Bernard Tomic did not hold back as he directed a stunning tirade at the press following Australian Open qualifying.
Tomic was once the golden boy of Australian Tennis, reaching as high as number 17 in the world rankings back in 2016.
However, he has since seen his career drastically deteriorate, not least due to admitting to faking an injury at Wimbledon in 2017 claiming he was ‘bored’ with the tournament.
The controversies kept coming and he now finds himself ranked outside the world’s top 200 and needing to qualify for the Australian Open.
And, after successfully doing so with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (10-7) win over John-Patrick Smith in Doha, he took exception to being asked if he still had the desire to play tennis.
“I am in Doha, I risked my life flying here, my health, COVID’s around, many sick, with many things that can go wrong.
“I’m risking my life, and I’m playing and competing. Of course, I want to get there.
“Otherwise I’d be hanging my rackets up. I don’t need to play tennis again, I’ve got enough money – so why are you asking me that question? Don’t ask questions like that.”
“You’re the people who write the bad stuff about me. I’ve qualified for a slam – what should you be writing?
“I don’t think you guys have been fair towards me in the last half-decade, (or) decade. You can spin it whatever way you want, but don’t escape the fact I’ve qualified for a slam.”
“If you like me and you’re a fan of me, write nice.”
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