Bernard Tomic who was in first round action against Benoit Paire on the first day of the Rome Masters had to quit the match after less than 10 minutes, and three games, of play due to sickness, according to the TSN.
Australian who was down 2-1 in the first set, after the clash noted that he was feeling bad all night and added, "I couldn"t play with the heat. I felt so, so bad and I felt like I was going to collapse. It was the best thing for me to do to retire.
The main thing is to get it out of my system." This kind of early retirement like in Sunday"s encounter at Foro Italico between the Australian and Frenchman rarely happens, but surely it"s better to walk away from the court than to stay and risk further damage.
Next up for Tomic is the French Open where he reached the second round last year and hopefully his health status will improve in the following days. Paire who is through to the next round will face Swiss Stan Wawrinka.
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