Tomic will hit 'rock bottom', warns Newcombe
WIMBLEDON officials are yet to decide if Bernard Tomic will be punished for faking injury during an insipid first-round loss.
Grand slam supervisors are continuing to assess Tomic's confession that he called for a medical timeout when he didn't need treatment.
It is possible he could be charged - and fined - with bringing tennis into disrepute by using the timeout to disrupt opponent Mischa Zverev.
The probe continues as John Newcombe claimed Tomic will hit rock bottom unless he seeks immediate help.
The former world No 1 is disturbed by Tomic's mental state after the Queenslander admitted he was bored playing at Wimbledon.
Newcombe, who mastered the art of sporting psychology to win seven grand slam singles crowns, has urged Tomic to address his issues as soon as he can.
"If he keeps going like this, it'll be within a year he's going to hit complete rock bottom and he'll run out of money," Newcombe, a triple Wimbledon champion, said.
"It's one of those cases, someone in that state, they probably need to hit rock bottom before they can fully appreciate the position.
"Tennis Australia has programs and I understand they'll try to reach out to him to see if he wants help to get himself adjusted.
"I'm told by the younger players that they say he can't play more than a set and a half at full pace before he's tired. He's that unfit.
"So if he keeps going like this, he's just going to drift and drift and drift.
"He'd be out of the top 100 now and pretty soon he'll be lucky to get into satellite tournaments."
Ranked No 17 in 2016, Tomic is now stranded in tennis No Man's Land.
Unless he pulls out of a career nosedive, he will soon have to qualify for Masters series events and, possibly, grand slams.
Newcombe issues a blunt warning to the Gold Coaster that to do nothing will lead to ruin.
"So when does the penny drop?," Newcombe said.
"It's always a great shame when you see a talented young athlete destroying themselves.
"But it's his life. He makes his choices."
Tomic also he said did not respect tennis enough and was "mentally not there."