Bernard Tomic’s on-court behaviour is under the spotlight again after he conceded a match point while holding his racquet the wrong way at the Madrid Masters.
The Australian ace appeared to give up as he was knocked out in straight sets 6-2 6-4 by Italian Fabio Fognini in the first round.
Tomic was down 40-0 in the deciding set and held his racquet upside down while barely making an attempt to return Fognini’s serve which sealed the result.
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) May 4, 2016
The 23-year-old has been heavily criticised on social media for his attitude and has been accused of “tanking” – or, in other words, throwing the towel in early.
He was nicknamed “Tomic the Tank Engine” after accusations he failed to play to his full ability against Andy Roddick at the 2012 US Open.
Tomic also holds the unwanted record of quickest defeat ever at a Masters-level tournament after he was thrashed 6-0 6-1 inside just 28 minutes by Finn Jarkko Nieminen in Miami back in 2014.
Tomic came under fire in the leadup to the Australian Open for retiring during his Sydney International quarter-final after telling the chair umpire his mind was on the year’s first grand slam. He later claimed to have suffered food poisoning.