Former Australian Davis Cup coach Roger Rasheed says Bernard Tomic needs a heart-to-heart with his father to nut out just what he wants from tennis.
Tomic's troubles continued yesterday with a 6-0, 6-2 first-round loss to Russian Mikhail Youzhny at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. The lopsided defeat was his ninth first-round exit in 13 tournaments since the French Open and is likely to cost Tomic his place in the world's top 50.
Tomic, who turned 20 on Sunday, withdrew from last week's Stockholm Open citing fatigue after admitting to only giving ''about 85 per cent'' in his previous outing at the Shanghai Masters.
His effort in China followed condemnation from grand slam champions John McEnroe and Australian Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter for a similarly lacklustre display at the US Open and led to the youngster being cruelly branded #tomicthetankengine on Twitter.
Respected analyst Darren Cahill, the former coach of world No. 1s Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, yesterday urged Tomic to call an immediate end to his flagging season.
''Someone needs to put Bernie Tomic on the flying kangaroo. Year was done weeks ago. Charge up the batteries, get faster & stronger for 2013,'' Cahill tweeted.
''For what it's worth, I think Roger Rasheed would be a good coaching fit for Bernard Tomic.''
Rasheed, also a one-time coach of Hewitt and Frenchman Gael Monfils, says Tomic needs to have a serious talk with his father and coach John.
''OK, time for Bernard Tomic to sit down with his father & work out what he [Bernie] wants from the sport - A long term plan & Enjoyment needed,'' Rasheed tweeted from Paris.
Tomic, who reached a career-high No. 27 in the world after making the second round at Roland Garros when seeded at a grand slam for the first time, hasn't beaten a higher-ranked opponent since the Australian Open. It was at Melbourne Park after Tomic lost to Roger Federer in the fourth round that the Swiss great challenged Australia's two-time grand slam junior champion to carry his form onto the smaller stages.
Tomic's latest loss has him in danger of slipping from world No. 48 to outside the top 50 and also vulnerable to being overtaken by the 51st-ranked Marinko Matosevic as Australian No. 1. AAP