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Wednesday, 9 January 2019

The amazing bit you missed in Tomic-Kyrgios


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Bernard Tomic’s bizarre tweener ace to end his match with Nick Kyrgios overshadowed his best form in five years, Australian tennis legend Paul McNamee says.

Not only that, McNamee reckons the unorthodox Tomic actually stole the show from larger-than-life personality Kyrgios.

Tomic, still just 26, has fought back to a world ranking of No.85 after blowing out to No.243 during a tough 2018.

He has copped some backlash for his “joke” serve to complete a 6-3 6-4 win over Kyrgios at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday, but McNamee said he was hugely impressed with Tomic’s form.

“Match point was a joke, but to have the skill to and cleverness to actually do something that’s illegal no match point – a [between the legs] little trick serve – was remarkable,” McNamee told the Today Show.

“Bernie Tomic was almost insulting [Kyrgios]. He was the show yesterday and I’ve never seen that against Nick Kyrgios.

“On a positive side, Bernard Tomic hasn’t played as well as that for five years. I know it was just an exhibition, but he was pretty impressive.”

For so long an Aussie tennis problem child, Tomic reached a career-high ranking of No.17 back in 2016. He has struggled with motivation in recent years and McNamee – a former doubles world No.1 and Australian Open tournament director – said he wasn’t sure that the gifted right-hander could make it back as an elite player.

“I thought not, Bernie Tomic – until yesterday. He had the ball on a string,” McNamee said, predicting that he can be a dangerous floater in the Melbourne Park draw.

“If I was one of the top seeds, I’d be a bit worried about him next week. The party is over for Bernie Tomic and he’s ready to come back. I think the public will give him a second chance.”

However, McNamee said he was concerned about Kyrgios. Touted as a future Grand Slam winner but with a well-documented indifference to tennis, the 23-year-old has blown out to No.51 in the world rankings and looks underdone for the Open.

“His game wasn’t on song yesterday, I’ve got to be honest. He was really struggling and I think he’ll have a tough task turning that around before next week,” McNamee said.

“But he was incredibly humble and gracious about the other Aussie, so I saw some perspective with Nick that I really haven’t seen for a long time, if at all.”

 

Bernard Tomic’s bizarre tweener ace to end his match with Nick Kyrgios overshadowed his best form in five years, Australian tennis legend Paul McNamee says.

Not only that, McNamee reckons the unorthodox Tomic actually stole the show from larger-than-life personality Kyrgios.

Tomic, still just 26, has fought back to a world ranking of No.85 after blowing out to No.243 during a tough 2018.

He has copped some backlash for his “joke” serve to complete a 6-3 6-4 win over Kyrgios at the Kooyong Classic on Wednesday, but McNamee said he was hugely impressed with Tomic’s form.

“Match point was a joke, but to have the skill to and cleverness to actually do something that’s illegal no match point – a [between the legs] little trick serve – was remarkable,” McNamee told the Today Show.

“Bernie Tomic was almost insulting [Kyrgios]. He was the show yesterday and I’ve never seen that against Nick Kyrgios.

“On a positive side, Bernard Tomic hasn’t played as well as that for five years. I know it was just an exhibition, but he was pretty impressive.”

For so long an Aussie tennis problem child, Tomic reached a career-high ranking of No.17 back in 2016. He has struggled with motivation in recent years and McNamee – a former doubles world No.1 and Australian Open tournament director – said he wasn’t sure that the gifted right-hander could make it back as an elite player.

“I thought not, Bernie Tomic – until yesterday. He had the ball on a string,” McNamee said, predicting that he can be a dangerous floater in the Melbourne Park draw.

“If I was one of the top seeds, I’d be a bit worried about him next week. The party is over for Bernie Tomic and he’s ready to come back. I think the public will give him a second chance.”

However, McNamee said he was concerned about Kyrgios. Touted as a future Grand Slam winner but with a well-documented indifference to tennis, the 23-year-old has blown out to No.51 in the world rankings and looks underdone for the Open.

“His game wasn’t on song yesterday, I’ve got to be honest. He was really struggling and I think he’ll have a tough task turning that around before next week,” McNamee said.

“But he was incredibly humble and gracious about the other Aussie, so I saw some perspective with Nick that I really haven’t seen for a long time, if at all.”

 

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