Bernard Tomic gets hit with potentially brutal news by Australian Open boss

Tomic didn't play at the 2023 Australian Open and he may not return to the tournament in 2024 as well.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Bernard Tomic gets hit with potentially brutal news by Australian Open boss
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Tennis Australia boss and Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley indicates that Bernard Tomic may miss out on a qualifying wildcard but insists that has nothing to do with the organization's relationship with the former world No 17.

Tomic, who hasn't been on the greatest terms with Tennis Australia for the past couple of years, is currently ranked at No 287 in the world. Over the last year and a half, Tomic has been making slow but steady progress on the ATP rankings with his results.

After winning three Futures titles last year and one recently, Tomic - who was at one point ranked outside the top-800 in the world last year - returned to the top-300. However, Tomic is still not even ranked well enough to get directly into the Australian Open qualifying.

Tiley on Tomic's wildcard: There may be more deserving players

“It’s not so much about the relationship, but it’s about if they’re deserving. The things we consider – the form of the player coming in, there is a factor looking at age in some instances because do you want to give a younger player the opportunity versus one who’s been the journeyman for a while? We haven’t made the (wildcard) decisions in qualifying yet … we’ve made quite a few decisions on the main draw which we’ll announce in the coming days," Tiley told Australian media.

At the start of the 2023 season, Tomic didn't compete at the Australian Open. Instead, he played some Challenger events in January. Tomic's last appearance at Melbourne Park came in 2022, when he was beaten by Roman Safiullin in the qualifying first round.

A year earlier, Tomic earned a main draw spot through the qualifying event and won his main draw opener before losing to Denis Shapovalov in the second round. It remains to be seen if Tomic will return to the Australian Open in 2024.

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