Bernard Tomic’s career remains at the crossroads following a first-round US Open loss, but the Australian admits he may need to play into his 30s as he is “not the smartest person in the world”.
Tomic’s defeat came on the same day countryman Jordan Thompson recorded an upset win over number 13 seed Jack Sock and Thanasi Kokkinakis departed New York in the first round, while Ash Barty, Arina Rodionova and Ajla Tomljanovic all advanced in the women’s draw.
In his first match since being fined almost $19,000 for saying he was “a little bored” during his loss to Mischa Zverev in the opening round of Wimbledon, Tomic went down 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to 19th seed Gilles Muller.
Aussies at the US Open
- Gilles Muller def Bernard Tomic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
- Ash Barty def Ana Konjuh 4-6, 6-0, 6-1
- Arina Rodionova def Richel Hogenkamp 7-5, 7-5
- Ajla Tomljanovic def Johanna Larsson 7-5, 6-4
- Jordan Thompson def Jack Sock 6-2, 7-6 (14-12), 1-6, 5-7, 6-4
- Janko Tipsarevic def Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-7 (5-7), 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
- Thomas Fabbiano def John Patrick Smith 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)
The defeat means Tomic will slip from his current ranking of 146, a far cry from when the one-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist was ranked as high as 17 last year.
But the 24-year-old Tomic said his motivation — if not full health and fitness — had returned following a six-week break from tennis despite also complaining of being…
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