Back in January, Alex Bolt grabbed a wild card for the Australian Open and used it wisely, defeating Gilles Simon after a thriller to reach the third round where he stood no chance against Alexander Zverev. The Murray Bridge native scored one win in the main draw at Indian Wells as well, struggling to find the form again until the first week of August when he reached the final at Lexington Challenger, losing to Jannik Sinner in three sets.
That was the only Challenger tournament for Bolt in 2019 where he managed to pass the quarter-final round, finishing the season almost at the same spot he started it, hoping for a better run in 2020 when he targets a place in the top-100 for the first time in a career.
Bolt failed to secure the Australian Open invitation, losing in the semi-final at the Australian Open Wild Card Play-off to Max Purcell and hoping to receive the main draw wild card from the organizers. If not, Alex will try to qualify and repeat what he achieved in Melbourne a year ago, with 90 points that he has to defend at the first Major of the season.
"It definitely gives me confidence that I know I can mix it with and really take it to the top guys in the world," Bolt said. "To qualify for the Australian Open is the main goal, anything that happens after that is just a bonus.
I feel like I'm in some pretty good form leading into the summer. I can only take away positives from the tournament Wild card Play-off tournament. That hamstring injury was just a minor setback. I had a few days off and I'm straight back into training, working hard before the season opener at Canberra Challenger. The ultimate goal right now is to crack the top-100, I'm confident in my ability to do that."