Tomic at the 2019 French Open
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Born||21 October 1992|
|Height||196 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
Tony Roche (2015–present)
Gavin Hopper (2017–present)
|Career record||185–181 (50.5%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 17 (11 January 2016)|
|Current ranking||No. 202 (16 March 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2012, 2015, 2016)|
|French Open||2R (2012, 2015, 2016)|
|US Open||3R (2015)|
|Olympic Games||1R (2012)|
|Career record||18–52 (25.7%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 114 (24 July 2017)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2010)|
|French Open||1R (2012, 2016, 2017)|
|US Open||2R (2012)|
|Career record||2–8 (20.0%)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2012)|
|Davis Cup||SF (2015)|
|Hopman Cup||RR (2013, 2014)|
|Last updated on: as of 22 March 2020[update].|
Bernard Tomic (//; Croatian: Bernard Tomić, pronounced [běrnard tômitɕ, – tǒː-]; born 21 October 1992) is a German-born Australian professional tennis player whose career-high ranking was world No. 17. As a junior, Tomic enjoyed a successful career in which he won an Orange Bowl title and two junior Grand Slam singles titles, the 2008 Australian Open and 2009 US Open. He won the 2013 Apia International Sydney, 2014 Claro Open Colombia, 2015 Claro Open Colombia and the 2018 Chengdu Open. He made a final appearance at the 2016 Acapulco Telcel and a quarterfinal appearance at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, as well as at the 2015 BNP Paribas Open, the 2015 Shanghai Masters and the 2016 Western & Southern Open.
In January 2018, Tomic was revealed as a celebrity contestant on the fourth season of the Australian version of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. On 30 January 2018, Tomic withdrew from the competition after three days, due to feeling uncomfortable and depressed.
Throughout his career, Tomic has been known for his controversial behaviour, including legal issues, altercations with officials and fans, and accusations of "tanking" during events.
Tomic was born in Stuttgart, Germany, on 21 October 1992. Tomic's parents, Croatian father, John (Ivica) and Bosnian mother, Ady (Adisa), left Socialist Yugoslavia several years before his birth. In an interview, Tomic stated that his parents "have a Croatian background". They were both working in Germany when Tomic was born. The family migrated to Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia in 1996 when Tomic was three years old. His younger sister Sara is also a professional tennis player. Tomic was educated at Southport State School during his primary school years before taking up a sports scholarship at The Southport School for high school.
Before Tomic began competing on the ITF junior tour he stated that he would become the number 1 tennis player in the world, win all the Grand Slams and become Australia's youngest Davis Cup player. He also claimed he would achieve these goals by attaining the serve of Goran Ivanišević, the mind of Pete Sampras, the groundstrokes of Roger Federer and the heart of Lleyton Hewitt. In 2004, 2006 and 2007 respectively, Tomic won the 12s, 14s and 16s Orange Bowl titles – one of the most prestigious events on the junior tour.
Playing his first singles event on the ITF junior tour in 2006, he qualified for the Sunsmart 18 and Under Canterbury Championships in New Zealand and went on to win the title at 13 years of age, defeating Dae-Soung Oh of Korea in the final. His success continued in the following weeks, winning the next three tournaments he played in, giving him a 25 match winning streak. He was able to extend this streak to 26 at the Riad 21 junior tournament in Morocco before falling in the round of 16 to future junior world number 1 and ATP top 50 player Ričardas Berankis.
Tomic gained direct acceptance into his first junior Grand Slam at the 2007 Australian Open junior boys tournament at 14 years of age, the youngest player to ever gain direct entry. He came out victorious in round 1 against the sixth seed José-Roberto Velasco. In the second round he was defeated by Kevin Botti 6–3, 3–6, 6–3. In attendance for the match were Australian tennis greats Tony Roche, John Newcombe and Pat Rafter. In his second junior Grand Slam tournament at the 2007 French Open he made his way through qualifying to reach the main draw where he triumphed in the first round. In the second round he would lose to Ričardas Berankis 6–2, 6–3.
