Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic's 'bored' remarks at Wimbledon raise eyebrows
11:56 AM, Jul 5, 2017
LONDON (AP) - Bernard Tomic just "wasn't there" during his first-round loss at Wimbledon.
The 24-year-old Australian, playing at the All England Club for the eighth time, lost to Mischa Zverev 6-4, 5-3, 6-4.
"I just started bad the first set, and then, mentally, I wasn't there after he broke me in the second," Tomic said.
"Some weeks I play well and beat a bunch of players and do super well in tournaments. ... But now it's a roller coaster, and I just can't seem to find, like, the commitment to work hard, to enjoy (playing) and to lift trophies."
Tomic has won three titles, breaking through to win in Sydney in 2013 before claiming consecutive titles in Bogota, Colombia, in 2014 and 2015.
"I feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, it doesn't satisfy me anymore," Tomic said. "It's not there. I couldn't care less if I make a fourth-round U.S. Open or I lose (in the) first round. To me, everything is the same. I'm going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won't have to work again."
He shot down a question about whether he'd give back his prize money because of his performance and disagreed with a suggestion that he didn't give his best effort against Zverev.
"While I do feel a bit of guilt and I'm like, maybe I could have played four or five sets, but in my opinion, he played well and I was just playing terrible and I just couldn't find any rhythm, and he deserved to win," Tomic said.
Former tennis star and current ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert spoke on Tomic's effort and responded to the player's "bored" remarks: