Tomic exits early again
Tennis: Bernard Tomic’s rough year continues with another first round exit, this time at the ATP event in Monte Carlo.
BERNARD Tomic has all but closed the door on helping Australia reach their first Davis Cup final in more than a decade as he focuses solely on arresting his dramatic rankings slide.
Even after suffering his fifth successive first-round exit, a defiant Tomic maintains he can push for a place in the world’s top 10 — and that means there’s no room in his schedule for Davis Cup.
The 24-year-old boycotted Australia’s first-round win over the Czech Republic due to a family funding feud with Tennis Australia before also missing this month’s quarter-final triumph over the USA.
Breaking his months-long silence on the issue, Tomic said he was “not really” interested in making himself available for Australia’s semi-final against Belgium in September.
“Don’t get me wrong, Davis Cup is an amazing event and it’s a huge thing for us in Australia, but it’s not my priority right now,” Tomic said after falling 6-1 7-6 (7-3) to Diego Schwartzman in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Masters.
“My priority is to get back into the top 20 in the world and push for the top 10.” While Hewitt will back Jordan Thompson to serve as his No.2 singles option behind spearhead Nick Kyrgios, being without Tomic as Australia bid to make the Davis Cup final for the first time since beating Spain in 2003 is a blow. Tomic’s only four defeats in 21 singles rubbers have come at the hands of Roger Federer, Andy Murray, John Isner and Florian Mayer on clay as a teenager. “I wish them the luck,” Tomic said.
“My priority now is getting into the top 10, back to the top 20 in the world, so I have to work hard, and once I settle myself, I can think more about playing Davis Cup.
“I played so much Davis Cup in my life that it’s just something that I’m not motivated for.” Tomic, who missed the recent Miami Masters with a back injury, has not won a match since reaching round three at the Australian Open in January. He will play in Barcelona next week and then Istanbul, Madrid and Rome before the French Open.
With no ranking points to defend from the clay last year, the one-time world No.17 is confident he can lift his ranking from its current mark of 43. His big hope is to regain a top-32 seeding for Wimbledon in July. “It’s an opportunity,” Tomic said.
“I’m 43 in the world so I feel I need to try to win some matches over the next five, six weeks, get back into the top 30 and be a comfortable seeding (for Wimbledon) and be seeded for the grass events.
“That’s where I can do some damage, but my main priority is to win a match. “The next three, four weeks I have to keep positive and I’ll get a chance.” Tomic said he felt physically strong and was now set on arriving in good heart for Wimbledon, where last year he was within a couple of points of matching his previous best, a quarter-final appearance in 2011.
“If I play well on clay and get fit for the four, five weeks, it helps so much on grass,” he said.
“I feel so much better on grass. Last year I had a fourth-round chance, lost 10-8 in the fifth, to make quarters again.
“Clay builds you up and gets me ready for the grass, so every match I can win on clay is a plus.”
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