Bernard Tomic felt 'bored' during his first-round Wimbledon defeat

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Form which stood in stark contrast to the 24-year-old's performance against the same opponent just the week before when Tomic had destroyed Zverev.

Asked why he called for the trainer, Tomic said: "I just thought I'd try to break a bit of momentum, to use that as my strategy, because I was just playing very bad and feeling bad out there. I don't know why but I felt a little bit bored out there", he said.

Tennis and Wimbledon legend Martina Navratilova blasted Tomic in her role as a commentator. It wasn't just that he lost but the way he lost, with little effort or interest, and a casual indifference to it all that has triggered such strong reactions from the tennis fraternity. He pointed out, "For the record, I played around 800 ATP World Tour matches, never pulled a ripcord once and played through a lot of injuries". You know, I've won titles in my career, and I've made finals. It's not there. I couldn't care less if I make the fourth round US Open, or I lose the first round. To me, everything is the same. "To me everything's the same, and I know I'm going to play another 10 years and I know after my career I won't have to work again, so for me this is mental".

His honesty has caused quite a bit of controversy in the tennis community. It's the lack of respect for the sport, for other players and for the fans themselves, that leads someone like Navratilova to say that maybe he ought to find himself another job. ESPN's tennis analyst, Brad Gilbert, is disgusted by the comments.

Mischa Zverev is waiting for his next opponent
GETTYMischa Zverev is waiting for his next opponent

Bernard Tomic admitted Tuesday he had lost all motivation for tennis and couldn't care less if he won or lost as every single Australian crashed out of Wimbledon men's first round.

"Everything he said was just created to cause trouble for him - it was an impressive amount of self-flagellation".

"You have to respect the sport".

"Really, me being out there on the court, to be honest with you, I just couldn't find any motivation". The spectators, they paid good money. they spend good money to come here and watch Wimbledon and the guy shows up and doesn't really show up, doesn't try.

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Tomic's fellow Australians have also been embarrassed by his words.

"To say the things that he said in the press conference today is a disgrace", Stubbs said.

Does Bernard Tomic need help?

Tomic has played 322 tour-level matches.

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Does everyone else give 100 per cent effort at all times, always turning up to their workplace in prime mental and physical condition? He is hoping that he may win some tournaments at the U.S. Open this year.

While Tomic's form has fluctuated he's had a number of issues off court to deal with - notably his relationship with his father. Do you agree with Brad Gilbert that he should just stop playing if he is so bored?

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