Tomic did not play in another tournament until August 2007, where he won the Oceania Closed Junior Championships without dropping a set. He was unable to continue his dominance at the Junior US Open, falling in the Round of 16 to future top 15 ATP player Jerzy Janowicz. Following the US Open, Tomic picked up a second title in 2007 by winning the G1 in Kentucky. He would then travel to Italy where he compiled an undefeated record in the Junior Davis Cup and lead Australia to victory in the final against Argentina with teammates Mark Verryth and Alex Sanders. Tomic finished 2007 with a junior world ranking of 23.
Tomic began 2008 by winning Nottinghill, an Australian ITF Junior event in Melbourne without dropping a set. Two days later he started his campaign for the Australian Open Juniors title as the 5th seed. He went on to win the event, defeating the 25th, 11th, 8th and 1st seed before beating 10th seed Tsung-Hua Yang of Taiwan in the final. His win at the age of 15 made him the youngest winner of the Australian Open Junior Boys' Championships in the Open Era.
Four months later, at Roland Garros, Tomic, the number one seed, fell in the quarter finals to Guido Pella of Argentina, losing in two sets. At Wimbledon, Tomic was again the number one seed, but fell in the semi-finals to Henri Kontinen. In a notable quarter final match, he played another rising star, Henrique Cunha of Brazil, and came through victorious in three sets. He also finished runner-up in the Wimbledon Junior Boys' doubles with fellow Australian junior Matt Reid. At the 2008 US Open, Tomic lost in the first round of the boys' singles to qualifier Devin Britton of the United States in three sets, who would go on to lose in the final.
Tomic returned to junior competition at the 2009 French Open where he reached the Round of 16 in the boys' singles tournament and a month later once again reached the semi finals at Wimbledon. At the 2009 US Open, however, Tomic won the junior grand slam title, defeating Chase Buchanan of the United States. The 2009 US Open was his last junior tournament. Despite winning two junior grand slams Tomic's highest junior ranking was number 2 in the world.
ITF Junior finals (11)
Singles: 9 (9 titles)
|Grand Slam (2)|
|Grade A (0)|
|Grade B (1)|
|Grade 1–5 (6)|
|Winner||1.||6 February 2006||Christchurch, New Zealand||Hard||Nam Kyung-Woo||2–6, 6–0, 7–5|
|Winner||2.||14 February 2006||Wellington, New Zealand||Hard||Oh Dae-Soung||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||3.||27 February 2006||Adelaide, Australia||Hard||Hiroki Moriya||6–3, 6–3|
|Winner||4.||6 March 2006||Gosford, Australia||Hard||Jared Easton||6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||5.||19 August 2007||Lautoka, Fiji||Hard||Brendan Mckenzie||6–3, 6–4|
|Winner||6.||10 September 2007||Lexington, United States||Hard||Jarmere Jenkins||6–2, 6–3|
|Winner||7.||12 January 2008||Nottinghill, Australia||Hard||Bradley Klahn||6–3, 7–6(10–8)|
|Winner||8.||20 January 2008||Australian Open||Hard||Yang Tsung-Hua||4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–0|
|Winner||9.||31 August 2009||US Open||Hard||Chase Buchanan||6–1, 6–3|
Doubles: 2 (2 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||3 November 2007||New Delhi, India||Hard||Hiroki Moriya|| Yuki Bhambri
|Runner-up||2.||6 July 2008||Wimbledon||Grass||Matt Reid|| Hsieh Cheng-Peng
|4–6, 6–2, 10–12|
At the age of 15 Tomic began competing in professional events. Tomic began 2008 at the Australian Open where he was given a place in the qualifying draw. He defeated Yeu-Tzuoo Wang of Chinese Taipei in the first round in three sets after saving five match points but lost to Prakash Amritraj in the next round.
