Q. Will you give yourself a really good chance?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, you know, I do. Anyone can beat anyone on their day. I don't know how I'm going to play on Tuesday. Hopefully with the form I'm playing I'm going to play well, and I believe I'm fit and confident and I can play well and win.
You know, we'll see how it goes on Tuesday. Just looking forward to that match. You know, I want to win.
Q. (Question regarding pressure.)
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, I think that's when I play my best tennis is when I am under a bit the pressure. I love it. It's a very different feeling.
I sort of experienced it in a different way last year in Wimbledon and I wasn't quite ready and I reacted differently.
But I love nothing more than playing in Australia. It is honestly the best place for me to play in the world, and that's why I've done so well here the past years.
The pressure is always there. It's how you handle it.
Q. (Question regarding Ashleigh Barty in Perth.) Do you get the sense there is a rising generation coming now to replace Lleyton?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, I think Lleyton has done huge for tennis in Australia over the last decade. What a champion he's been.
Ashleigh, got to know her quite well the last week. She's a great talent, great little player, and I know she's going to be really good.
Johnny obviously played well on Brisbane and was really close to beating Andy, but he's improving. I think he struggled the last six months, but he's got back to playing well. Hopefully he can come up and start playing well.
And obviously now Marinko is up there playing good; Matthew Ebden is as well. We've got a strong team now as opposed to a year ago, and before that I think it was just me that was inside the top 100.
BERNARD TOMIC: It wasn't that I fell out of love, I it was just got that drained and really couldn't put in 100%. Now everything I do now is more than 100% and I'm committing to everything, and that's why I'm playing the tennis I've been playing the past week. I hope I can continue, and I'm sure it will, over the next couple weeks.
I can't wait this whole year to see how I approach it and do really well.
BERNARD TOMIC: I think both. I think mentally and physically it drains you. If you lack one, then I think you lose both of them. Both have got to be strong, and you've got to be strong for every tournament you play in. That's what I've realized.
And you've got to be mentally in the go and willing t play every match and wanting to win. If you can do both that and feel fresh for the tournaments you play, you give yourself the best chance to do well.
Q. How stunned were you by the criticism when you weren't playing well last year?
BERNARD TOMIC: Well, there was a bit of that. It was obviously hard, but I've learnt. It's just a learning curve. I'm happy it all happened in a way because you learn from your mistakes. Now I can continue to go forward and look to something bright this year.
BERNARD TOMIC: I think after I stopped, I think I pulled out of Paris, I think I took two, three weeks off and took some time away and didn't really have that chance to take two, three weeks off tennis during the year.
That's when I really committed and worked extremely hard over the summer. My body is really fit now and I'm playing tennis so, so well. I'm just feeling 100% out there, and that's why the results have been showing.
Hopefully they continue for me.
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, you know, I've felt so much better for myself and in myself, and that's why I've been doing well. It's the best feeling in the world when you know you've trained a lot and you know you're getting the results.
I'm going to continue to work hard and improve. I've got so much to improve on, so hopefully I can keep improving.
Q. (Question regarding tournament scheduling.)
BERNARD TOMIC: I mean, I sat down and said I played over 28, 29 tournaments and three Davis Cup ties. The year before that when I got to I think 40 in the world I played 19 tournaments.
So I looked into that and obviously saw that I wasn't perform in probably ten of the tournaments that I was playing in. I couldn't really because my fitness wasn't there and mentally I wasn't there.
I think for me, I've realized that I need to be ready for every tournament that I play. The best chance I'm going to do that is committing to play three weeks and having a week or two off and doing that consistently.
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, the way now I've been playing, there is no stopping me. I can do really well. I'm not going to say I'll be in the top 10 in two months, three months. I don't know. Could take longer or could happen just like that the way I've been playing.
I believe I'll get there this year. If I keep up this attitude and the way I've been playing, who knows? Could go even higher.
Q. How hard is it hearing from Australian media that you're not professional?
BERNARD TOMIC: Yeah, it was quite difficult, like I said. I was on the road for so long and it was my first big year on the tour. I realized it is a really hard year and it's really difficult.
I didn't approach it well at times, and now I'm happy I've learnt all this and learnt from my mistakes. Now it's all going to come good for me. I know what I need to do this year to give myself the best chance of being a better player.
Q. What about Sydney specifically? What do you like about being here?
BERNARD TOMIC: Oh, man, so many good things about Sydney. I was at the harbor last night. That was pretty good. Oh, there is so much to do here I think. Looking back, I played here well when I was 16 in the qualifying.
