Dear Craig Tiley
Dear Craig Tiley,
I don’t envy you the task ahead. In a country where tennis struggles for attention and hopes for a men’s Grand Slam champion aren’t looking too bright, you sure do have a touch job as the Director of the Australia Open. I don’t want to bug you or make this job harder for you, but this needs to be said. It is time to show Bernard Tomic the hand. Not a helping hand, but a ‘in your face we aint gonna put up with your attitude’ kind of hand. Show him just your middle finger for all I care. Because honestly, Mr Tiley, Bernard has grown up to be a self-entitled spoiled brat. It’s time to let go of the ‘horrendous role model of a father’ excuse and see Bernard for who he is; an adult who is capable of making his own decisions and needs to face consequences. Even prior to his wildcard playoff withdrawal I wasn’t behind Tomic receiving a wildcard. He disgraced himself and his country with his disrespectful remarks at the 2010 Australian Open. Only Bernard would rue playing on Rod Laver because he felt that, at 17, he had to stay up too late. Only Bernard would blast the organisers and not give a second thought to the fact he was playing on one of the great stages of tennis in front of an enthusiastic crowd. He embarrassed Australia with such remarks and needs to earn his way back to playing on Rod Laver. See, even before this week’s scandal I didn’t think a wild card should be planted in his expecting hands for quite some time. Still, I expected him to receive one anyway, being Australia’s great hope and all that. And I would have forgiven you and your team if you had decided to give him one. Not now. By faking illness to avoid playing the Wildcard Playoffs, arrogantly assuming he would be the receiver of a wildcard regardless, shows just how much disrespect he has for you and Tennis Australia. Your response to the news that he had been spotted practising for 2 hours in Queensland concerned me. Now is not the time to ‘talk to the team on what decision we’re taking’ or reiterate that he will be ‘considered for a wildcard’. Now is the time to deny him. Make him go through qualifying and if he fails, so be it. Australia may need a new men’s tennis champ but surely we aren’t so desperate to be slaves to an obnoxious 18-year-old. Award the wildcards to those players who will appreciate it. Bernard Tomic must be denied.