Australia’s Bernard Tomic expected to make his return to tennis at the Monte Carlo Masters following a lengthy absence due to hip surgery. It would mark almost three months from his last professional contest, which came in the opening round of the Australian Open against Rafael Nadal.
Following his first round retirement against Nadal in Melbourne, Tomic immediately accepted the option of surgery, which was aimed to correct a structural abnormality in the head of Tomic’s femur, a problem he had apparently been dealing with for most of his career.
”For having had bilateral hip surgery, he’s doing very well, a little bit better than I thought he would at this time,” Gutierrez, the Australian Open’s head physio, told the Sydney Morning Herald. ”He’s been very restricted, because tennis being a flexion, or bent-over type of a sport, and him being so tall, his limitations were significant, especially playing on grass and hard courts. It forced him to bend a little bit more than he had to, hence irritating the hip joints a little bit more than you normally would.”
A return at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters would fit the expected timeframe for Tomic, considering it would be 12 weeks following the surgery and would take place on the most forgiving of all surfaces – clay. The event takes place between April 13-20