Australian star Bernard Tomic claimed he was sure he would check optimistic for Covid
Australian tennis unhealthy boy Bernard Tomic mentioned he was sure to return a optimistic coronavirus check as he tried to make a wager with an umpire earlier than crashing out of Australian Open qualifying.
Nonetheless bidding to get his profession again on monitor after plummeting to the lowly rating of quantity 257 on the earth from the heights of the highest 20 5 years in the past, Tomic was on courtroom on Tuesday towards Russia’s Roman Safiullin of their qualifier at Melbourne Park.
However sporting a peroxide-blond look, it wasn’t a contented outing for the Aussie as he crashed to a 6-1 6-4 mauling towards his Russian rival, who was one thing of a breakout star for his nation on the latest ATP Cup.
Tomic minimize a deflated determine all through the match and was seemingly battling sickness, telling umpire Aline Da Rocha Nocinto throughout a changeover within the second set that he was sure he had contracted Covid.
“I’m positive within the subsequent two days I’ll check optimistic, I’m telling you,” the 29-year-old was heard telling the official.
Tomic went on to supply the Brazilian umpire a weird guess, saying: “I’ll purchase you dinner if I don’t check optimistic in three days, in any other case you purchase me dinner.”
The German-born Tomic – who has reached the Australian Open fourth spherical on three events – went on to criticize what he believes are lax testing guidelines at this 12 months’s event.
“They’re permitting gamers to come back on courtroom with fast checks of their room, come on… no official PCR testing,” he was heard saying.
After being consigned to a heavy defeat, Tomic took to social media to replace followers on his situation.
“Feeling actually sick, I’m again in my resort room,” wrote the previous Wimbledon quarterfinalist.
“Simply spoke to the medical doctors on website and so they’ve requested me to isolate. They couldn’t deal with me but to keep away from contact…
“I’ll do higher subsequent time. Very dissatisfied as I actually needed to make Aussies proud and carry out properly on my dwelling turf,” he added.
Tomic is a colourful character in tennis circles and located himself on the heart of a storm finally 12 months’s Australian Open.
On that event it was due to his then-girlfriend, Instagram influencer Vanessa Sierra, who complained about their quarantine circumstances forward of the event.
The pair have since cut up, with Tomic just lately confirming his romance with one other Instagram mannequin, Keely Hannah, who was pictured at his facet in Melbourne.
Elsewhere, Australian followers may lose one other of their dwelling heroes from the Melbourne showpiece after Nick Kyrgios introduced on Instagram that he had examined optimistic for Covid-19.
“I’m feeling wholesome in the meanwhile with no signs,” Kyrgios instructed followers.
“I want everybody all the very best and to remain protected the place you’ll be able to.
“If all goes properly I’ll see you all on the Australian Open,” added the star, as he faces a race to make the principle draw for the occasion, which kicks off on January 17.