Australia's Bernard Tomic said people should get used to the idea that he and countryman Nick Kyrgios would always be “just a bit crazy.”
Tomic said they were unlikely to change their controversial ways, but added that he has been preparing mentally for the year's first Grand Slam next week.
“Obviously we are just a bit crazy,” Tomic told the Sydney Daily Telegraph. “So it’s tough to control that. Honestly speaking, sometimes we do lose it, but we do have to remain mentally strong and focused on the main thing, which is playing tennis, doing well and trying to achieve our target."
Tomic is known for turning his racket the wrong way to face a match point against Fabio Fognini in Madrid last year.
“But for sure, we’re not the calmest people.”
World number 27 Tomic said that he had put on too much weight during the off-season and was “fat” after he exited the Brisbane International in a first-round loss to David Ferrer last week.
However, he said that since then he has shed 5kg.
“I was about 99 kilos, as opposed to 94,” he said. “One more kilo and I could have gone boxing. I mean, I am tall and big, but 99 kilos is too much. So yes, you can say last week I was fat. Then in one week I trained well and did the right things and I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
Play begins at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Monday next week, while the draw is to be released on Friday.