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Bernard Tomic Shows Us The Wrong Way To Tank On Match Point

The cliche saying of it’s not over until the fat lady sings seems to have gone astray for one Australian tennis player, Bernard Tomic.

The world number 22’s on court attitude has again been scrutinised after he played match point against Fabio Fognini in the Madrid Open using the wrong end of his racquet, seemingly as a sign that he had conceded defeat before the final play. The match itself was nothing memorable for Tomic, having been down 6-2, 5-4 and 40-0 by Fognini before he appeared to throw in the towel.

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In this instance the public outcry isn’t so much about Tomic’s ability to play good tennis but more so his lack of determination. In the video of the match point, Tomic appears to barely swing for the ball with his inverted racquet as it sailed past him to close the match in round one of the tournament.

Tomic hasn’t been in his best form since his wrist injury in the third round of the Indian Wells match against Milos Raonic in March. For now Tomic hasn’t been reprimanded of fined for his on-court (in)action with the ATP reporting his current 2016 earnings to be sitting at $516,268.


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