In August, Tomic reached the first professional final of his career at an F2 tournament in Indonesia. He defeated Kittipong Wachiramanowong, Hsien-Yin Peng, Peerakiat Siriluethaiwattana and Kento Takeuchi en route to the final without dropping a set before losing to Yūichi Sugita in three sets. In December, Tomic competed at a F12 tournament in Australia where he defeated fellow Australian James O'Brien in the first round before controversially walking off court whilst down a set and 3–1 against Marinko Matosevic in his next match. Towards the end of 2008, Tomic stated that he would no longer compete in junior tournaments and instead focus solely on senior tournaments. In March 2009, the ITF suspended Tomic from playing ITF professional tournaments for a month.
In January 2009, Tomic was granted a wildcard into his first ATP event, the Brisbane International, where he lost to Fernando Verdasco in the first round. He was also granted a wildcard into the 2009 Australian Open, drawing Potito Starace in the first round. He won the match after saving two set points in the fourth set tiebreak and thus became the youngest ever male tennis player to win a senior Australian Open Grand Slam tournament match. In the second round he lost to Gilles Müller in four sets. Tomic also contested the mixed doubles event with fellow 16-year-old Australian Monika Wejnert but the pair lost to the Canadian pairing of Aleksandra Wozniak and Daniel Nestor in the first round.
Tomic received wildcards into Australian Challenger tournaments in Burnie and Melbourne held in February. He reached the quarter-finals in Burnie before winning his first Challenger title in Melbourne at the age of 16. He later received a wildcard into the 2009 French Open but was easily beaten by Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round.
Following the defeat, Tomic decided to return to the junior tour to contest the Grand Slam tournaments and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open Junior tournament. At Wimbledon, Tomic lost in the final round of qualifying to Édouard Roger-Vasselin. He contested the junior tournament and reached the semi-finals before being losing to the eventual champion, Andrey Kuznetsov. In September, Tomic won the 2009 US Open Junior singles title by defeating Chase Buchanan in the final. In December 2009, Tomic lost in the final of the Australian open wildcard playoff to Nick Lindahl. He finished the year as the World No. 286.
Tomic began the 2010 season by competing in the 2010 Brisbane International where he lost in the first round to qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov. He won the World Tennis Challenge for the Australasia team, defeating Gilles Simon of team Europe, Radek Štěpánek of the Internationals team and Robby Ginepri of the Americas team. At 2010 Kooyong Classic Tomic defeated World No. 3 Novak Djokovic in three sets (6–4, 3–6, 7–5). Despite losing in the wildcard playoff, Tomic was granted a main draw wildcard for the 2010 Australian Open. At the Australian Open, Tomic defeated Guillaume Rufin in the first round in straight sets before losing to fourteenth seed Marin Čilić in the second round in five sets.
In February, Tomic qualified for the Burnie Challenger tournament in Tasmania and went on to win the event by defeating Greg Jones in the final. In March, Tomic was selected to play singles for the Australian Davis Cup Team. He won both of his matches in the tie against Chinese Taipei, defeating Yang Tsung-hua and Lee Hsin-han. He then competed at the 2010 Tennis Napoli Cup as a wildcard but lost to Paolo Lorenzi in the first round in straight sets. Tomic's next tournament was the 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters where he lost in the first round to the unseeded German Benjamin Becker. He then received a wildcard to compete in the 2010 Zagreb Open but lost to Michael Yani in the first round.
Tomic was awarded a wildcard for the 2010 Aegon Championships where he upset fifteenth seed Andreas Seppi in the first round before losing to Belgian Xavier Malisse in the second round. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, Tomic qualified for the main draw but lost in the first round to Mardy Fish. He then entered the qualifying draw of the 2010 US Open but lost in the second round to Noam Okun. His final ATP event of the year was the 2010 Proton Malaysian Open where he competed as a wildcard. He lost to David Ferrer in the first round. In December 2010, Tomic withdrew from the Australian Open Wild Card Play Offs. He finished the year at a career high singles ranking of world No. 208.
2011: Grand Slam quarterfinal
Tomic began his 2011 season at the Brisbane International where he was given a main draw wild card but lost to Florian Mayer in the first round. At the Medibank International in Sydney, Tomic lost to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round despite taking the first set. His performance in Sydney earned him the final discretionary wildcard into the main draw of the 2011 Australian Open.
