Australian star Bernard Tomic, who disappointed at Wimbledon by declaring he was bored with the game as well as faking an injury in his opening match against Mischa Zverev for which he was subsequently fined heavily, has now gone on Australian TV and admitted he is now playing tennis just for the money and has no love for the sport.
Don't play tennis. Do something you love and enjoy, because it's a grind, and it's a tough, tough, tough life. My position, I'm trapped. I have to do it Bernard Tomic
The 24-year-old has already earned over £5million but – in what has been described as a frank interview – he has suggested that his fans should not pay to come and watch him.
“Don’t come,” Tomic, who has slipped from a career high of 17 to 73 in the world rankings, said late Sunday. “Just watch on TV, you don’t have to pay anything.
“Throughout my career I’ve given 100 percent. I’ve given also 30 percent. But if you balance it out, I think all my career’s been around 50 percent,” the controversial Aussie added. “I haven’t really tried, and (still) achieved all this. So it’s just amazing what I’ve done.”
And he doesn’t believe tennis would be a good career choice.
“Don’t play tennis. Do something you love and enjoy, because it’s a grind, and it’s a tough, tough, tough life. My position, I’m trapped. I have to do it,” he said.
“Tennis chose me. It’s something I never fell in love with. You know, I like it.”
And when reminded about his lack luster performance at Wimbledon and his subsequent comments, he was adamant. “I don’t regret what I said. That’s why I said it – to piss a few people off. I didn’t come from a rich family. We had no money.
“And now living in all these lavish houses and property around the world, it’s my choice. It’s something that I’ve worked for.”