No rift with coach: Tomic
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.''