London, Sep 1: Tennis legend John McEnroe has blamed Australian Bernard Tomic of not giving his best during the final stages of a second-round US Open flogging at the hands of Andy Roddick, who is playing in the last tournament of his career.
The teenage tennis player agreed he was completely overwhelmed by Roddick’s game during his 6-3 6-4 6-0 defeat.
Tomic’s lack of urgency in his defeat prompted McEnroe to label the Brisbane teen’s effort a ‘tank job’.
McEnroe doubted whether Tomic was having an authentic go as the 19-year-old surrendered the final set in 21 minutes and won just five points.
“Tomic is teeing it up. It looks like the tank job. This is a shame. You don’t like to see this. I like to see Andy win but, other than that, it’s poor. A well-deserved beating,” The Daily Telegraph quoted McEnroe, as saying.
When McEnroe’s comments were put to Tomic, he replied: “Well, I think he’s probably right. I couldn’t get the racquet on the ball. Andy was playing I think really good at the net, coming into the net.”
“Every time I wanted to pass him, he ended up hitting a half volley winner or a volley winner. He was on top of me the whole match. I can’t complain. The whole match was his way from start to finish pretty much,” he added. (ANI)