‘Bored’ Bernard Tomic has lost interest in tennis Out: Bernard Tomic, Daria Gavrilova and Thanasi Kokkinakis have not advanced to round 2 at Wimbledon. Photos: Getty Images
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Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty Images

Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty Images

Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty Images

Bernard Tomic in round one action. Photo: Getty Images

Thanasi Kokkinakis on day 2 of Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Thanasi Kokkinakis on day 2 of Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Thanasi Kokkinakis on day 2 of Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Daria Gavrilova on day 2 at Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Daria Gavrilova on day 2 at Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Arina Rodionova won her first round match at Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Arina Rodionova won her first round match at Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

Thanasi Kokkinakis on day 2 of Wimbledon 2017. Photo: Getty Images

TweetFacebookLondon:Bernard Tomic has admitted to being bored with tennis in an extraordinary aftermath to his insipidfirst-round Wimbledon defeat.

Once dubbed “Tomic the Tank Engine”, Australia’s former All England Club quarter-finalist denied not giving his best efforts in his 6-4 6-3 6-4 loss to Germany’s big-serving 27th seed Mischa Zverev.

But he confessed to having lost all motivation for the game, disrespecting it and no longer caring how he performed in grand slams.

“I don’t know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there, to be completely honest with you,” he said.

“I feel holding a trophy or doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore … It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round US Open or I lose first round.

“This is one of the biggest tournaments in the world that I have done really well in my career and … I just couldn’t find anything,” Tomic said.

“It’s happened to me a lot. Just can’t find anything on the court … This is my eighth Wimbledon, or ninth I think. I’m still 24, and it’s tough to find motivation.”

Tomic was heard complaining of a back problem during a medical time-out midway through the match, but later said he wasn’t overly injured.

“It was definitely a mental issue out there,” he said. “I just tried to break a bit of momentum but just couldn’t find any rhythm and, you know, wasn’t mentally and physically there with my mental state to perform.”

Emotionally burnt out after almost a decade on tour, the dual grand slam junior champion is unsure how to rediscover the spark but, for now, ruled out taking a break from the sport.

“I’m happy with my life … I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again … for me, this is mental.

“I was in worse positions than this, you know, at 120, 130 in the world, and then managed to turn around the past few years and be a top-20 player.

“But it’s my choice. I know I have to work hard. For sure I don’t do the right work … I believe you have to respect the sport, but I think I don’t respect it enough.

“I just believe playing many years on tour now has sort of taken a toll … You need to find that sort of energy. I’m just trying to find something. Now heading into the US. Maybe [I’ll] play well in some tournaments there.

“Nothing to lose. Just try and enjoy it.”

Fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis went down 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 to 29th-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who secured victory with his seventh match point.

A battling Arina Rodionova became the first Australian to advance to the second round, beating Russian 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 9-7.

AAP