Anywhere in Australia that I play is great for me. I chose Sydney for a great preparation and leadup before the Australian Open, and believe I can do well. And giving myself the best chance of doing well in Melbourne is to come here and prepare at the tournament.
Q. (Question regarding Davis Cup.)
BERNARD TOMIC: I mean, look, it's out of the question now. I don't think I'll be participating in that tie or the tie after, in April, I should say.
After that, in September if they need me, then I'll be more than happy to play. Until then, hopefully I can get my ranking up higher.
01-09-2013, 07:25 AM
Tomic in no rush to play Davis Cup
January 9, 2013 - 6:22PM
Pat Rafter's tough love towards Bernard Tomic could backfire after the resurgent youngster said he had no desire to speak with Australia's Davis Cup captain any time soon.
Rafter last month banned Tomic from next month's Asia-Oceania first-round zonal tie in Taiwan, citing a poor attitude, and now it seems the 20-year-old is intent on dishing out his own retribution.
No sooner had he gained sweet revenge over his German Davis Cup conqueror Florian Mayer to power into the Sydney International quarter-finals was Tomic reopening his running battle with Rafter.
Asked at his post-match press conference why he had chosen to also skip the second-round tie in April - presuming Australia makes it - Tomic said he was in no rush to commit.
"I spoke to him. I was very clear," Tomic said.
"I don't think we'll be in contact until September. From there, we'll see. That's all I can say."
September is when Rafter and Cup warrior Lleyton Hewitt are hoping Australia get another crack at re-entry to the 16-nation World Group for 2014.
It appears, though, they may have to talk Tomic around if they want him back involved as well.
Last September, Rafter publicly lambasted Tomic for his meek showing against Andy Roddick at the US Open, saying he was disgusted in his performance.
Rafter still took Tomic to Hamburg for a World Group playoff later that month, but was left unimpressed again when Tomic was involved in an animated courtside exchange with Cup coach Tony Roche during a straight-sets loss to Mayer.
But it wasn't until last month that Rafter and Tennis Australia decided to take disciplinary action against Tomic.
Relations between Rafter and Tomic still seem cold, with Tomic changing his tune somewhat even since the weekend when he said he would be "more than happy to play" in September.
Hewitt on Wednesday said he was disappointed to learn of Tomic's stance.
"I'd like to have a chat with him obviously at some stage about it, more because I know Pat, he's pretty frustrated," Hewitt said in Melbourne, where he is contesting a pre-Australian Open exhibition event.
"He wants to have the best possible team we can have and Bernie's in that, there's no doubt about it.
"So that's a tough one. Obviously he had to work on a few things before he got back in the tie and whether that's had any influence on him missing the second tie, then I don't know.
"I personally haven't spoken to Bernie about it but I feel like the last year-and-a-half, two years, I'm probably the closest out of anyone with him, which a lot of people would find amazing after a few years ago."
Hewitt, who fell out with Tomic after a Wimbledon practice snubbing in 2009, indicated he was likely to wait until after the Open before trying to talk with his suspended Cup teammate.
"It's not the right time," Hewitt said.
"It's disappointing he's not playing the first tie, but that's for other reasons than Bernie missing it himself.
"There's still a bit of time left before the second one. We'll have to wait and see and that's Pat's call."
Pat Rafter, and others in the Australian Tennis establishment, have treated Bernie like dirt. At a time in his career when he needed support they joined the media frenzy in kicking him when he was down. They then drop him from the Davis Cup squad even though he has a really good record in the competition and has been eager to play in it (unlike some other players of his generation) on the basis of one bad match against Mayer on clay. In the last two play off ties he has done what was needed of him in beating Wawrinka and Marcel-Stebe and it was Hewitt's failure to beat those players which cost Australia the tie. If he is resentful about what happened who could blame him? He owes Rafter and Co absolutely nothing and if I was him I would wait for them to beg me to come back and play.
01-29-2013, 01:04 AM
Tomic caught speeding on Coast
Robyn Wuth | 11:50am January 29, 2013
FERRARI-driving tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic has done it again -- caught speeding on the Gold Coast this morning.
This time, it will cost the tennis ace his driver's licence.
The tennis star was granted a 12-month one-point good-behaviour licence last month after a string of hooning and driving offences across the city.
It lasted less than a month before the 20-year-old was caught speeding in a bright yellow Ferrari on Salerno Street on the Isle of Capri travelling at a speed of 78km/h through the 60km/h zone.
