Tennis player Bernard Tomic is on the verge of quitting Ten’sI’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!after only two days in the jungle.
The 25-year-old, who was left dizzy and sick from a tucker trial challenge, told other contestants he wanted to leave the show and go back to playing tennis.
He admitted he has been struggling to cope with life for some time, something which prompted his decision to enter the jungle to “find himself”.
“Obviously I lost myself the last year,” Tomic said. Although visibly upset after not completing a difficult jungle challenge, Tomic appeared to discover a renewed interest in his tennis career.
“This is the jungle, this is so different. Not what I expected, I don’t think I can do it,” Tomic said.
Bernard Tomic said the show is not what he expected. Photo: Channel 10
“There is no point in me being here anymore and wasting unnecessary time for myself because I need to be out there playing and competing and I feel bad because I just met this bunch of people and you guys are super,” he said.
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“We actually don’t know anything at this stage,” said Brown, while Morris added: “Will he stay or go? The truth is we don’t know yet.”
The Tomic drama, which included him being attended to by a medic during the tucker trial, managed to overshadow the arrival of “camp leader”Anthony Mundine.
Beranrd Tomic is looked after by a medic during a tucker trial. Photo: Channel 10
Despite sprouting an array of sexist statements soon after his appearance (to the dismay of his female and male camp mates), Mundine was eventually one of the contestants trying to help Tomic, encouraging him to have a night’s sleep before making a final decision.
Jackie Gillies, fromThe Real Housewives of Melbourne, also proved to be an unexpected motivational ally, telling Tomic: “I don’t think you should give up. I think you should power through it and you should do it for your charity, do it for yourself. Don’t give up.”
Tomic had earlier talked about his disillusionment with elite sport after a tough childhood and singular focus on tennis in his teens.
“I didn’t have a childhood and I didn’t have a life since I was eight or nine years old,” Tomic said. “I needed a break to be normal.”
AFL footballer Josh Gibson, who is also a contestant on this year’s series, told Tomic he needed someone new in his corner to keep him “on track” in life and tennis.
“I agree with that, but then if I don’t want to do it there is no point,” Tomic said.
When Gibson asked if he would be happy with his achievements in the game if he retired now, Tomic said “No”.
Jackie Gillies tries to convince Bernard Tomic to stay. Photo: Channel 10
Later in the day, though, after the horrendous tucker trial, Tomic was clearly yearning to be back on a tennis court instead of being in the jungle.
Show host Morris said Tomic was a good guy who was “hypercritical” of himself, while Brown mused about the pressure he must have experienced as an elite sportsman.
“I wonder how much of this is down to his tennis career?”, Brown said. “Indoctrinated into that ‘winning everything’ mentality from a young age, too. He is unable to allow himself to fail. It is a big thing for him.”
Whatever the excuse, Tomic may be leaving much sooner than producers of the Ten show had hoped for.