Bernard Tomic has been proven right after saying he would test positive for Covid-19 after his Aus Open qualifier.
Australian tennis bad boy Bernard Tomic has been proved right after he was outraged that he would test positive for Covid-19 after his Australian Open qualifying capitulation.
Tomic was thrashed 6-1 6-4 on Tuesday against the world’s number 146, Russian Roman Safiullin, as the first step in the 29-year-old’s comeback to tennis.
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Tomic fell apart in the opening set, lost in 23 minutes, and shortly afterwards entered into a colorful conversation with the chair umpire at the change of ends.
Tomic also declined to do press release after the game, saying on the pitch that he believed he would test positive for Covid.
“I’m sure I’ll test positive for the next two days, I’ll tell you that,” Tomic told the referee.
“I’ll treat you to dinner if I don’t test positive within three days. Otherwise you will buy me food.
“I can’t believe no one is being tested. They let players get on the field with quick tests in their room. Come on.
“No official PCR testing.”
On Wednesday, Tomic was isolating in his hotel room, posting that he was “feeling really sick, I’m back in my hotel room now”.
While Australia is no stranger to Tomic’s post-match apology, this proved to be no excuse as the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reported on Thursday that he tested positive for the virus 48 hours after coming to court.
“I still feel quite sick,” Tomic told the papers. “I feel worse mentally than physically because I was really motivated to make a comeback and show the Australian public that I can be the tennis player they expect me to be. I am disappointed that this virus has stopped me from doing that.
“I know it may not seem like it, but this is the beginning of my return. The illness just kept me from firing on all cylinders. No matter how much I tried, I didn’t have the energy to fight. I’m going to give it all to get back to the top. I really appreciate everyone’s support.”
Tomic is not the first Australian player to contract the disease after Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the Sydney Tennis Classic following a positive case.
It came at the worst possible time for Tomic, who said he would give his tennis career one last push.
At the age of 18, Tomic came on the scene and became the youngest player since Boris Becker to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2011.
Now he has set himself the goal of making the top 10 in “two or three years.”
“I’m going to try to turn this around and give myself the best chance in the coming years. I have one more chance for this. I’ll try to do it for myself,” he told the Gold Coast Bulletin in December.
“Now it’s about doing it right and having a good chance for the next five or six years and trying to get back to the top.”
“I miss that kind of feeling.”
It comes during a week when his new influencer girlfriend Keely Hannah was revealed, while his ex Vanessa Sierra took a bitter swipe at the controversial tennis star.