It was a $220 ticket and carries a loss of three demit points -- game, set and match for Tomic's open licence.
ANOTHER Australian tennis summer done, another Gold Coast blonde bombshell bites the dust.
I actually find this quite funny :lol:
Wonder who will be for next AO, brunette maybe?
02-11-2013, 08:22 PM
Is Bernie unlucky (to have got caught speeding) or just plain dumb ??
02-12-2013, 12:14 AM
Probably both but he seems to like any attention, positive or negative. Usually more of the latter.
03-24-2013, 07:46 AM
Bernard Tomic jeered off court after Andy Murray sweeps wins in straight sets in Miami
DAVIS Cup-bound Bernard Tomic blamed illness after being jeered when humbled 6-3 6-1 by world No.2 Andy Murray at the Miami Masters.
World No.45 Tomic managed to win only 10 points in the second set of their second round clash on a steamy Florida afternoon and he put his problems down to the effect of too much air-conditioning on a troublesome virus.
"I didn't play very good in the second set," acknowledged Tomic, who is also teaming with Lleyton Hewitt in doubles in Miami after being restored to the Australian Davis Cup team for its tie against Uzbekistan on April 5-7.
"I didn't feel at 100 per cent. I tried my best but it was not good enough.
"I've had some sort of flu for the last few days. I can't breath through my nose and I lose energy quickly on court.
"I felt good in my first round, but I must have slept under too much A/C.
The match was played in very hot conditions, and I was soon struggling. After losing the first set it was going to be really difficult to come back from a set down."
Although Tomic offered little resistance in the second set, Murray wasn't sure that he deserved the jeers he heard from the crowd, who may have had memories of Tomic's US Open second round flogging from Andy Roddick last August, when he was accused of tanking by John McEnroe when losing the last set 6-0.
"The one thing I would say is that if you aren't used to playing in these conditions, it is extremely hot and tough to play," Murray said.
"It is tough when you're going behind and making quite a lot of mistakes.
"So I don't know. The crowd, they're free to do whatever they want."
Tomic, champion in Sydney in the run-up to the Australian Open, heads next to Munich when his doubles run is done in Miami to train with the Australian team for the Davis Cup tie in Uzbekistan.
Tomic said he was genuinely pleased to be back on the Davis Cup team. The 20-year-old Queenslander has won eight of his 10 singles rubbers and will be a welcome asset to skipper Pat Rafter in the Asia-Oceania Zone second-round tie.
"I'm very, very happy to be back on the team," said the player whose feud with Rafter exploded last year.
Tomic had originally said he would not be available for the upcoming tie after being left off the side which beat Chinese Taipei in February because of what Rafter called a lack of professionalism.
"I always want to play Davis Cup. I want to thank Pat for picking me," Tomic said.
"Wherever it is I'll always be happy to play for country.
"Lleyton has always told me what a huge thing Davis Cup is. We have a good chance to beat Uzbekistan. I'm back where I want to be, I'm looking forward to playing Davis Cup again and I'll give my best."
(March 23, 2013) MIAMI - I spoke with Bernard Tomic, who recently revealed that Australia’s Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter has asked him to play in their next tie against Uzbekistan, ending a dramatic standoff between Tomic and Tennis Australia.
Amy Fetherolf: Who approached whom during the talks to get you back in the Davis Cup fold? Did you talk to Pat Rafter or did he approach you?
Bernard Tomic: It was a decision we were going to meet at the Australian Open. I said to him very clear I’ll be ready to play and I’ll be available. I was told that I wasn’t going to play the second one. Was a whole lot of nonsense I think, because at the end of the day I said, “Possibly, we’ll see.” When I had a chat with him, everything was fine. The last thing I want do is not play Davis Cup. It’s a huge thing for me, and everybody on the team is ready to go now. Like I said, I’m happy to get this chance to play. Wherever it is, I’m going to try very hard, and hopefully we can win as a team.
AF: What was the rationale behind Rafter inviting you to play again? You’ve talked a lot about working harder lately. Was it a result of your improved work ethic, or was it something else?
BT: I think obviously my results the last two months have been really good. Obviously, Pat had to make a decision whether to pick me, and we had a chat. I’m happy he did pick me, and I’m ready to play. It’s amazing for me to play Davis Cup. In the future, I never want to miss a tie. Davis Cup for me is huge. I’m ready to go and to get back on a roll playing for Australia.
AF: So you and Lleyton are preparing to possibly play doubles in Davis Cup? [The pair is scheduled to play doubles together in Miami.]
