Rest just the tonic for Tomic

11 Oct

Tomic still welcome in Sydney

Aussie young gun Bernard Tomic has admitted his guns are out of firepower as his “breakout” year on the ATP tour came to a grinding halt in China, at the Shanghai Masters event. Tomic looked to be heading for the Top 20 as he bamboozled players with his unique talent, peaking at #27 in June. Since then it has been 9 out of 12 first round losses as his ranking slides, and will bottom out below 50 in the next ranking update.

Following his 6-4, 6-0 loss to German Florian Mayer, Tomic confessed to only giving “roughly 85%” in his match. In doing so he opens himself up to repeats of the criticism from John McEnroe, Pat Rafter, Paul McNamee and host of tennis experts. Labelled a “disgrace” by Rafter, who “was obviously tanking” by McEnroe following an insipid performance at the US Open. Tomic has done himself no favours by dropping another match 6-0 in the closing set, and to make it worse concede in his presser that “it has been a long year” and also that “the mental skill is one of my biggest problems”. Honest – yes, smart – no.

We keep being reminded that Tomic is only 19 – but 19 only for another week. His lack of maturity is clearly evident.  “it’s scary how much I have improved” – “it will be very soon that I start beating the top 4” – quotes from this years Australian Open. And in China he attributes his slide down the rankings to a poorly planned schedule, that has “cost me a lot of matches I should have won”.

Tomic has pulled out of the Swedish Open next week and is unlikely to play the Swiss Indoor the following week. It could be time to rest, recover and re-invent himself as an Aussie battler. He has plenty of time.

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