In Melbourne, Tomic matched his two prior Open performances when he defeated Jérémy Chardy in the first round. He then recorded back-to-back main draw wins for the first time in his career when he defeated the thirty-first seed Feliciano López. In a much anticipated night match, Tomic lost to world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the third round despite having led 4–0 in the second set.
In February, Tomic competed in the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, where he was given a main draw wild card. In the first round, Tomic defeated Indian qualifier Rohan Bopanna in three sets to reach the second round of an ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time. He faced sixteenth seeded Serbian, Viktor Troicki in the second round where he lost in straight sets. Tomic was granted a main draw wild card for the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami but lost in the first round to Pablo Andújar. At the French Open he lost in the first round to Carlos Berlocq, in straight sets.
At the 2011 Wimbledon Championships, Tomic defeated twenty-eighth seed Nikolay Davydenko, Igor Andreev, fifth seed Robin Söderling and Xavier Malisse to reach his first grand slam singles quarterfinal, thus becoming the youngest player since Boris Becker in 1986 to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. There, he lost to the eventual champion Novak Djokovic in four sets. With this showing, Tomic moved 87 places up in the ATP rankings, to number 71 in the world.
At the Rogers Cup, Tomic won his first round match against Lu Yen-hsun before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round. He earned direct entry into the US Open, and defeated Michael Yani before losing to Marin Čilić in the second round.
Tomic then returned home to Australia to compete in the 2011 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs against Switzerland. He defeated Stanislas Wawrinka in the opening match but lost his second match to world No. 3 Roger Federer. Tomic then competed at the 2011 Proton Malaysian Open but lost in the first round to Flavio Cipolla. Tomic's next event was the 2011 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships. He upset the fifth seed, Victor Troicki in straight sets in the first round and defeated Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito in the second round before losing to fourth seed Mardy Fish in the quarterfinals. Tomic achieved a new career high singles ranking of world No. 49 following the event. Tomic then entered the Shanghai Masters where despite being unseeded, he reached the third round. Tomic defeated Kevin Anderson and 5th seed Mardy Fish before losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov. He then competed at the 2011 If Stockholm Open. He defeated qualifier, Jürgen Zopp in the first round but lost to Gaël Monfils in the second round. Tomic finished the year ranked world No. 42.
2012: First ATP semi-final
Tomic began his 2012 season at the Brisbane International. He defeated Julien Benneteau, Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito and Denis Istomin to reach his first ATP semi-final where he lost in straight sets to world No. 4 and eventual champion, Andy Murray. He then won the 2012 Kooyong Classic, defeating Tomáš Berdych, Gaël Monfils and Mardy Fish in the final.
In the first round of the 2012 Australian Open, Tomic rallied from two sets to love down to defeat Fernando Verdasco in 4 hours and 11 minutes. He defeated Sam Querrey and Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next two rounds to reach the fourth round for the first time where he lost to world No. 3 Roger Federer in straight sets.
Tomic was seeded eighth at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, but lost to Ivan Dodig in the first round, despite having two match points. At the 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Tomic was seeded eighth. He reached the quarterfinals but lost to the top seed John Isner. In his next event the BNP Paribas Open, Tomic suffered a first round loss to Gilles Müller. At the 2012 Sony Ericsson Open Tomic defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky before losing to world No. 5 David Ferrer in the second round.
Tomic began his clay court season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he advanced to the second round of a clay court event for the first time, defeating Denis Istomin in straight sets before losing to Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets. At the Barcelona Open, Tomic defeated Ernests Gulbis before losing to Albert Montañés in the second round. Tomic's next event was the BMW Open where he reached the quarterfinals of a clay court event for the first time in his career after wins over Olivier Rochus and Potito Starace. He later lost to Feliciano López. In his first ever match at the Madrid Open, Tomic lost to Radek Štěpánek in the first round. At the 2012 Italian Open, Tomic defeated qualifier Santiago Giraldo in the first round before losing to world No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the second round.
Tomic was seeded twenty-fifth at the French Open, marking his first appearance as a seeded player in a Grand Slam tournament. He defeated qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer in the first round but lost to Santiago Giraldo in the second round.
