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Prediction becomes reality as Bernard Tomic tests positive to COVID



He raised eyebrows when he predicted he would test positive to COVID but Bernard Tomic was right all along.

The 29-year-old Aussie lost his Australian Open qualifier against Russia’s Roman Safiullin in straight sets. During the match he made a (one-way) bet with the umpire that he would test positive and if he did the umpire had to buy him dinner.

The prediction turned out to be 100% correct and it is vindication for Tomic after many saw the move as another excuse for the controversial tennis player.

Tomic told The Age that he really was committed to a big 2022 and that the virus knocked him around.

“I still feel pretty sick,” he said.

“I feel worse mentally than physically because I really was motivated to make a comeback and show the Australian public that I can be the tennis player they expect me to be. I’m disappointed this virus stopped me from doing that.

“I just couldn’t fire on all cylinders. As much as I tried, I didn’t have the energy to fight. I’m going to do everything it takes to get back to the top. I really appreciate everyone’s support.”

Tomic took aim at the testing protocols during his straight-sets loss.

“I cannot believe nobody is getting tested. They are allowing players to come onto the court with rapid tests in their room – c’mon. No official PCR testing.”

Tomic is the second Australian tennis player to receive a positive result with Nick Kyrgios also racing the clock to recover in time for the Open.



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