Bernard Tomic has manned up and admitted he and Nick Kyrgios are giving Australian tennis an image problem.
In a frank and candid interview after he set up a second-round US Open showdown with Lleyton Hewitt, Tomic has taken accountability for his actions ahead of his date in looming court date in Miami for a wild house party.
But the Australian No.1 is promising to try to lift his act and says it’s important for the country’s young stars to heed the advice of the Aussie tennis legends like Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, John Newcombe and Tony Roche.
“For sure, we’re not perfect,” Tomic said.
“I experienced a little bit more when I was younger – 18, 19 – but Nick’s obviously in the rollercoaster that I am so he has to handle it as best as he can. Only he can handle it the right way.
“Obviously I had what I had, but I think on court I’ve improved a lot the last few years and mentally I’m pretty good on court whereas I think Nick on court struggles a little bit.
“But he’s getting better – he just needs time, he’s a good bloke and I really wish the best for him.”
Earlier, Tomic scrapped his way to the all-Aussie blockbuster with a fighting 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 6-3 victory over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.