Tomic began his grass court season at the 2012 Gerry Weber Open where he retired against wildcard and eventual champion Tommy Haas in the first round whilst down 5–2. Tomic was seeded fourth in his next event, the 2012 Aegon International but lost in three sets to Fabio Fognini in the second round after receiving a first round bye. At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Tomic suffered a first round four set loss to David Goffin. Tomic's losing streak continued after Wimbledon as he lost to Thomaz Bellucci in the second round of the 2012 MercedesCup after a first round bye. In his next two events, Tomic lost to Benoît Paire of France in the first round of the 2012 Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad and Kei Nishikori in the first round of the 2012 London Olympics.
Tomic snapped his 7-match losing streak at the 2012 Rogers Cup, defeating Michael Berrer in three sets before losing to the eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the second round. The following week, Tomic reached the third round of the Western & Southern Open, defeating Americans Ryan Harrison and Brian Baker en route before losing to the world No. 1 and eventual champion, Roger Federer. At the US Open, Tomic progressed to the second round for the second consecutive year after defeating Carlos Berlocq in four sets before losing to former world No. 1 and twentieth seed, Andy Roddick in straight sets. In his first event following the US Open, Tomic advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2012 PTT Thailand Open, defeating Guillermo García-López and Dudi Sela en route before losing to the second seed and eventual champion, Richard Gasquet. However, Tomic did not win another match for the rest of the season, losing his opening matches in Tokyo, Shanghai and Basel. He finished the year ranked world No. 52.
2013: First ATP title
At the 2013 Hopman Cup Tomic defeated Tommy Haas, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Andreas Seppi. Tomic's first official tournament for the year was the Apia International in Sydney. He defeated compatriot Marinko Matosevic, fifth seed Florian Mayer, defending champion Jarkko Nieminen and Andreas Seppi in the semifinals to reach his first career singles final where he defeated Kevin Anderson in three sets to win his maiden ATP title. At the 2013 Australian Open, Tomic defeated Leonardo Mayer and Daniel Brands to reach the third round where he lost to world No. 2 Roger Federer in straight sets.
In his first match since the Australian Open, Tomic suffered a three set loss to Grigor Dimitrov in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. He rebounded by reaching the quarterfinals of the Open 13, defeating the eighth seed, Martin Kližan in the first round after saving a match point in the deciding set tie-break and Somdev Devvarman in the second round before losing to third seed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three sets. At the Dubai Tennis Championships, Tomic retired from his first round match against Victor Hănescu whilst trailing 3–2.
At the BNP Paribas Open, Tomic defeated Thomaz Bellucci before losing to tenth seed Richard Gasquet in the second round. The following fortnight, Tomic reached the second round of the Sony Open Tennis, defeating Marc Gicquel in the first round before losing to world No. 3 and eventual champion Andy Murray in straight sets.
Tomic's first clay court tournament of the year was in Monte Carlo where he fell to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round. Tomic then reached the second round in Barcelona defeating Kenny de Schepper before losing to Juan Mónaco. In his next tournament, Tomic suffered a round one defeat in Madrid against Radek Štěpánek, At the French Open, his first round match was against Victor Hănescu however Tomic was forced to retire at the beginning of the third set, citing a hamstring injury.
At the Aegon International, Tomic defeated James Ward and Julien Benneteau en route to the quarterfinals where he lost to Gilles Simon in straight sets. At Wimbledon, Tomic beat Sam Querrey in five tough sets and James Blake in straight sets before recording a huge win over 9th seeded Richard Gasquet in the third round. In the fourth round, he lost to Tomáš Berdych in four sets
To begin his north-American hard court season, he played in Washington. As a seeded player, he received bye through to the second round where he demolished David Goffin. In the third round, he lost to No. 1 seed and eventual champion Juan Martín del Potro. At the Rogers Cup he lost in the first round to Florian Mayer in three sets after winning the first set. At the US Open he defeated Albert Ramos in five sets before losing to Dan Evans in the second round.
