Best face slap we've seen in ages. Just, ouch. Australia's Chef de Mission for the upcoming Rio Olympics, Kitty Chiller, has delivered a thundering serve aimed directly at Bernard Tomic.
It comes after the 23-year-old Gold Coaster faced a match point at the Madrid Masters with his racquet facing the wrong way. Look closely. Racquet the wrong way round. Yep, Tomic the Tank Engine just found a new way to give up.
Tomic also found a new way to get people offside in the aftermath, telling a Gold Coast Bulletin reporter: "I don’t care about that match point. Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?”.
Then overnight, the guy drops out of his first round match at the Rome International after just three games, citing some minor complaint that no one listened to because this boy has definitely cried wolf too many times.
For the record, Tomic claimed it was too hot. It was 25 degrees on Sunday in Rome. Wouldn't have thought that was too hot for a bloke from Queensland. Tell you who was hot, though, as in hot under the collar. Kitty Chiller. She normally plays it pretty straight, as her position dictates. But over the weekend, the Rio Chef de Mission blasted Tomic's attitude.
"It goes against every aspire value that all the Olympians live by, that we live by. It goes against everything that we’ve been trying to build in this team, through our ignite and aspire series and it’s not something that any of our Olympic team members behave in that way,” she said.
Chiller also said that the behaviour of certain athletes was "under the microscope" with regards to Rio team selection. "There’s a few athletes that are on watch and those two names are among them," she said of both Tomic and Nick Kyrgios.
Nick Kyrgios responded in a very Nick Kyrgios way to that, with a dash of humour and bravado. Nick's "tweener" ('tween the legs shot) was a beauty. Not a bad shot at Kitty Chiller either. This match should be worth watching for weeks.
Someone tell that Kitty chiller to watch that tweener lob, then she will understand why I'm on watch for the olympics lol #smh— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) May 7, 2016
Other sport. Other sport actually happened too. Let's whip around, starting with the AFL where everyone's angry at someone for an incident where North Melbourne's Mason Wood became a stone Mason as he just stood there and ran the clock down at the end of the game.
Wood had a set shot for goal with North Melbourne just one point ahead of St Kilda. He was entitled to let the clock tick under the 30-second rule. He could see the countdown on the big screen. So Wood pretty much just stood there, much to the disgust of St Kilda fans.
The main issue seems to be encapsulated in the tweet below. And the fact that it was all a bit cynical and unfootyish.
Nothing wrong with Mason Wood watching clock run out. Issue is consistency in clocks being visible at all grounds. #AFLSaintsNorth— Shayne Hope (@shayne_hope) May 8, 2016
North Melbourne won the game by seven points by the way, after Wood slotted that goal. Meanwhile in other footy news, Nathan Buckley's coaching tenure at Collingwood is officially under public review now after the Pies lost to Carlton. Good guy, lousy squad, is our view. Others see it differently,
Rugby league had its rep weekend with a flat dull test in which Australia defeated New Zealand 16-0, followed by a meaningless City Country match which posed numerous NSW State of Origin selection questions and answered none of them. Match highlights here.
The English Premier League is a week away from its conclusion. Leicester's lead just keeps extending after Tottenham lost overnight. Ah, but who cares about the footy score when you've got Andrea Bocelli singing Nessun Dorma to a packed King Power Stadium in Leicester? If you don't have goose bumps on your goose bumps after watching this, you're not alive.
Seriously, though, there was so much love for Leicester City's Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, and not just from the locals.
And in America, this happened. It was golfer Jason Kokrak, who missed the cut in the tournament so his excellent shot on the 18th was in vain. Still, that's definitely what you call a "grandstand finish".
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