Defiant Tomic: ‘I do what I do...They better get used to it’
HE'S as brash, divisive and unapologetic as he is talented, and Bernard Tomic appears set to stick with that script in his latest interview.
The 24-year-old tennis player seems as defiant as ever in the face of his critics, telling Melissa Doyle: "I can't change their opinion. It's not like I can change myself."
In an interview to air on Sunday Night, he said: "I am who I am, I do what I do. At the end of the day, I think if they don't like it, they better get used to it."
Tomic lost sponsors, and even more supporters recently in a spectacularly messy exit from Wimbledon.
After the churlish on court performance, he told a press conference "I am bored out there" and boasted about how much money he earned.
The "bored" Tomic admitted he struggled to find any motivation and admitted to feigning injury as he plummeted to a loss to Mischa Zverev in London.
As bad as that was, the world No. 59 saved his biggest bombs for the press room afterwards.
"I don't know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there to be completely honest with you," Tomic said.
"So I feel holding a trophy or doing well, it doesn't satisfy me anymore."
The backlash was swift, with fellow players labelling him a "disgrace", "disrespectful" and an "embarrassment".
Tomic was fined $15,000 for "unsportsmanlike conduct" and dropped by racquet sponsor Head.
He doubled down in the face of the criticism, saying the reason people didn't like him because they were jealous he was living the life that they were unable to.
"You probably don't like me but, at only 24, you guys can only dream about having what I have at 24," Tomic told Herald Sun.
"End of the day, don't like me or whatever. Just go back dreaming about your dream car or house while I go buy them."
Reaction to Channel Seven's interview trailer has been swift. Many remain critical of Tomic, and have condemned Sunday Night for the interview, calling on viewers not to watch it on the show's Facebook page.
"He's an entitled brat with a c**p attitude. I won't be watching. He's an embarrassment to Australian tennis. Surely there are more deserving people that you could have interviewed instead. Don't see Sunday Night getting very good ratings this Sunday," Lauren Calabro posted.
Others suggested time would be better spent interviewing "any of the other great role models tennis" such as Roger Federer.