Tennis News 2023: Australian Open wildcard snup threatens Bernard Tomic’s tennis career; Qualifying brush off

Bernard Tomic’s tennis career was already on life support, but now he’s caught a qualifying wildcard snub from Tennis Australia. Is this the end for tennis’ bad boy?

Bernard Tomic has been snubbed for an Australian Open qualifying tournament wildcard – a hammer blow to the former bad boy’s bid to rebuild his professional career.

Tennis Australia officials on Saturday handed out nine wildcards to the qualifying tournament that begins Sunday – including five to teenagers who are currently ranked lower than Tomic on the ATP Tour.

Tomic, 30, is currently ranked No. 466 in the world after spending the past year rebuilding his career and winning three lower division ITF events to collect just $35,732 in prize money.

But of that income, $25,250 came from the first-round loss in Melbourne last year, with his tour wins worth just $2,160 each.

Tomic complained at the time about feeling ill and predicted he would test positive for Covid after that loss – a diagnosis he later confirmed a few days later.

But without a Grand Slam income to fund his 2023, it remains to be seen how committed Tomic is to rebuilding his professional career, although he does take to Instagram to discuss his training and what drives him.

It is clear that Tennis Australia sees no way back for Tomic.

They want to invest in the future by giving more than half of the wildcards awarded to teenagers lower than him, including world No. 543 Philip Sekulic (19-year-old from Queensland), No. 636 Bruno Kuzuhara (18 years from Queensland). USA), No. 672 Edward Winter (18 years old from South Australia), No. 990 Jeremy Jin (18 years old from NSW) and No. 1017 Derek Pham (18 years old from WA).

Kuzuhara is the reigning Australian Open boys’ singles champion, while Adam Watson, 23, is the oldest wildcard entrant, having climbed the rankings with three ITF titles after graduating from US college in 2022.

Tennis Australia handed nine young women wildcards to qualify, including 22-year-old Destanee Aiava, who fought off a suicide attempt just before her 22nd birthday last year in a bid to revive her career.

Aiava, who has spoken publicly about her mental health issues, will be the feel-good story of the tournament if she can turn this wildcard qualifier into a Grand Slam tournament start.

The other women’s wildcards for Australia are: Astra Sharma (No.233, 27 years from WA), Lizette Cabrera (No.265, 25 years from Queensland), Alexandra Bozovic (No.307, 23 years from NSW), Ellen Perez (No.364, 27 from NSW), Seone Mendez (No.375, 23 years from NSW), Petra Hule (No.452, 23 years from SA), Kaylah McPhee (No.580, 24 years from Queensland) and Elysia Bolton (No. 681, age 22). from NSW).

Originally published as Australian Open News: Wildcard snub throws Bernard Tomic’s comeback into disarray Tennis News 2023: Australian Open wildcard snup threatens Bernard Tomic’s tennis career; Qualifying brush off

Ryan Sederquist

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