The World No. 144 Bernard Tomic is very likely to need a main draw wild card to compete at next year's Australian Open, a tournament where he reached the fourth round in 2016, 2015 and 2012. The Australian player dropped a lot in the rankings following a very bad season, and he may not enter the final draw in Melbourne through an invitation.
According to The Age, it will be up to Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt and Tennis Australia performance director Wally Masur to take a call about it. Australian Open director Craig Tiley said: 'That's a good question.
We have a long way to go ... there is still quite a bit of tennis to play before the end of the year. That's a bridge we will cross when we come to it. But, obviously, a lot has to happen in the next couple of months.' On ten appearances in the first Grand Slam event of the year, Tomic played qualies only in 2008, when he was 15.
Tiley expects a lot also from another Australian, Nick Kyrgios, who reached Beijing final last week. 'I was with him in the Davis Cup in Brussels and the Laver Cup [Prague] and he was brilliant. He was phenomenal. The type of tennis, the shots – I have been around tennis for a while – and I have never seen shots like Nick did', Tyler said.
'Obviously, he has to be consistent with that. We know that he loves playing in front of the Australian crowds. It's always going to be [the way with] Nick – I think we can expect the unexpected and I think that is what is exciting about his tennis.
But, certainly, the last month, how he has played, has been his best tennis.' ALSO READ: Hingis: 'Tomic should work in a factory' .