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Prediction becomes reality as Bernard Tomic tests positive to COVID

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13th January, 2022

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.