A Tomic Missile: pool and tennis prodigies form courtside bond

Two of the most criticised athletes, and possibly two of the most confident sportsmen in Australia, have been bonding since forming a friendship at the Olympic Games. James Magnussen and Bernard Tomic’s disappointing respective 2012 years have brought the two together. Magnussen, who spent time with Tomic on the Gold Coast before Christmas, has been in Tomic’s corner for his first two matches of the Sydney International. ”He had a tough year last year, like me,” Magnussen said. ”We’re both in a phase of bouncing back from that.” Opposites might attract, but it is the similarities that have triggered this friendship. ”I know people have preconceptions of me, and because of that I don’t judge anyone until I meet them,” Magnussen said. ”Upon meeting him, I thought he was a great bloke and pretty down to earth.”Grapes of wrath

Sydney International organisers have done a great job promoting their sponsors, but it went a little too far during Tomic’s second-round clash against Florian Mayer. As the players enjoyed a break, with Mayer leading the first-set tie-breaker 4-2, an Audrey Wilkinson wine advertisement was played on the screen inside Ken Rosewall Arena. After 10 seconds, the chair umpire interjected: ”Can we cut the ad, we’re still in play.” It was stopped within a second.Upbeat Radwanska

Last year’s Wimbledon runner-up isn’t asking for much this year. Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska fell one game short of a Wimbledon title and moved within one of the WTA’s top ranking last year. After her straight-sets win over Roberta Vinci on Wednesday, she was asked whether No.1 status or a grand slam triumph was the priority. ”This is always a tricky question,” she said. ”I want both so I can’t choose.”Too hot to handle

Fernando Verdasco was an angry man on Wednesday afternoon. He smashed his racquet in frustration during the second set against Uzbek Denis Istomin. He lost in straight sets. Imagine how riled the Spaniard would have been if he had played in the heat on Tuesday?Dramatic turns

The Americans certainly know how to stage some drama. In the all-American derby between John Isner and Ryan Harrison, plenty of complaining was done to the chair umpire. At 2-1 in the first set, Isner exchanged words with the official, before Harrison chimed in with his thoughts at 4-3.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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