BT: Yeah, we are. This is the first time. It was a dream for me growing up to meet Lleyton. Now to play with him for the first time in an actual tournament, today’s a very, very cool day for me. I’m going to use it as much as I can to play Lleyton. I learn so much every time I practice with him and when I’m with him. He’s an amazing guy, hopefully we can win some doubles.
AF: You two have been practicing together a lot lately, and Lleyton said that you spent a great deal of time together during the Olympics. Has the relationship between you two warmed up?
BT: The relationship’s fine. He’s an amazing guy. I’ve come to learn the last few years what impact he’s had for tennis, not just for me, but for a lot of people and kids around the world. To spend time with him and learn a lot from a person like that who was a former champion, if you can learn from that, you only do yourself good.
03-24-2013, 10:26 AM
I'd love to think that he is playing this terribly from general illness. But fuck.....there;s only so many general illness claims someone can make you know :unsure:
03-24-2013, 04:09 PM
I'm skeptical over his illness claims. If he was really that sick that he couldn't put in a better performance then perhaps it would have been better to just withdraw to save himself from the tanking claims again.
I remember last year how he was apparently sick between RG and Wimbledon (and that's when the losing streak started). If he is genuinely sick all these times then maybe he should start taking care of himself better. :shrug:
03-24-2013, 09:17 PM
Quoted in Aticle (above) from Murray"
"Although Tomic offered little resistance in the second set, Murray wasn't sure that he deserved the jeers he heard from the crowd, who may have had memories of Tomic's US Open second round flogging from Andy Roddick last August, when he was accused of tanking by John McEnroe when losing the last set 6-0.
"The one thing I would say is that if you aren't used to playing in these conditions, it is extremely hot and tough to play," Murray said."
Murraaayyy - trying to be too nice: Tomic trains on the Gold Coast - that weather is home for him, his bread & butter - that was not the problem.
Some of the biggest names in Australian tennis have been called in to support Bernard Tomic in the wake of an assault charge levelled against his father and coach.
John Tomic appeared in a Madrid court overnight, after being accused of headbutting his son's French training partner Thomas Drouet.
He denied the charge and will be back in court for a judge to decide his guilt or innocence at a May 14 hearing, by which time Bernard Tomic is likely to be in Italy playing in the Rome Masters - a key lead-up tournament to this month's French Open.
If found guilty, John Tomic is likely to be banned from coaching by the ATP, the world governing body of men's tennis.
Australian Davis Cup coach Josh Eagle is in Madrid and will provide whatever immediate help the 20-year-old Tomic needs.
Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter, coaching great Tony Roche and Tennis Australia's head of professional tennis Todd Woodbridge will also spend much of the next two months in Europe, taking in the French Open and Wimbledon.
"The key for us in this whole thing is making sure that Bernard's welfare is being taken care of," Woodbridge told AAP on Tuesday.
"Bernard's got a really good relationship with Tony Roche, who's become a really good mentor.
"And although there's been some stuff written about Pat and Bernard, they really came together at the last Davis Cup tie in Namangan (against Uzbekistan in April)."
Woodbridge contacted Bernard Tomic overnight to find out how he was coping with the arrest of his father.
"What's important is that tennis will be a bit of a sanctuary for him," said Woodbridge.
"This might not help his tennis in the short term, but Bernard has been really good at playing under these stresses and duress.
"He likes to be talked about, he likes to be the focus, although obviously this is a different sort of focus."
Drouet, who is from Monaco, appeared at the Madrid court with a neck brace and white plaster over his nose.
John Tomic's lawyer Carmen Dieguez said his client had struck his son's training partner with his head only because his own arms were being held by Drouet and he had to protect himself from falling over.
Tomic opted for a court hearing rather than paying a fine, she told reporters.
Drouet earlier claimed he had been "treated like a dog" by the coach.
Bernard Tomic has made a poor start to the European clay-court season and lost in straight sets to Czech veteran Radek Stepanek in the first round of the Madrid Masters.
French sports newspaper L'Equipe quoted Bernard Tomic as saying that he had been with his physical trainer at the time of the incident between his father and Drouet and hadn't seen or heard anything.
"It's a very odd situation," he was quoted as saying. "I wanted to talk to Thomas, but he was in hospital. I haven't seen my father since then."
Drouet told News Ltd the incident followed months of mistreatment by John Tomic.
He also claimed he saw Tomic Sr punch Bernard in the mouth during a practice session last Tuesday, leaving the player in tears.