Most professional tennis players would have a wealth of excuses to hand for losing such an important match as the opening round at Wimbledon. Not so Bernard Tomic who has been refreshingly honest in admitting he lacks motivation and that a lack of application was mostly behind his shock loss to wildcard entrant David Goffin this week.
The 19-year-old prodigy, who was ranked 27th in the world earlier this month and had that much-coveted grand slam seeding status, first came to the general public’s attention at last year’s Wimbledon when he become the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals since Boris Becker. Sadly this effort was not to be repeated this year, and despite reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open in January Tomic has had difficulty maintaining consistency in the matches that he’s played since. This was more than evident in his match against Goffin, where the teenager exploded in an unusual display that involved a smashed racquet – “I’m not normally like that but it’s a good I guess sign of relief when you smash a racquet.”
Since his success at the Australian Open, Tomic has had more than his fair share of personal struggles to deal with including splitting from his girlfriend, having to remove his father and coach John from the stands of a tournament in Miami and suffering with a severe virus in the run up to the grass court slam. The Australian openly admitted what was at fault behind his Wimbledon loss “My concentration has been up and down…To be honest; I haven’t been really working hard the last two months”.
Although Tomic has lost the ranking points he accrued last year, this is only his second season in the professional ranks and he is adamant that taking time out to re-focus before the London Olympics will be the best thing for him to do – “It’s a learning curve and I’m lucky I’m getting hit with these things at this age now. I’m going to take a few days off. I’ve got to get back on track.”