Bernard Tomic blasted by Roger Rasheed after early French Open exit

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 | 0

Bernard Tomic has found himself at the receiving end again after making an early exit from the French Open.

The controversial Australian, once tipped to be the future of tennis, put on a tame show as he went down to 1-6 4-6 1-6 to American youngster Taylor Fritz in the first round on Tuesday.

With the defeat, Tomic’s record worsened to 5-14 this season, winning just one of his last nine matches so far.

And Roger Rasheed, a veteran Australian coach, didn’t mind ripping through Tomic following his another flop show.

“It’s probably what we’ve come to expect with Bernie, with his tennis and what his career has delivered,” Rasheed told Sky Sports (as quoted by sportingnews).

“He’s shown he’s got potential, but we’ve seen that around the globe in all different shapes and sizes. The actual output doesn’t exist on a professional level at all.”

The 50-year-old, who has coached the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Gael Monfils, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov and Richard Gasquet, went to the extent of saying Tomic shouldn’t be given monetary rewards.

“He shouldn’t be rewarded – even at this level,” he said.

“The fact that he gets to take away a decent pay cheque and went out and said he doesn’t like the clay.

“His press conference was poor, he was giving one worded answers.

“Nothing about it has anything where you could be a young child, or young sportsman in Australia looking up to that and thinking ‘I want to be a tennis player.’

“It’s disappointing in a whole lot of facets, but it’s the norm. It’s his DNA and it’s not going to change.”

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