MADRID (AP) Novak Djokovic has criticized Bernard Tomic for giving up on match point in a loss at the Madrid Open this week, saying the young Australian player is lacking commitment to the sport.
Tomic turned his racket around when facing three match points against Fabio Fognini in a first-round match on Tuesday. With the handle facing forward, he only watched as the ball bounced for an ace.
Tomic later reportedly told an Australian newspaper that he didn’t care because at 23 he was already worth $10 million.
Djokovic said it was “not right, I hope he realizes that.”
The top-ranked Serb said Tomic is “a good guy, he’s a good person, but he’s just failing to be committed to this sport as it is required.”