Australian Open 2022: Bernard Tomic to launch qualification bid at Melbourne Park after frank summer

The Bernard Tomic Odyssey is about to take center stage in Melbourne Park.

A curious summer filled with social media content – training video featured opera music – bleached hair and quotes about dedicating yourself to tennis again are set to have actual matches in part of it.

The former world No.17, now ranked 260th in the world, will begin his campaign on Tuesday to advance to the main draw at the Australian Open for the second year in a row.

Tomic, 29, is one of 28 Australians to qualify for both men and women and Russian Roman Safiullin, fresh out of the ATP Cup, is the first of three players he is due to beat this week.

The qualifying event returns to Melbourne after being held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Camera iconBernard Tomic, along with his typing partner Cole Smith and social media manager Ashlee Rogers, is Credit: News Corp Australia, Glenn Hampson

There is great interest in the form Tomic is in, given that he has won a total of 17 games in his last five games against opponents rated 125 or below.

But Tomic, who arrived in Melbourne in recent days after five weeks of training on the Gold Coast, wants to give his tennis career one last chance to try to get back into the top 20.

“I have had a lot of hate in my life. But I can’t give up. Don’t you think I see the hateful comments? It hurts, ”Tomic said in an Instagram video in December.

“In the past, I used to let go and react out of stupidity. But now I use it for fuel. I’m back, I’m hungry, and I’m ready. No one can stop me now except me.

“I train, I sweat, I push, I’m excited. Everything you need to get back to the top. Hard work pays off. I put my sweat and my tears in this sport.

“I have already returned. It is time to set the record straight.

Other Australian contenders for the qualification include Marc Polmans, Max Purcell, Jason Kubler, Andrew Harris, Arina Rodionova, Ellen Perez, Lizette Cabrera and Destanee Aiava.

Matt Ebden, Edward Winter, Akira Santillan, Philip Sekulic, Rinky Hijikata, Li Tu, Tristan Schoolkate, Dane Sweeny and James McCabe are other Australians in the men’s draw.

Jaimee Fourlis, Catherine Aulia, Abbie Myers, Zoe Hives, Charlotte Kempenaers-Pocz, Taylah Preston, Talia Gibson, Kim Birrell, Alexandra Bozovic and Seone Mendez are the other local female prospects.

The game starts at 10 a.m. on Monday at Melbourne Park.

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