Tomic rules himself out of Rio 2016


Bernard Tomic has made himself unavailable for the upcoming Olympic Games, citing a busy schedule on the ATP Tour.

Amid calls for Tomic to be axed by Australia's Olympics team following his antics at the Madrid Open, the world number 22 will not make the trip to Rio de Janeiro in August, instead opting to play the Los Cabos tournament in Mexico during the same week.

Tomic, who had been warned to behave or forget about the Olympics due to his attitude, will defend the title he won last year, when the ATP event was played in Bogota, Colombia.

"With a heavy sense of regret, I have made the difficult decision to not play with the Australian tennis team as they pursue an Olympic medal in Rio," Tomic said in a statement.

"I have always proudly represented my country in Davis Cup and given my all when wearing the green and gold, but on the basis of my extremely busy playing schedule and my own personal circumstances, I am regrettably unable to commit to this year's tournament. I make this decision based on what is best for my tennis career."

Tomic had been put on notice by Australian Olympic team chef de mission Kitty Chiller last week after sparking outrage at the Madrid Open, holding the head of his racquet instead of the handle as he seemingly tanked on match point against Fabio Fognini, who closed out the match with an ace.

The 23-year-old's response to the accusations of tanking fuelled further uproar, with Tomic saying "would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10million?"