Tomic cannot stand the heat and pulls out

Bernard Tomic has withdrawn from a match in Mexico.
Bernard Tomic has withdrawn from a match in Mexico. JULIAN SMITH

BERNARD Tomic's commitment to tennis is expected to come under the microscope again after the Australian pulled out of his first round match against Donald Young in Acapulco citing "unbearable heat" ... and then played doubles.

The Australian lost the first set and looked disinterested and lethargic at stages before calling time on the clash.

The temperature in the Mexican city was 27 degrees.

However, fans reacted with fury just hours after the retirement when Tomic was back on court competing in the doubles competition.

It has been a disappointing 2017 season so far for Tomic with just two wins to his name (both at the Australian Open) and this latest withdrawal will do little to aid his bid to retain grand slam seeding status after slumping to No 41 in the world.

It also marks his third consecutive first round defeat.

Little over a month ago, 24-year-old Tomic controversially withdrew from Australia's Davis Cup tie with the Czech Republic citing "scheduling issues".

It's not the first time the Queenslander has used heat as the reason behind a withdrawal.

Last May at the Rome International he was unable to continue against Benoit Paire, pulling out of the contest after just eight minutes.

It was 24 degrees celsius.

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