ATP Tour

Immature Tomic not committed enough - Djokovic

2016-05-05 23:03
Novak Djokovic (Getty Images)

Madrid - World number one Novak Djokovic has encouraged troubled Australian star Bernard Tomic to take his profession more seriously after he spectacularly gave up in losing to Fabio Fognini at the Madrid Masters.

Tomic held his racquet the wrong way round and made no attempt to return Fognini's serve in bowing out in the first round in the Spanish capital on Tuesday.

However, he compounded his behaviour with outspoken comments claiming he didn't need to care about losing given the wealth he had amassed already in his short career.

"I don't care about that match point," he told News Corp Australia.

"Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?"

Djokovic has been a regular practice partner for Tomic and believes he is capable of far more than his current ranking of 22nd in the world.

"I've seen what he has done. It's not right and I hope he realises that," said the 11-time Grand Slam champion.

"The sooner the better for him because he is still relatively young and he can definitely be a better player and better ranked than he is now.

"Everybody knows that. I think he knows that, but he doesn't seem to really get things the right way off the court.

"I'm just hoping for him, because over the last couple of years I got to know him better and he's a good guy, he's a good person, but he's just failing to be committed to this sport as it is required.

"Many things that he says are not well thought from his side. He gets emotional very quickly and things get out of context."

Read more on:    atp tour  |  bernard tomic  |  novak djokovic  |  tennis

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.