2017 Wimbledon will not go down as a memorable one for the nation of Australia. On the court, no Australian player advanced past the first round – the nation’s worst showing since World War II – and off the court, World No. 44 Bernard Tomic set about embarrassing both himself and his fans.
As relayed by ABC, speaking after his 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 first round loss to Mischa Zverev, Tomic admitted he felt “bored” playing in the event. Asked by a reporter if he would give back the prize money he earned for his percieved lack of effort, he declined, then responded:
“I worked 10 hours a day with my father, having no money in our life from the age of eight to 15. We were driving a $500 car to now having millions and earning millions at 24, having houses all over the world. You probably don’t like me but, at only 24, you guys can only dream about having what I have at 24.”
The comments earned him a 20,000 AUD fine and prompted a fierce backlash from the tennis world. Tomic’s father admitted he was “ashamed” by his son’s comments:
“He’s my son, I love him, but I’m ashamed at how he’s approaching his business – it’s not good what he’s doing.”
Former Australian Wimbledon Champ Pat Cash…