Sport Tennis Dizzy Bernard Tomic spins out of French Open

Dizzy Bernard Tomic spins out of French Open

Bernard Tomic felt unwell during his second-round clash.
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Bernard Tomic felt dizzy and like throwing up on court during his gutsy second-round defeat at the French Open, which leaves Australia with just one player in contention.

Watched on by a strong Australian contingent, including Davis Cup coach Lleyton Hewitt and 17th seed Nick Kyrgios, Tomic lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (8-6) to Croatian teenager Borna Coric in arguably his best ever performance on clay.

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“I was amazed, I was keeping a high level the whole match. It was a tough match and I was playing well,” the 20th seed said after the loss.

“It was a quality match. it’s just a shame that I lost because it was very good quality from both ends.”

Tomic’s exit leaves just Stosur, who had a mighty challenge against last year’s runner-up Lucie Safarova, in the competition.

Tomic required medical assistance early in the third set, down 2-1, and complained of feeling “dizzy and unwell” to the match umpire.

“I got a bit tired and got a bit fatigued and I felt like I was going to vomit on court,” Tomic said.

“It went away quickly which allowed me to get back in that third set and really focus.

Tomic said he was feeling ill. Photo: Getty.
Tomic said he was feeling ill. Photo: Getty.

“During those games, I kept going for my shots and after I got the medication from the doctor, it went away.

“That was good because I would’ve had no chance to compete against him in the third and fourth sets if I was feeling that way.”

After being given some medication, the 23-year-old recovered with a quick service game immediately after, levelling the set at 2-2.

He battled on to force a tiebreak, but struggled to stay in long rallies and became heavily reliant on hitting winners – at one point shouting to himself “I hate this surface” during the two-hour-and-47-minute defeat.

He fell behind in the tiebreak, then rallied to save two set points, before Coric wrapped it up 7-4 to take a two-sets-to-one advantage.

Tomic continued to struggle with his movement in the fourth set and regularly found himself fighting to stay in service games – but continually found ways to stay in the match, saving five break points in the fifth set and 10 for the match.

In the fourth-set tiebreak, Tomic stumbled when serving for the set at 6-5 – first putting a backhand slice and then an attempted crosscourt forehand into the net to give Coric a second match point.

After a tense rally, Tomic again faltered – sending a big forehand too deep, prompting Coric to let out a mighty roar as he set up a third-round clash with 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

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