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Tennis: Tomic jeered after retiring hurt against Nadal

Published on Jan 14, 2014 8:26 PM
 
Bernard Tomic of Australia removes strapping on his legs during a break in play in his men's singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014. Tomic was jeered by the crowd when he retired hurt after losing the opening set of his first-round tennis match against world No.1 Nadal on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Bernard Tomic was jeered by the crowd at his home Australian Open when he retired hurt after losing the opening set of his first-round tennis match against world No.1 Rafa Nadal on Tuesday.

Tomic, who has been criticised in the past for "tanking" - or deliberately not playing to his full ability during matches - had appeared uncomfortable from the outset under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, and took a medical time-out at the change of ends when leading 2-1.

The 21-year-old later ripped a bandage off his high left thigh at the urging of his camp and played out the set restricted and grimacing after points.

With the set lost at 6-4, 57th-ranked Tomic returned to his chair and shook his head at medical staff. After walking over to Nadal to tell him he would no longer go on, sections of the crowd booed, underlining local fans' frustration with a talent long criticised for lacking wholehearted commitment.

 
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