'Tomic the tank engine' strikes again in controversial loss

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.

Tomic missed an easy volley and didn’t look too upset about losing. Image: Eurosport

After winning the first set, many watching on thought Tomic ‘tanked’ in the second set after going down an early break.

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.

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.

with AAP