Tomic out of breath eliminated in the first qualifying round of the Australian Open
Child prodigy of Australia Bernard Tomic was eliminated in the first round of the Australian Open Qualifiers in Melbourne on Tuesday, saying he couldn't breathe due to the smoke from the forest fire Melbourne Park .
The 27-year-old, who has won more than $ 6 million in prizes but saw his ranking fall to 183 in the past two years, lost 7-6 (4), 6-3 against the Americans. Denis Kudla .
Tomic first interrogated the chair judge about the rules regarding the conditions of the match when he had a 5-4 record in the first set and then took a medical waiting time while following 1-2 in the second, where a doctor authorized him to resume the game.
No air comes in, I'm getting tired so easily, Tomic told the coach and the doctor during the waiting time. Not that he is the fittest man ... I just can't breathe.
No stranger to the controversy, Tomic, who did not receive a wild card for the first Grand Slam of the year, simply seemed to stop running for points when Kudla concluded the match in 68 minutes.
Tomic, a rising star in the junior circuit that won 2008 Australian Open The child's singles crown once saved five match points when he was 15 in the first round of the men's qualifiers.
He was fined 45,000 pounds ($ 58.455) last year at Wimbledon for not playing the professional standards required when he lost in straight sets to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a 58-minute first-round game.
However, Tomic was not the only player who fought the smoke of forest fires. Slovenian Dalila Jakupovic collapsed in a coughing attack and withdrew from the rating after the smoke reduced Melbourne's air quality to dangerous levels.