Australia’s Marinko Matosevic has hit out at Sydney International organisers after he crashed out in the first round to Italian world No.
51 Simone Bolelli in under at hour on Ken Rosewall Arena.
The 29-year-old, who reached the quarter-finals here last year, looked completely out of sorts as Bolelli eased to a 6-3 6-2 victory against the 80th-ranked Victorian on Monday.
A bitterly disappointed Matosevic was knocked out in the first round in Brisbane last week and then flew to Perth to play in the Hopman Cup and only arrived in Sydney late on Saturday night and asked to play his match on Tuesday.
With most of Sunday washed out with rain, Matosevic claimed he had no time to prepare until he walked out on court.
“My preparation was my warm-up today for my match,” he said.
“I was surprised I was playing today. I thought I would get a Tuesday start.
“I thought I was going to get one. I was told before I went to Hopman Cup they would ask for me.
“I wasn’t able to practice yesterday so it was a tough, tough preparation.”
On a quiet day in the men’s competition, fifth-seeded Argentine Leonardo Mayer beat Germany’s Benjamin Becker 7-6 6-2, with the sixth-seeded Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas seeing off Spain’s Nicolas Almagro 7-6 6-4.
Australia pair Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios are in action on Tuesday, as is former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro, who plays his first match in 11 months.
Del Potro faces Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first match on Ken Rosewall Arena, with Tomic up against Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin.
Wimbledon quarter-finalist Kyrgios faces Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz in the evening session.