Former world No. 17 Bernard Tomic couldn't do much in the second part of the season after tearing his ligaments in July while playing basketball. Tomic, 27, had a promising run at the Atlanta Open but it ended on a disappointing way as he was forced to retire his quarterfinal clash while 6-2 3-0 down to fellow compatriot Alex de Minaur.
In the rest of the 2019 season, the 27-year-old appeared in six events and played only eight matches but didn't do much as three of those eight matches ended with a Tomic retirement. "I tore ligaments in Atlanta playing ball,” Tomic said, per the Herald Sun.
“Now I’m better, the last five-to-seven weeks. “I played two events from August to December. I shouldn’t have played Shanghai and Stockholm. “I couldn’t play properly since Cincinnati to the end of the year.
Now my hand is better." Tomic, who has plummeted to No. 185 in the world, is expected to start his season at Melbourne Park, where he will be hoping to make it past the Australian Open qualifying event.