I haven’t actually seen anyone defending Tomic, but I can see why they might be.
Everyone expects professional sportsman to be the epitome of professionalism, and love every second of what they do; it is almost blasphemous for them to suggest they don’t enjoy their sport.
However, how many people go to work every day to do a job they love? Very few. Tomic, presumably, enjoyed tennis as a child, when it was just for fun. He’s lucky enough to be making a very good living from playing tennis, but if he can live comfortably by making the 1st or 2nd round of Grand Slams, and doing reasonably in minor tournaments, without being overly dedicated to a sport for which he has no love, I struggle to find too much fault with that.
With regards to admitting to calling the trainer when he wasn’t injured, this is a little tricker. Plenty of players have done this in the past (Djokovic, at a point, seemed all too often to call the trainer when his opponent was outplaying him, and return from the break with the momentum broken), but to straight up admit to it was foolish. On the other hand, it shows more moral fibre than inventing a fictitious injury, so perhaps it has some merit.
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