It’s time to start barracking for Bernard
Ok, so to put it bluntly I’m really over hearing about how Bernard Tomic is an arrogant wanker, how he needs to grow up and concentrate on his game, yada yada…
Not since Lleyton Hewitt won the US Open in 2001 has there been such anticipation of a local player. Claiming victory in Sydney the year prior, in 2000, Hewitt remains the youngest male to have won the title in Sydney.
Old mate Tomic just did this on Saturday night with his first ATP title showing a solid performance and registering a top-50 status in only five days and last night he backed it up again with his first round win over Leonardo Mayer. But stuff all that! He’s a dick right? Owns a yellow Ferrari – clearly a douche – has hot girlfriends, and is fond of a drunken early morning fight spa.
Do you have anything else that perhaps we could use that’s relevant?
Oh yeah, that Pat Rafter rift you are clinging too. He wants to concentrate on his own game for the next six months, what a pratt you all say.
“Yeah but he reckons he can beat Federer” you say. Does the term ‘out of context’ mean anything to you?
Why my admiration for Bernie? Quite simple I’m all about admitting your wrongs and Tomic has come out and done this with maturity.
He’s explained why he wasn’t performing, reiterated over and over again he has had a cold hard look at himself and is working on his attitude.
“There is still pressure, but I’m really fit and I know I’ve worked out, so the pressure sort of fades away when you know you’ve put in the hard work’ Tomic said.
Yet this is the sort of response you get if you dare mention on Twitter that you’re cheering on Australia’s only real men’s hope: “I don’t care if he wins five grand slams. I will never cheer for him ever”.
Social media is drenched in Tomic hate, most from people who have probably don’t even understand this fine game.
Hopefully momentum is riding the Atomic bomb squad and we do see him meet Roger in the third round, what a treat for Australian tennis that would be.
He found the back end of last year difficult to deal with, where he saw his ranking fall outside the top 50, Tomic says taking the time out to regain his love for the game was the best thing to happen to him.
“It was a hard time to deal with but it was a learning curve for me and I’m happy in a way because I got to learn from my mistakes and move forward.
After pulling out of Paris [in November], I worked extremely hard over the summer and my body feels really fit right now. I’m feeling one-hundred percent.”
Tomic could quite possibly be Australia’s next Grand Slam winner, and thankfully there are fans eager to watch him continue his winning streak, which started a fortnight ago at the Hopman Cup in Perth including a win over world No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Aggression is something Tomic possesses, now it’s about him employing the right kind in Melbourne.
“It’s the best feeling in the world when you know you have trained so much and start to see the results, I’ve still got so much to improve on,” Tomic said.
“It was never that I fell out of love with tennis, I was just so drained so I wasn’t putting in one-hundred percent. Now, everything I do I’m committing to and that is why Ive been playing the tennis that Ive been producing the last week.”
I’m hoping a new wave of Australians will be cheering for “Bernie” as he continues his incredible run.
If you must continue your Tomic tirade, then please do so quietly.
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