Bernard Tomic has been slammed yet again after a ‘lazy and disinterested’ performance in US Open qualifiers.
Thanasi Kokkinakis rallied from a set down to beat Tomic in their all-Australian qualifier at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday (AEST), moving one step closer to a place in the main draw.
Kokkinakis reeled off eight straight games after dropping the first set on his way to a 3-6 6-0 6-3 victory and a spot in the second round of qualifying, where he will play German Yannick Maden.
However it was Tomic’s typically insipid performance that was the talk of fans after the match.
After winning the first set, many watching on thought Tomic ‘tanked’ in the second set after going down an early break.
Is there a more seismic squandering of talent occurring on the pro tour than Tomic? Inevitably, he will come to regret the precious time and opportunity being wasted.
— Eric Perkins (@ericperkinslaw) August 21, 2018
— Anna Van der W (@AnnaNono22972) August 21, 2018
— 𝖉𝖔𝖓𝖎 (@dondonmian) August 21, 2018
Tomic currently playing "I'm not a tennis player, get me out of here" at the US Open qualifiers
— Fresh PrinceofBelair (@trimbowlme) August 21, 2018
Kokkinakis does everyone a favour and knocks Tomic out of qualifying #usopen
— Matt (@Mattys123) August 21, 2018
Did Tomic try in 2nd set?
— kidneytweets (@kidddrokk) August 21, 2018
Tomic the tanker. Same old Bernie pic.twitter.com/0czoTvyg8j
— Andrew Harper (@akharper72) August 21, 2018
He went on to lose the set 0-6, unable to stop the rot in the third set and being bundled out.
A number of fans also thought Tomic didn’t look particularly upset about losing either.
Tomic didn't seem to bothered in losing to Kokkinakis. Kokk served very well the last two sets. Maden won't be the easiest match for him, he's playing well, but if Kokk plays the way he did the final two sets vs Maden, he will win and will qualify.
— Francis (@smelllikesugar) August 21, 2018
The great Bernard Tomic is out. I'm sure he tried well you know sort of.
— V (@Rfighterer) August 21, 2018
— Brodie Sumich (@Brodiesuma) August 21, 2018
His ‘lazy’ effort was summed up by a shocking miss in the third set, dumping a regulation volley into the net when Kokkinakis had seemingly conceded losing the point.
Tomic promised to get his tennis career back on track when he walked out of TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ earlier this year, but it doesn’t appear that anything has changed.
Meanwhile, fellow Aussie Alex Bolt beat Italian Stefano Napolitano 6-3 7-5 to progress to the last 64, with 16 berths on offer for the final grand slam of 2018.