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Bernard Tomic in a strange mid-match fight with his girlfriend as the reality of the French Open is revealed

Bernard Tomic’s descent into tennis The wildness was never more evident than on Friday, when he found himself involved in a bizarre mid-match dispute with his girlfriend as the world’s best players battled it out on the court. open French. The Australian was once ranked 17th in the world and reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2011.

But your His career has fallen into oblivion in recent years. and is currently ranked 247 in the ATP rankings. While the world’s best players descended on Roland Garros for the French Open this week, Tomic took part in a Challenger tournament in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bernard Tomic and his girlfriend Keely Hannah.Bernard Tomic and his girlfriend Keely Hannah.

His girlfriend Keely Hannah left when Bernard Tomic retired due to illness. Image: ATP Challenger

The Challenger circuit is the lower tier of the ATP Tour, and is where Tomic has been stuck for the past few years as he tries to climb his ranking back up. But performances like the one he showed on Friday won’t help his cause at all.

Competing against world number 265 Yuta Shimizu of Japan, Tomic showed little to no interest and put in very little effort while complaining to his girlfriend that he wasn’t feeling well. The match only lasted seven games before Tomic retired after losing the first set 6-1.

In bizarre scenes, Tomic had a verbal disagreement with his girlfriend Keely Hannah (who was watching in the crowd) over when he tested positive for Covid-19. Tomic claimed that she tested positive on the day of the game and suggested that was why he was feeling sick, but she said that was not true.

“Bernard and his girlfriend are still arguing,” the commentator said as it all unfolded. “Long story short, Bernie said, ‘You tested positive for Covid today,’ and his girlfriend said, ‘No, that was two weeks ago.’

“I didn’t expect to have to comment on a couple’s fight here, but here we are. Either way, it’s awkward for all the fans here, who just want to see some tennis tonight, but I don’t know if they’re going to get it.”

Bernard Tomic.Bernard Tomic.

Bernard Tomic complained of discomfort before retiring after the first set. Image: ATP Challenger

When Tomic finally removed the pin, the commentator said, “Alright, that’s enough. Thus, the one who retires due to illness is Bernard Tomic.

“Well, that’s a very awkward way to end, and a rather awkward way to end ‘Bernie,’ isn’t it? Difficult way out. Tomic now, we’ll see if he can recover. And again, how the hell did he win that match a couple of days ago?

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The extraordinary scenes highlighted just how far Tomic has fallen, and it has never been more evident considering some of his former Davis Cup teammates are shining at the French Open. Alex de Minaur and Thanasi Kokkinakis – who were once below Tomic in the rankings – are both in the third round of Roland Garros and thriving.

“Tennis is a very isolating sport. It’s very hard mentally and you travel alone,” Tomic said in February of his sad decline. “You’re not playing a team sport like football or basketball. You’re on your own. You have to travel a lot and spend a lot of time alone. You have to figure out how to feel good mentally and when to recharge your batteries. .

“I also struggled for three or four years. I managed to turn it around and feel better mentally. When you travel from a young age for many years, it can really affect you mentally. Sport can really tire you out. You need to find out what is best for you mentally and always “To find a way to be positive and move forward in tennis, you need to be in a good mental state.”

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