It appears Australian NO. 2 Bernard Tomic’s groin injury was far more serious than many believed it would be. The 21-year-old revealed that he will be sidelined for several months as he undergoes hip surgery to correct a defect doctors say he has carried for over a decade.
The world No. 57 attracted some harsh criticism, particularly from hometown fans, when he retired from his first round match against Nadal after playing only one set, but it now appears the criticism was unfounded.
“Bernard’s injury is complex and resulted from a hip condition called femoralacetabular impingement, which has placed significant limitations on Bernard’s agility and speed and places him at constant risk of injury,” Dr Clark told the Herald Sun. “He requires the surgery in the coming weeks and will likely return to the ATP circuit in three months.”
The doctor also mentioned that it baffling that Tomic has even managed the success he achieved with the hip defect, considering it significantly impacts an athlete’s speed.
“It is remarkable that he has had the success he has had considering this hip condition. The good news is that it can be fixed with surgery with most athletes returning with superior agility and speed.” he added.
Tomic’s surgery next week means that he will be unable to take part in the scheduled Davis Cup tie between Australia and France, where he was a vital part of the team.