The Courier-Mail

Tomic admits poor form as McEnroe slams ‘bonehead’ Kyrgios WE’RE SPOILT BRATS

- ANNA CALDWELL

BERNARD Tomic has issued a dramatic declaratio­n that the bad boys of Australian tennis need to grow up.

In his most detailed confession yet, Tomic (pictured), who has been dogged by off-court brushes with the law, said Australia’s brat pack was young, had money and its members’ character was “not the best’'.

Tomic’s frank self-assessment was in stark contrast to one made by fellow brat pack member Nick Kyrgios, who declared just moments later he thought the Australian tennis bad boys’ reputation was “ridiculous’’.

Kyrgios initially said he had learnt a lesson from the flak he copped on the back of his “Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend” sledge but then said he did not understand from where his or Tomic’s bad boy reputation came.

“I don’t really understand … We show emotion out there,” Kyrgios said.

“We might not be the most usual tennis players you see. Somehow we got this reputation that’s ridiculous.’'

But when Tomic was asked if Australian players needed to improve their image, he replied: “For sure, we’re not perfect.

“I think maturity is the biggest key, also having a lot to do with money coming in,” he said. “It is different. At our age, having that stuff around, it is tough to control.”

The Australian men have been the talk of the tour, following Kyrgios’s sledge, Tomic’s July arrest st in Miami and Kokkinakis having an on court spat with American merican player Ryan Harrison.

Tomic said he had struggled with his behaviour ur off court, while Kyrgios struggled truggled on court.

“But it’s our personalit­y, rsonality, our character. Obviouslyu­sly it’s not the best thing but we have to work on it for sure,” e,” Tomic said.

Asked if commentsen­ts by 12time grand slam champion Roy Emerson that Kyrgios needs to grow up p applies to other young ung Australian tennis is players, Tomic said: “For sure, absolutely”.

He added: “We have got interestin­g personalit­ies about us. We have to improve, there is no doubt about it.”

He said he believedli­eved he’d had a better year this year, despite being g arrested in Miami in July.

“Yes, it is true, e, that happened, but then I go and win a tournament, my third title, which for me is huge, uge, so then I don’t think about t what happened before,” he said.

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