Bernard Tomic Admits He’s “Bored” With Tennis After Woeful Wimbledon Loss

Aussie Wimbledon hope Bernard Tomic has straight-up copped to being “bored” with tennis, following his unceremonious first-round loss. 
The mercurial 24-year-old was defeated 6-4 6-3 6-4 overnight by Mischa Zverev, in a performance that was roundly criticised by fans.

His reasoning for that admittedly poor performance is less physical – see his unlucky mate Nick Kyrgios for more on that one – than mental, and we guess, existential. 

Speaking to the press pack after the match, Tomic admitted that he simply isn’t getting the kicks out of tennis that he’s used to, and that the whole thing is a bit dull to him.

“I don’t know why, but I felt a little bored out there to be completely honest with you,” Tomic said.

Tomic then dipped into weird Infinite Jest territory, admitting that the once-driving factor of success on the court now means precious little to him.
When asked if that kind of performance will reemerge in matches to come, Tomic said “well, I’ve done a lot in my career, and I paid the price… there are many, many good players, that will not win Slams, and hopefully, maybe, I can win one in my career. Maybe not. We’ll see.
“I see, for example, Zverev winning Rome, and achieving… You know, I’ve won titles in my career, and I’ve made finals. A bunch of them.

“So I feel, you know, holding a trophy, or doing well – it doesn’t satisfy me any more. 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. I know I’m going to play another ten years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again. So, for me, this is mental.”

For what it’s worth, Zverev said Tomic’s confusing play almost made his win more difficult. 

The German said “I don’t know what was wrong with him but I could definitely tell he was not 100 per cent…

“I didn’t know what to expect, because between points he was walking slowly, and he definitely acted like something was wrong.”
Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
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