Booeing fans hurt injured Tomic

 Being booed and jeered by the crowd after withdrawing from his Australian Open match against Rafael Nadal was ‘pretty unfair’, Bernard Tomic said on Wednesday, adding he could have faced a four month injury absence had he continued playing.

The 21-year-old Australian, who has been criticised in the past for “tanking” -- or deliberately not playing to his full ability during matches -- withdrew from his highly anticipated first round clash with top seed Nadal on Tuesday with a groin injury after he lost the first set 6-4.

Tomic, who had appeared uncomfortable from the outset under the lights at Rod Laver Arena, was booed for his decision to call it quits even though he had raised his hand and mouthed ‘sorry’ to the packed centre court.

“I felt like I got booed a little bit on court, which was pretty unfair,” Tomic said. “I think I was misunderstood.

“Obviously they thought I was shaking Rafa's hand because he's too good and I'm forfeiting the match because I can't play against him.

“So I needed to say it was my leg. I don't think they quite understood that it was my leg.”
Tomic said scans on Wednesday had revealed a torn groin tendon.

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