Bernard Tomic will once again try to make a comeback to professional competition, when he attempts to work his way through the Madrid Masters qualifying round next week. The news was revealed by the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Australian has played only one tournament since his first round withdrawal against Nadal at the Australian Open, as the youngster underwent double hip surgery shortly afterwards. He would later attempt to make an embarrassing comeback in Miami, where he lost in a record 26-minute. Since his absence, he has dropped to no. 71 in the rankings, Lleyton Hewitt, Matt Ebden and Marinko Matosevic, and will need to take part in the Madrid qualifying draw if he hopes to take part in the main draw in early May.
Tennis Australia president Stephen Healy is hopeful for Tomic’s comeback and suggests that if he gets his “act together” he will become a fantastic asset for his nation in the future.
“From our point of view, if we’ve got Bernard, and we’ve got Nick Kyrgios and we’ve got Thanasi Kokkinakis, we’re a force to be reckoned with in a couple of years. It will be fantastic, so I really hope he does make some good decisions.”
The Mutua Madrid Open takes place between May 4-11 in Madrid, Spain.