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HomeBreaking NewsReal reason resurgent Tomic copped AO snub

Real reason resurgent Tomic copped AO snub

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When Bernard Tomic first burst onto the scene as a teenager, he had the tennis world at his feet – but for a variety of reasons, he never reached the top.

The 30-year-old was left out of the qualifying wildcards when the list was released, and will not feature at Melbourne Park.

Yet, despite his rancorous past, there’s perhaps a reasonable case that he should have been given the chance to reignite his flagging career at his home grand slam.

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Quite simply, by courtesy of his world ranking of 462 Tomic left his fate in the hands of Tennis Australia, with a wildcard entry into the qualifying draw his only hope of clawing his way into the first grand slam of 2023.

The criteria for wildcard spots is rubbery, although they are often reserved for young Australians who are climbing their way up the tennis ladder and are considered to have a promising future.

Tomic, now 30, and having made his Australian Open main draw debut way back in 2009, certainly isn’t ‘young’ and despite a recent upturn in his results it is still debatable whether he has a promising future.

Yet wildcards are also handed out to veterans as a reward for past deeds as well as players who have made a significant leap up the rankings.

Having slipped to a low of 825 in the world last year, Tomic rocketed 363 places up the rankings by season’s end on the back of three tournament victories on the Futures circuit.

Should that bounce have been rewarded

When Bernard Tomic first burst onto the scene as a teenager, he had the tennis world at his feet - but for a variety of reasons, he never reached the top. The 30-year-old was left out of the qualifying wildcards when the list was released, and will not feature at Melbourne Park. Quite simply, by courtesy of his world ranking of 462 Tomic left his fate in the hands of Tennis Australia, with a wildcard entry into the qualifying draw his only hope of clawing his way into the first grand slam of 2023.

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