Bernard Tomic Expresses Regrets Over His Bad Boy Antics

Published 12/11/2021, 9:02 AM EST
Australia’s Bernard Tomic speaks at a news conference after withdrawing from his mens’ singles quarter final match against Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili at the Sydney International tennis tournament in Sydney, January 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Australian tennis star Bernard Tomic has been an infamous name on the tennis circuit. The 29-year-old has created a ‘bad-boy-of-tennis’ image for himself over the past years.

Tomic was once ranked at World No. 17 but has since fallen to the 254th spot. In a recent interview, the Australian, now 29, has shared his regret over his past self and his antics.

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Bernard Tomic regrets his old self’s antics

Tomic had come to be known for his negative attitude towards the sport. Furthermore, his on-court and off-court actions painted him in quite a negative light.

He had claimed he was ‘bored’ of tennis, and began flaunting and talking about his wealth. Clearly, it didn’t make him much of a fan favorite. Moreover, his on-court antics even made his opponents lose respect for the Australian.

Talking to the Courier Mail about one event, in particular, Tomic opened up about how he felt about his behavior at the 2018 Australian Open qualifiers. After a relatively unknown Lorenzo Sonego beat him early on, Tomic was very blunt and rude with the journalists.

“I just count money, that’s all I do. I count my millions,’ he had said. ‘You go do what I did (on court). Bye bye.” Sadly, this was not the only time that the Australian had flaunted his wealth.

Moreover, Tomic was the youngest player to compete at Wimbledon. In a conversation with reporters after a loss at the 2017 Wimbledon, Tomic had claimed he was bored of the sport. Furthermore, he bragged about his money, saying, “You probably don’t like me but, at only 24, you guys can only dream about having what I have.

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Tennis – International Premier Tennis League – Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore – 20/12/15 International Premier Tennis League Final Men’s Singles – Indian Aces’ Bernard Tomic in action. Action Images via Reuters / Jeremy Lee Livepic

Now, an older, wiser Bernard Tomic looks back at everything he said and did and regrets it. He regrets a lot of the “dumb s***” he said to the media. He even admits that those things were what “a kid would say”.

However, all is not lost for the Tomic, as he now looks to make a comeback run on the next tour. “I’ve got one more chance at this. I’ll try and do it for myself,” he says, stating his intention to climb back to the top of the rankings.

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Bernard Tomic will now be looking to redeem himself through effort and is determined to finish his infamous career on a good note. Do you think he’ll be able to do it?

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Samarveer Singh

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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