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Bernard Tomic withdraws from the match after a heated argument with his girlfriend

Former world number 17 Bernard Tomic left a match after an argument with his girlfriend. The Australian tennis player entered the Little Rock Challenger in Arkansas as the fifth seed and had advanced to the second round after beating American Thai-Son Kwiatkowski 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The current world number 247 faced Japan’s Yuta Shimizu in the second round, played an irregular first set without any break opportunities and won only 11 points to his opponent’s 29, resulting in a decisive 6-1 for the Japanese player.

Strong argument with girlfriend

The 31-year-old started complaining that he was not feeling well during the match. According to expert Zachary Cohen, Tomic had spoken to a doctor early in the morning, stating that his girlfriend had tested positive for Covid.

As the players prepared to start the second set, Tomic and his girlfriend Keely Hannah started an unusual argument involving verbal exchanges between the court and the bench. An ATP Challenger commentator described the incident as ‘awkward’ as the couple argued in front of the crowd over her positive Covid test.

“Bernard and his girlfriend kept arguing,” the commenter explained. “Basically, Bernie said, ‘You tested positive for Covid today,’ while the girlfriend says, ‘No, that was two weeks ago.’

“I didn’t expect to have to comment on a couple’s argument here, but here we are. Anyway, awkward for all the fans here who just want to see a little tennis tonight, but I don’t know if they do that.” We’re going to get it,” the commentator added.

After the altercation, Tomic spoke to the referee and withdrew from the match after just 23 minutes, allowing his opponent to advance to the quarter-finals. It was later confirmed that the Australian player tested positive for Covid: “Okay, that does it. So retiring due to illness is Bernard Tomic,” the commentator said.

“Well, that’s a very awkward way to end, and a rather ‘Bernie’ way to end, isn’t it? A hard way to go out. Tomic, we’ll see if he can recover. And again, how did he win that match (against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski) a few days ago?”