Bernard Tomic retires from ATP Challenger match after bizarre ‘couples quarrel’ with girlfriend

Forgotten Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic has pulled out of an ATP Challengers event mid-match after falling out with his girlfriend.

Tomic is currently ranked 247th in the world and has been working on the second tier of Challengers to improve his ranking and return to playing Grand Slams.

But things did not go well for the 31-year-old in his match against world number 265 Yuta Shimizu of Japan at the Little Rock Open in the US state of Arkansas.

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Tomic lost the first set 6-1 and looked unengaged throughout the match in scenes all too familiar to Australian tennis fans.

During the match, he complained of illness and called the doctor several times, but since there was no doctor on the field, he had to play on.

But before the start of the second set, Tomic had an argument with his girlfriend Keely Hannah, who was sitting in the stands, about how he got sick.

Watch Tomic’s awkward interaction in the video above

“Bernard and his girlfriend continue to argue,” said the ATP Challengers commentator.

“Long and short, Bernie says, ‘You tested positive for COVID today’, the girl says, ‘No, that was two weeks ago’.

“I didn’t expect to be here commenting on a couple’s fight – but here we are.

“Anyway, embarrassing for all the fans here who just want to see a little bit of tennis tonight, but I don’t know if they’re going to get that.”

Tennis analyst Zachary Cohen wrote on X: “Tomic lost the first set 6-1. I haven’t seen him move a single ball and he misses literally everything. He sent the doctors and told them his girlfriend tested positive for COVID this morning.”

In grim scenes that wouldn’t be out of place in Zendaya’s new tennis movie ChallengersTomic eventually retired after only five points in the second set.

His girlfriend immediately got up from her seat and left the stand.

“Okay, that’s it. So, the resignation due to illness is Bernard Tomić,” said the ATP Challenger commentator.

“Well, that’s a very awkward way to end, and a rather ‘Bernie’ way to end, isn’t it? The hard way out.

“Tomic now, we’ll see if he recovers. Then again, how the hell did he win that game a few days ago?’

The match lasted only 23 minutes and Shimizu made it to the quarterfinals thanks to Tomic’s delay.

“I mean, listen, we didn’t even talk about Shimizu – not at all,” the commentator said.

Nick Kyrgios responded to the unusual turn of events with a simple face and palm emoji on social media.

Tomic’s latest controversy occurred during the continuation of the French Open in Paris.

Australians Alex de Minaur and Thanasi Kokkinakis made it to the third round of the Grand Slam.

Tomic has not played a Grand Slam since the 2021 Australian Open.

The best results of the former 17th player in the world are the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 2011 and three appearances in the fourth round of the Australian Open.

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