But Wilander, in London leading Eurosport's coverage of Wimbledon, said on Wednesday Tomic was only saying out loud what many players feel. "You know, I'm going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won't have to work again".
The 24-year-old needed medication, but Zverev only needed one more service break in the third set to wrap up the match in less than an hour and a half.
Does everyone else give 100 per cent effort at all times, always turning up to their workplace in prime mental and physical condition?
"I don't know why, but I felt a little bit bored out there, to be completely honest with you", he said.
"I couldn't care less if I make a fourth-round or I lose first round". To me, everything is the same. I don't think I respect the sport enough. For sure I don't do the right work.
Tomic, who reached the fourth round previous year for the second time since making the last eight as a teenager in 2011, has a history of back trouble.
"I just can't seem to find the commitment to work hard, to enjoy, and to lift trophies", he admitted.
That's what the world is questioning after a weird post-match press conference at Wimbeldon, where he's admitted he feels "bored" with tennis and has lost respect for the game. "I'm still 24, and it's tough to find motivation", he said. "I just tried to break a bit of momentum but just couldn't find any rhythm and, you know, wasn't mentally and physically there with my mental state to perform". Was it because he lost his first-round match to 27th seed Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon?
It added to a played seven, lost seven wipeout of Australia's men at Wimbledon.
Kokkinakis had no explanation as to the Australian slump.
The 24-year-old, who has been ranked as high as 17 in the world, appeared listless from the off in his tournament-opening encounter.
In our jobs, we never have to cope with the harsh reality of losing, even after preparing really well and trying as hard as we can. We still want to fight and just not give up.
Tomic faced back-related issues during the match, but said he was not troubled a great deal by it.
"Hopefully he can get it together because he's a really good player, especially when he's switched on", he said.
Arina Rodionova won her first round match at Wimbledon 2017.
The world number 166, dumped out Russian 16th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 9-7 in a rollercoaster encounter, taking it on her own fifth match point.
Tomic, whose career has stagnated since being touted as Australia's next grand slam winning hope, entered into a weird exchange with a reporter after being asked whether he would consider handing back his prize money.
8 - first-round retirements by players at Wimbledon across both men's and women's singles draws.