I've lost all my motivation, says 'bored' Tomic

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The explanation for Tomic's loss was that he just didn't have the mental capacity to push for a win.

She said Tennis Australia should arrange for Tomic to see a sports psychologist, as Nick Kyrgios did after his indiscretions a year ago.

The 24-year-old, who was once ranked No. 17 in the world, emerged as a top star for the future in 2011 when he qualified for the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

The Australian called the trainer in the second set when he was a break down.

"If you're bored, and you are not physically there because you don't train, let's just be honest, because you're not fit enough, you don't feel like going five sets, (then) don't play".

Lesley Hunt, 67, has weighed on Tomic's future in the sport after his latest on and off-court meltdown at Wimbledon on Tuesday. It wasn't just that he lost but the way he lost, with little effort or interest, and a casual indifference to it all that has triggered such strong reactions from the tennis fraternity. So I feel holding a trophy or doing well, it doesn't satisfy me any more. It's not there. I couldn't care less if I make a fourth-round US Open or I lose first round. To me, everything is the same.

His honesty has caused quite a bit of controversy in the tennis community. "I guarantee you every single player here at Wimbledon feels or has felt like Tomic is saying he feels", the Swede said. ESPN's tennis analyst, Brad Gilbert, is disgusted by the comments.

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His comments irked a number of ex-players including Martina Navratilova who said it was time he looked for a new job, and six-times grand slam doubles champion Rennae Stubbs said Tomic was an embarrassment to himself and to Australian tennis. The German said "I don't know what was wrong with him but I could definitely tell he was not 100 per cent".

In a rambling dissertation, the Queenslander revealed he had no respect for the sport, was bored and "mentally not there".

"It's tough to find motivation out there - I think this is my eighth Wimbledon already and I'm 24 years old", Tomic lamented. They pay good money to come here and watch Wimbledon and the guy shows up and doesn't really try and can't even be bothered. "Just stay at home".

Fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis went down 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to 29th-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who secured victory with his seventh match point.

"To say the things that he said in the press conference today is a disgrace", Stubbs said.

Bernard Tomic is back to being Australian sport's public enemy No.1. He showed flashes of his talent in the following years at the Australian Open and U.S. Open, leading to plenty of belief he could evolve into a serious contender.

His reasoning for that admittedly poor performance is less physical - see his unlucky mate Nick Kyrgios for more on that one - than mental, and we guess, existential.