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Bernard Tomic’s US Open exit branded ‘disgraceful’ by Pat Rafter

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 September, 2012, 2:36am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 September, 2012, 3:46am


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Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter lashed out at Bernard Tomic’s “disgraceful” performance at the Open, saying the 19-year-old star needs to “pull his socks up”.

Tomic made a tame second-round exit  at the hands of Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, prompting allegations from John McEnroe that he was not trying in the final set.

Tomic, long touted as the next big thing in Australian tennis, was then involved in an angry exchange with reporters when he was asked to respond to claims that he “tanked”.

Rafter condemned Tomic’s display. “I threw out the big D word, disgraceful, to him,” Rafter told Fox Sports. “That’s just the way it was. He’s got to learn.

“There’s no use sugar-coating something, he has to do the work, and I’m sick and tired of tip-toeing around it, and I think everyone else is as well. He needs to realise that’s what he needs to do, and he says he does.”

Tomic is no stranger to controversy. At Wimbledon this year, he was fined after a racquet-smashing end to his surprise first-round loss to Belgian wildcard David Goffin, one which damaged the surface of one of the grass courts.

In January, Tomic was stopped twice by Australian police for what they said were unauthorised trips in his powerful, bright orange BMW M3 on a provisional driving permit.

The uproar resulted in a police stand-off and intervention by local politicians, along with a court appearance for the player.