Bernie Tomic – primed for a huge 2022 comeback?

Remember Bernard Tomic? If you watched tennis around a decade ago, you’d know he was one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the ATP Tour. He made the quarter-finals of Wimbledon back in 2011, while still being a teenager. He has also been ranked as high as number 17 in the world back in 2016. But as promising as things were for Bernie back in the day, some would say that he didn’t fulfil his potential. To be honest, I’m sure Bernie himself would say the same thing.

Bernie Tomic

However, while he has had his fair share of controversies and personal difficulties, it’s looking like he might be falling back in love with tennis again. And I must say, I’m pretty excited about his return should he get serious on both the practice and match court. But what kind of damage could Tomic do in 2022 and why is this the case? Read on to find out.

Tomic – his 2022 resurgence potential

According to recent social media evidence, Tomic is getting himself fit and healthy for 2022. He has stated that he is waking up at 6AM daily to engage in workouts and practice. Tomic has even stated that he now doesn’t drink and that he has ambitions to break the top 10! If that doesn’t show a complete lifestyle change, I don’t know what does. So with this in mind, let’s look at what the 2022 season could entail:

First port of call – the Aussie Open

At the time of writing, Bernie Tomic is ranked 260 in the world. That’s obviously quite a distance from his all-time career-high of 17. Now on paper, this would suggest that he has no chance of getting straight into the main draw of the Aussie. However, I believe that with his newfound interest in becoming the best player possible, he could well get a wildcard into the main draw. If not, I’ve every confidence that he will qualify if he has to go down this route. 

After all, he managed to do this in 2021, winning three qualifying matches, two of which by a score of 7-6 in the third. He then made the second round in the main draw, losing to Denis Shapovalov. 

Wimbledon main draw

Depending on how the first part of the year goes, I see no reason why he cannot make the main draw of Wimbledon. I don’t think he will get into the main draw directly. That’s because he would need to pick up a ton of ranking points in the early season to make this a reality. But since he is one of the best flat hitters of the ball I’ve ever seen, his game is definitely suited to the grass. For this reason, I truly believe that another main draw beckons here once he burns through qualifying. And once he is in the main draw, anything could happen. 

Late summer hard court season

At this point, I’ve every confidence that Tomic will be firmly in the top 100 in rankings. Could he be inside the top 50? Who knows, but it is certainly possible. The late-season boasts plenty of important hard-court events too – a surface that Bernie loves and plays well on. Of course, the pinnacle of the hard-court swing is the US Open. 

Could he get straight into the main draw? I wouldn’t write it off. Nor would I write off a deep-draw run for Tomic assuming he stays fit and healthy.

About the author

Gavin Davison

Gavin is a full-time copywriter based in the United Kingdom. He has previously played NCAA college tennis in the USA and competed in many international events throughout his younger days. He still plays competitively and follows both the ATP & WTA Tours closely. His favourite player is Roger Federer.

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