'What on earth': Disbelief over 'disturbing' Bernard Tomic moment

Sam Goodwin
Sports Editor

Video has emerged of Bernard Tomic’s bizarre display in the final of qualification for the Delray Beach Open.

The controversial Aussie was once again criticised for his poor display against Ernests Gulbis on Sunday, falling at the final hurdle in the qualification tournament with a 6-2 6-0 loss.

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Tomic won just three points in the second set, completely capitulating and sparking more accusations of ‘tanking’.

And one extraordinary moment at 0-2 in the second set summed up Tomic’s poor showing perfectly.

Bernard Tomic conceded the point for no reason. Image: Getty/ATP

With Tomic serving at 0-40, Gulbis hit a short forehand that was called out by the linesman.

However Tomic fessed up and admitted the ball had landed in.

But despite the Aussie hitting the ball back over the net after it was called out, he inexplicably conceded the point and walked off the court.

It looked as thought Tomic was expecting the point to be replayed (which it should have), but showed absolutely no concerns when the chair umpire called the game for Gulbis.

Bernard Tomic gave up the point and walked off the court. Image: ATP

Because Tomic was able to return the ball after the erroneous call, the point should be been replayed.

But Tomic just gave up and walked off the court without a care in the world.

It was the perfect example of why fans described Tomic’s effort as ‘sad’, while news.com labelled the bizarre act ‘disturbing’.

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As it turns out, Tomic will be one of four Australians in the main draw of the ATP event despite the humiliating loss.

Tomic was beaten in just 53 minutes, however he remains in the ATP 250 tournament after being drawn as the lucky loser to replace Tennys Sandgren, who withdrew due to knee pain.

Tomic will face Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in the first round with the winner taking on either second-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic or Italian veteran Andreas Seppi - the beaten finalist at the New York Open on Sunday.

Nick Kyrgios is the top seed in Delray Beach, as he returns to the tour after he pulled out of the New York Open due to a shoulder ailment.

The 27-year-old Tomic has plummeted to 191st in the world, having been ranked a career-high 17th just four years ago.

Tomic's quickfire loss to Gulbis, in which he won just three points in the second set, is still the second longest of his past five matches.

He endured the second-fastest defeat of his career last week in New York, falling to Japan's Go Soeda 6-2 6-1 in just 39 minutes.

He lost to world No.306 Brandon Nakashima in just 44 minutes in Dallas earlier this month.

That shortest match of Tomic's career is his 28-minute effort in losing 6-0 6-1 to Jarkko Nieminen in 2014.

with AAP