Bernard Tomic can’t just handle the heat? Tomic dropped out of his match against Benoit Paire on Sunday in the Italian Open even before the game hit its 10-minute mark.
“I was feeling bad all night. I couldn’t play with the heat. I felt so, so bad, and I felt like I was going to collapse. It was the best thing for me to do to retire. … The main thing is to get it out of my system,” 23-year old Tomic said in an ESPN report.
By then, Paire already had the game 2-1 against Tomic before Tomic ended the game, complaining of feeling unwell in Rome. They were given the third slot for the afternoon of May 8 with Rome’s temperature heating up to 19 degrees Celsius with a humidity of 63%.
This was not the first time Tomic displayed unusual behavior on the court while vying for a title. In his match against Fabio Fognini in the Madrid Open after refusing to answer a match point and ended up holding his racquet by the strings and pointing the handle to the net.
Australian Chef de mission Kitty Chiller has already called the attention of Tomic and fellow tennis pro Nick Kyrgios for their unfavorable display of behavior while playing on the court.
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“I think it was appalling behaviour. It goes against every … value that all the Olympians live by, it goes against everything that we’ve been trying to build in this team. I would not want to see any of our Olympic team members behave in that way,” she said in a Guardian report.
If Bernard Tomic does not get up his act, he could lose the chance to represent Australia in the Rio Summer Olympics. After his retirement against Paire, Bernard Tomic has no schedule posted yet.
Meanwhile, the winner of the Italian Open singles will be up against world number one Novak Djokovic who comes fresh from winning the Madrid Open.