There’s most likely just one particular person on the planet who thinks world No. 260 Bernard Tomic will win Wimbledon — and it’s the person himself.
Bernard Tomic was knocked out within the first spherical of the Australian Open qualifiers this week, however the 29-year-old is adamant he can nonetheless win a Wimbledon title sooner or later.
The Australian tennis star made headlines in 2011 when he reached the quarter-finals at SW19 as a youngster, turning into the youngest participant since Boris Becker in 1986 to realize the feat.
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He was defeated by eventual champion Novak Djokovic in 4 units, however Tomic’s golden run turned loads of heads.
Unfortunately, the Aussie hasn’t superior to the quarter-finals of a grand slam event since, failing to progress to the fourth spherical of a serious in practically six years.
Tomic sits at No. 260 on the ATP world rankings and his off-court behaviour has drawn extra consideration than his precise tennis in recent times.
But regardless of the profession hunch, Tomic continues to be focusing on a Wimbledon triumph.
“I can win Wimbledon,” Tomic instructed Channel 9’s A Current Affair.
“We all know this, I know this — I’m probably a top 10 player in the world on grass. I will do it, before I retire, I will do it, that’s for sure.”
He elaborated in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald: “Time is running out. I’ve realised I need to snap out of it and get back to the sport, finish it off the right way and retire happy. Guilt free.
“There are so many things I could have done. I could have won Wimbledon in my career. But I know I can do it. There’s a window coming in the next five or six years before I retire and I’m going to do it. I’ve got my eyes on it and I will do it.
“To have that talent there and not fulfil your potential, it’s going to hurt me when I do retire. I want to do this for myself. Not for you, not for my father, not for anyone. But to prove to myself that I could have done this. This is rock bottom. There’s only up from here.”
Tomic additionally admitted he was “still scared” of his father John — who was additionally his coach for many of his profession — within the wide-ranging TV interview forward of the Australian Open. He claimed his father “whacked balls at me, rackets and stuff” and that he was “a crazy man”.
“Growing up was just tennis, tennis, tennis,” Tomic stated. “That’s the only thing I knew. I was breathing tennis, sleeping tennis and working very hard. People don’t see the work I put in, the blood, sweat and tears. I was on court 8-10 hours a day, at a young age, when I was 10 years old.
“Obviously there a lot of stuff I would change there as a father, as a son. I wouldn’t want to raise my kids the way I was raised. I mean, you live and learn. I have learnt a lot from my father, don’t get me wrong.”
Tomic is isolating after receiving a positive test result for Covid-19 following his vibrant return to the court docket, which ended inside an hour on Tuesday.
After a summer season stuffed with guarantees about re-dedicating himself to tennis, Tomic ran right into a no-frills Russian opponent Roman Safiullin, who was in no temper to provide the Australian a leg-up.
Safiullin, the world No. 146, breezed into the second round of Australian Open qualifying 6-1 6-4 at Tomic’s expense, maybe ending the prospect of us seeing extra dramatic social media content material.
Tomic fell aside within the opening set, dropping in 23 minutes, and entered into a vibrant change with the chair umpire shortly afterwards on the change of ends.
He appeared satisfied he would quickly take a look at constructive for Covid-19, and refused to do any post-match interviews due to his on-court feedback.
“I’m sure in the next two days I’ll test positive, I’m telling you,” Tomic stated to the umpire.
“I’ll buy you dinner if I don’t test positive in three days. Otherwise you buy me dinner.
“I cannot believe nobody’s getting tested. They’re allowing players to come on the court with rapid tests in their room. Come on.
“No official PCR testing.”
— with Andrew McMurtry and Marc McGowan, NCA NewsWire