• Tomic to drop from top Aussie ranking spot

    10/25/12 9:43 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Tomic to drop from top Aussie ranking spot The run at national No. 1 is over for Bernard Tomic with the tapped-out player set to be passed on Monday by Marinko Matosevic as the Aussie top dog on the ATP.

    Tomic, who stood 48th, will be crashing out of the top 50 after losing his third straight match in the first round, this time in Basel. Matosevic, who played a Los Angeles semi-final last summer and got to the Vienna quarters last week, is set for a bump upwards to his No. 51 ranking.

    Matosevic has been keeping his run of form alive this week in Basel, where he is playing for the quarter-finals.

    Tomic turned 20 last weekend but has not been celebrating a happy birthday, with Australian tennis wise men from Roger Rasheed to Darren Cahill to Davis Cup skipper Patrick Rafter all chiming in with advice and suggestions to the confused player who has been billed as the heir-apparent to Lleyton Hewitt.

    In addition, the youngster has been handed the embarrassing nickname of "Tomic the Tank Engine" after letting a match against Andy Roddick at the US Open slip away. "It's been a long year, I played a lot of tournaments. Haven't had time to rest," Tomic said by way of excuses recently to Australian media,

    "This is my first big year," he added. "It takes a lot out of you. I feel the pressure now is starting to kick in. I'm starting to feel that at tournaments where I defend. It's a bloody tough thing to respond to."

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"Tomic the Tank Engine" ? Brilliant :))))

danica , 10/25/12 10:38 PM

So Tomic has finally woken up to the reality of the ATP tour and the big, wide world of professional tennis.

ed251137 , 10/25/12 11:16 PM

I have never warmed to Tomic or his game. I also never believed that he was ready to make the kind of commitment required to do well in this sport. This is not surprising to me at all. Welcome to the sport of professional tennis, Tomic!

You never want to be known as a player who tanks matches. Does this kid really want to be able to play consistently well? Is he willing to put in the time and effort required to be at the physical and mental level necessary to win matches?

Right now my answer would be no. However he is still very young and has time to turn it around. It's up to him. But nothing comes easy in this sport.

Nativenewyorker , 10/26/12 12:48 AM

Tomic's general lack of effort has surely done him no favors. It's hard to work up enthusiasm for a player who is known for not giving his all.

cherylmurray , 10/26/12 3:29 AM

I think tomic's problems are mental due to his father's behavior. I think it's Tomic's way of rebelling against his father, which is only hurting his career. However, he could eventually realize in time, that he needs to change his mind-set, and forget about exacting revenge on his father. It's a sad situation. Their relationship is similar to that of Dokic. Both kids are of Serbian ancestry who have grown up in Australia.

scoretracker , 10/26/12 6:29 AM

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