BERNARD Tomic has given one of the most petulant performances of his career during a curmudgeonly 64-word press conference after his loss at the French Open.
Tomic was defeated by ‘lucky loser’ Marco Trungelliti 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4, who gained his spot despite losing his final qualifying match owing to an injury to Nick Kyrgios.
Tomic, the former world number 16, offered just 64 words in a truncated Q and A with media after the embarrassing loss.
Q: How do you assess that?
TOMIC: Well, it was okay, no?
Q. How are you feeling sort of physically? You’ve had that big run on clay the last couple of weeks. So were you fully fit and you obviously gave it your all out there?
TOMIC: Yeah, I guess I was okay.
Q. So do you head to the grass court season now with renewed confidence? You’ve been hitting the ball pretty well.
TOMIC: Yeah, we’ll see. We’ll see what’s next.
Q. You were wearing different clothes during the qualifying than you are now. Can you tell me about the change in attire?
TOMIC: It is what it is. That’s all I can say.
Q. Have you thought anything about the uncertainty — it was unusual as of last night there was no name next to you in the order of play. It just said lucky loser, and we didn’t know who it would be. Was that unusual or a twist in terms of preparing for it, just having that uncertainty?
TOMIC: Yeah. But it changed, then I had to play. That’s it.
Q. What positives do you take away from the qualifying week you had?
TOMIC: It was solid. It was good.
Q. These are times that are challenging for you. What are some of the things that you have learned during this time?
TOMIC: What do you mean?
Q. Well, have you reflected on your place in tennis? On your desire? Are you in this primarily for financial reasons or do you want to do other things?
TOMIC: Next question.
Q. So will you head back to Mouratoglou’s for another practice based there or what’s the plan?
TOMIC: I go home to Monaco and that’s it.
Q. In the qualifying you played with the shot clock. I was just wondering what are your thoughts on it and were you noticing it the whole time? What was it like?
TOMIC: I like it. It’s good.