Australian player says he was offered insane money to play for other countries and that he feels trapped by the sport
Bernard Tomic remains amazed that he has done so well at tennis given that he hadnt really tried and says he was offered millions of dollars to play tennis for other countries.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Sevens Sunday Night program, the troubled star was unapologetic for the way he played tennis and lived his life.
Theres been big offers to play for different countries. Millions that … people could only imagine, said Tomic, who was born in Germany to a Croatian father and a Bosnian mother.
And, you know, I never did that. I stayed loyal to Australia … at the time I thought about it. The money was insane.
Tomic, who has slid down the rankings from a high of No 17 to No 69 after a year of lacklustre displays, came under fire most recently at Wimbledon where he lost a first round match in straight sets and admitted to putting in little effort.
Afterwards he described himself as being bored on court and added that critics could only dream of what he had earned by the age of 24.
Throughout my career, Ive given 100%, he told the Seven Network. Ive given also 30%. But if you balance it out, I think all my careers been around 50% and I havent really tried, and really achieved all this. So just amazing what Ive done.
Tomic also felt he was trapped by the sport because hed earned a good living from it.
Its affected me a little bit mentally and emotionally, he said.
So now its just about finding my balance and pushing on the next 10 years and being successful even more.
Tomic defended his father and sometime coach John, saying the worst hed done was throw balls at him.
But there were no good words about former Davis Cup captain and two-time US Open winner Pat Rafter.
Pats said a lot of bad things about me, throughout my career, and, you know, hes always perceived as this nice guy, and this image, said Tomic.
People dont know him in the back of closed doors. Hes not that much of a nice guy … he likes to put on a show.
He conceded the Davis Cup side was better off without him at least until he worked out what he really wanted.