Tomic's first tournament following the US open was in Bangkok where he defeated Ivo Karlović to reached the second round before losing to Gilles Simon. Then Tomic took part in the 2013 China Open – Men's Singles, in the first round, he defeated Zhang Ze before losing to fifth seed Richard Gasquet in the second round. This was the first of five consecutive main draw losses, which included losing to Jérémy Chardy in Shanghai, Jack Sock in Stockholm, Mikhail Youzhny in Valencia and Feliciano López in Paris to close out his 2013 season. He finished the year ranked world No. 51.
2014: Injuries, rankings slip and second ATP title
At the 2014 Hopman Cup Tomic lost to Milos Raonic but then he defeated Andreas Seppi and Grzegorz Panfil. Tomic started off his 2014 season attempting to defend his Sydney International crown. In the first round, he crushed eighth seed Marcel Granollers, dropping just three games. He then defeated to Blaž Kavčič in the three sets to reach the quarterfinals where he had a straight sets win over Alexandr Dolgopolov. In the semifinals he faced Sergiy Stakhovsky, coming from a set down to advance to the final. In the final, he was defeated easily by world No. 6 Juan Martín del Potro. His next tournament was the 2014 Australian Open, where he retired in the first round against Rafael Nadal with a groin injury.
After undergoing two hip surgeries, Tomic returned to the tour to play at the 2014 Sony Open Tennis, where he lost in the first round against Jarkko Nieminen in 28 minutes, winning just one game. This match was the shortest recorded professional tennis match in 'Open Era' history.
Still recovering from surgery, Tomic failed to making it through qualifying in both Madrid and Rome. His next tournament was in Nice where he lost in the first round to Martin Kližan in three sets. Tomic then played at the French Open where he lost to Richard Gasquet in straight sets.
Tomic began his grass court season at the 2014 Aegon Championships where he defeated Tim Smyczek in the first round before losing to Radek Štěpánek in straight set tie-breaks. He then competed in Eastbourne. In the first round, he had a comfortable win over Andrey Golubev to reach the second round where he fell to top seed Richard Gasquet in three sets. Tomic's next tournament was Wimbledon. In the first round he defeated Evgeny Donskoy in straight sets to set up a second round clash with Tomáš Berdych who defeated him in four sets. As a result of the early exit, Tomic fell out of top 100 for the first time since 2011.
Due to his rankings slide, Tomic needed a wildcard to gain entry into the 2014 Claro Open Colombia. Tomic cruised through the opening rounds, defeating Farrukh Dustov and fifth seed Alejandro Falla in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, he defeated fourth seed Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, to advance to the semifinals where he emerged victorious in a tight three-set clash over Víctor Estrella Burgos. In the final, Tomic defeated defending champion and second seed Ivo Karlović in three sets to claim his second ATP title. His successful run catapulted him back into the top 70 for the first time since February.
He finished the year ranked world No. 56.
2015: Third ATP title and Top 20 ranking
Tomic started the year with quarterfinal appearances in Brisbane and Sydney before falling in the fourth round of the Australian Open to Tomáš Berdych. He backed this up with quarterfinal appearances in Memphis and Acapulco and a semi-final appearance in Delray Beach in February. These included wins over seeded players including Alexandr Dolgopolov, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Viktor Troicki and Benjamin Becker. He finished the month by securing Australia a quarterfinal berth in the Davis Cup for the first time since 2006 with wins against Jiří Veselý and Lukáš Rosol.
