CAUSING A MELTDOWN ON SOCIAL MEDIA... TOMIC SAYS HE WAS MISUNDERSTOOD .. ALTHOUGH HE DIDN'T SEEM TO BE OVERLY UPSET AT AGAIN LETTING DOWN AUSSIE TENNIS FANS
"Obviously they thought I was shaking Rafa's hand because he's too good and I'm forfeiting... my leg," said Bernard Tomic.
MEANWHILE ... IN THE THIRTY EIGHT DEGREE HEAT .. ADELAIDE TEENAGER THANASSI KOKKINAKIS WASN'T GOING TO THROW IN THE TOWEL .. DESPITE AGONISING LEG CRAMPS
IT WAS PAINFUL TO WATCH AT TIMES .. INCREDIBLY THE 17 YEAR OLD WASN'T ALLOWED TO TAKE A MEDICAL TIME OUT OR CONSULT HIS TRAINER .. EVEN IF HE WANTED TO BECAUSE THE RULES FOR TREATMENT NO LONGER INCLUDES CRAMPING..
"It's not an injury as such and if it evolves in the course of a match he's got to deal with it," said Trevor Kokinakkis.
THANASSI HAD JUST 20 SECONDS BETWEEN POINTS TO GRIN AND BEAR IT...NOT FAIR SAYS
THE GUTSY SOUTH AUSTRALIAN WAS SPURRED ON BY THE VOCAL CROWD AND HIS MATES - INCLUDING HIS TWITTER CRAZY DAVIS CUP TEAM MATE NICK KYRGIOS .
BUT THANASSI HAS ANOTHER EVEN BIGGER MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB...NEXT IS THE IMPOSING RAFA...
IT'S BECOMING A GREEK-AUSTRALIAN ODYSSEY FOR THE AUSTRALIAN MEN.. WITH ROOKIES KYRGIOS AND KOKKINAKIS THROUGH TO THE SECOND ROUND WHILE BIG NAMES LIKE LLEYTON HEWITT AND TOMIC HAVE FAILED.
THE PAIR PLAYED OFF IN LAST YEAR'S JUNIOR'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN FINAL WHICH NICK WON.. .. THANASSI HAD A SERIOUS BACK INJURY YET CHOSE TO PLAY ON ..AGAINST THE ADVICE OF HIS DAD TREVOR.
"I said to him I said mate you're cool, if you're not feeling up to it don't go out there and half ass it or anything like that," said Trevor Kokinakkis.
TREVOR'S HUMBLE ATTITUDE IS A CONTRAST FROM SOME OF THE OBSESSED MAD DADS .. LIKE JELENA DOKIC'S FATHER DEMIR....AND JOHN TOMIC...BERNARD'S FATHER IS BANNED FROM BEING IN THE STANDS .. AFTER BEING CONVICTED VICIOUSLY ASSAULTING ONE OF HIS SON'S HITTING PARTNERS.
NO SUCH DRAMAS IN THIS ADELAIDE FAMILY'S CAMP ...
AND JUDGING BY THE REACTION TO LAST NIGHT'S PERFORMANCE .. THANNASSI HAS EARNED PLENTY MORE FANS AS ONE OF OUR NEW TENNIS HOPES