Bernard Tomic is the centre of controversy again. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au/Michael Klein
As has been the case over the past couple of years, Bernard Tomic and his father, John, have been in the news as much for off-court issues as the youngster’s tennis exploits. The USTA has refused to grant John Tomic accreditation to the final Slam of the year, the US Open, following his alleged assault of his son’s former hitting partner.
On the court there hasn’t been much to talk about with the Gold Coaster struggling during the US hardcourt season. He was thrashed by Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round in Washington, then suffered first round defeats to Florian Mayer and American journeyman Robby Ginepri in Cincinnati. His form has dropped off considerably since his good performance at Wimbledon where he made it to the round of 16.
The good news is he is taking on a claycourt specialist in the opening round at Flushing Meadows in the form of Spaniard Albert Ramos . The pair has never faced off before, but Tomic does have a 4-0 record against left-handers this year, and he is 8-6 lifetime against southpaws.
The bad news is that he is returning to the site of one of the lowest points in his career. In 2012 he was thrashed 6-3 6-4 6-0 by retiring American favourite Andy Roddick and accused by John McEnroe of tanking. The year before he was wiped off the court by Marin Cilic taking just three games off the Croatian in the second round.
Ramos comes off losses in the first round of qualifying at both Montreal and Cincinnati. He has played the US Open just twice, with a victory over Ginepri in the opening round last year his only taste of success. Despite playing little tennis on hardcourt this year, Ramos had a good run at the Miami Masters in March, beating the likes of Juan Monaco and James Blake before falling to Jurgen Melzer in the fourth round.
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