by David Zita

As has so often been the case, a headline involving the name 'Bernard Tomic' refers to the 24-year-old's off-field controversy rather than his on-court success.

The Australian tennis star, who has now slid from 17th to 73rd in the world rankings, was blunt and unapologetic in a wide-ranging interview on the Seven Network’s Sunday Night program.

Always a polarising figure in Australian sport, the reaction to the interview was no different, with social media ablaze with reactions to the fallen sporting prodigy.

Many were quick to berate Tomic online when he admitted to only playing tennis for money.

Others, however, were at the very least impressed with Tomic's unflinching honesty.

Above all else, however, was the view that Tomic is a young man who needs help, a group that was joined by one of Australia's sporting success stories.

The 2011 Wimbledon Quarter-Finalist has had a considerable number of run-ins at the age of just 24, and his rap sheet shows no sign of slowing:

Bernard Tomic's 'Rap Sheet'

2009 - Tomic's camp declines an invitation to train with Lleyton Hewitt, with Tomic's agent saying "Lleyton's not good enough."

2012 (January) - Fined by police on the Gold Coast three times in one day. Later that day, Tomic ran from police and locked himself in his house.

2012 (March) - British qualifier Dan Evans had booked practice with Tomic, before his father John Tomic told Evans he was not good enough.

2012 (March) - Mid-match, Tomic asks the chair umpire to remove his father John from the stands.

2012 (November) - Tomic pleads guilty in court to failing to stop for police, and is fined $750, and put on a 12-month good-behaviour bond. He was found guilty of three other traffic offences and fined a further $1000

2013 - Tomic's father is sentenced to eight months in prison and banned from the ATP World Tour for 12 months for head-butting and breaking the nose of his son's hitting partner. John Tomic did not face a jail term.

2015 (July) - In one of his Wimbledon post-match press conferences, Tomic berates Tennis Australia for a supposed lack of respect, support and funding for both him and his sister, Sara. Tomic is subsequently dropped from Australia's Davis Cup team for its Quarter Final tie.

2015 (July) - Tomic is arrested in Miami and charged with resisting arrest and trespassing. All charges were dropped in October

2016 (May) - In a first-round match, Tomic reverses his racquet on a return of serve while defending match point, sparking renewed tanking allegations.

2016 (August) - Tomic verbally abuses a spectator during his first round loss at the US Open. Courtside microphones pick up Tomic saying "I will put my balls in your mouth."

2017 - Tomic admits on Channel 7's Sunday Night program he has built his career on 50% effort.

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