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Pat Cash says too much money ruined Bernard Tomic’s career

Tennis legend Pat Cash has questioned Bernard Tomic’s work ethic – suggesting too much money at a young age ruined the polarising prodigy’s career.

Cash is in Miami for a symposium promoting a new wonder-supplement at the same time Australian stars Nick Kyrgios, Ashleigh Barty and Thanasi Kokkinakis are competing against the world’s best at the Miami Open. 

Cash told Daily Mail Australia he has a good relationship with the new breed of Australian players and keeps a keen eye on their performances.

Tennis legend Pat Cash has questioned Bernard Tomic’s work ethic – suggesting too much money at a young age ruined the polarising prodigy’s career

He said he was disappointed at the way 25-year-old Tomic's career has panned out

He said he was disappointed at the way 25-year-old Tomic’s career has panned out

He said he was disappointed at the way 25-year-old Tomic’s career has panned out.

‘I don’t know what’s going on with Bernard – he probably doesn’t even know himself,’ the former Wimbledon champion said.

‘It tends to be an issue [when] they get a lot of money too early and lose motivation – that’s the case with Bernie.

‘He got a lot of money very early. His work ethic wasn’t quite there like those before him.’

Cash was more optimistic about Kyrgios’ future.

‘Nick’s a very, very talented player. He’s got a great opportunity to do well, I want him to do well.

‘But it’s tough out there – I know that myself.’ 

Tomic made a return to the court for the first time since January’s Australian Open on Wednesday, playing in Lille, France on the second tier ATP Challenger Tour.

Cash is in Miami at the same time Australian stars Nick Kyrgios (left) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (right) are competing against the world's best at the Miami Open

Cash is in Miami at the same time Australian stars Nick Kyrgios (left) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (right) are competing against the world’s best at the Miami Open

He was eliminated by local Antoine Hoang 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the first round.

Tomic was once ranked among the world’s top 20 players but has now fallen to 181st in the world.

Wednesday’s defeat was made even worse given Hoang is ranked even lower than Tomic at 251.

Earlier this year Tomic became the first person to quit on the Australian version of TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, managing to spend just three nights in the South African jungle. 

Tomic became the first person to quit on the Australian version of TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, managing to spend just three nights in the South African jungle

Tomic became the first person to quit on the Australian version of TV show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, managing to spend just three nights in the South African jungle



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