In March, Tomic was seeded thirty-second at the BNP Paribas Open, where he reached his first ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal after defeating qualifier Borna Ćorić, eighth seed David Ferrer for the first time in his career and compatriot and wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis. However, he withdrew from his match against World No. 1 and defending champion Novak Djokovic due to a back injury. He then played at the Miami Open as the 25th seed. He defeated Austin Krajicek in straight sets before losing to eighth seed Tomáš Berdych in the third round despite having four match points in the second set. He then played at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters where he defeated Lukáš Rosol in the first round. He then faced Andreas Haider-Maurer but lost in three tight sets. Tomic next played at the BMW Open where he was the 6th seed. He lost in three sets to former World number 8 Janko Tipsarević. Tomic then played at the Masters 1000 Mutua Madrid Open where he played Luca Vanni in round one and lost in 3 sets. Following this tournament he will play at the 2015 Internazionali BNL d'Italia where he lost to Viktor Troicki in 3 tight sets. He then played at the Nice Open where he retired against Gianni Mina after losing the first set 6–2. Tomic snapped his five match losing streak at the 2015 French Open where he was the 27th seed. He defeated Luca Vanni in 4 sets who he lost to in Madrid a month earlier. He then faced compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis and despite storming to a 2 set lead and having 3 match points in the final set, he lost the match.
Tomic began his grass court season at the 2015 MercedesCup where he defeated Jan-Lennard Struff and Tommy Haas to reach the quarterfinals where he lost to former world number 1 Rafael Nadal in 3 tight sets. His next tournament was the 2015 Gerry Weber Open where he lost to Steve Johnson in the first round. Tomic then played at Wimbledon as the 27th seed. He opened against Jan-Lennard Struff and defeated him in 5 sets. He then defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets to reach the third round where he lost to defending champion, World no. 1, and eventual champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Tomic then contested the 2015 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships as the 3rd seed. He lost against fellow Australian and eventual semi-finalist John-Patrick Smith in straight sets. He then played in Bogotá where he was the defending champ and 2nd seed. He played Adrián Menéndez-Maceiras following a first round bye and won in 3 sets to reach his 8th quarterfinal of 2015. He then defeated Tatsuma Ito in straight sets to set up a semifinal clash with Michael Berrer. He defeated Berrer in 3 sets to reach the final for the second straight year. He then defeated third seed Adrian Mannarino in 3 sets to win his 3rd career title.
Tomic was unable to capitalize on his success, losing in the first round at the 2015 Citi Open to eventual semifinalist Steve Johnson.Tomic next played at the Canadian Masters where he defeated João Sousa, Tomic backed this up by defeating world number 8 and reigning US Open champion Marin Čilić. He then lost to defending champion and 10th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tomic's then played at the 2015 Western & Southern Open where he defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky in the first round, he then lost to eventual semi-finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov. Tomic next played at the 2015 US Open as the 24th seed where he defeated Damir Džumhur in 4 sets. He then defeated compatriot and former champion Lleyton Hewitt in a thrilling five set match. Tomic emerged victorious after trailing 3–5 in the final set and saving 2 match points to take out the match in 3 hours and 30 minutes. Tomic then played against world No. 12 Richard Gasquet and lost in straight sets. His 3rd round performance was his best result at the US Open to date.
Tomic then competed for Australia at the Davis Cup Semifinals and defeated Daniel Evans which saw him crack the top 20 in the rankings for the first time. Following his win he lost in straight sets to world number 3 Andy Murray. His next tournament was the Japan Open where he retired whilst down a set against Steve Johnson. Tomic then entered the Shanghai Masters where despite being unseeded, he reached the quarterfinals. Tomic defeated Fernando Verdasco, 7th seed David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet before losing to world number one Novak Djokovic 7–6, 6–1. This was the most games any player had won against Djokovic in 8 matches. The tournament scored Tomic his 3rd top 10 win in 2015 (over David Ferrer) and was also his 2nd Masters quarterfinal of his career. As a result of his performance, he propelled to world number 18 for the first time. Tomic next played at the 2015 Stockholm Open as the 4th seed where he lost to Marcos Baghdatis in the second round after a first round bye. His final tournament of the year was the Paris Masters where he defeated Fabio Fognini before losing to eventual semi finalist Stan Wawrinka in the second round. He finished the year ranked world No. 18.
2016: First ATP 500 final, Masters 1000 quarterfinal
Tomic begun his season in Brisbane as the 7th seed. He won his opening round against Nicolas Mahut before defeating Radek Štěpánek and 2nd seed Kei Nishikori in subsequent rounds. Tomic was eliminated in the semi-finals by eventual champion Milos Raonic in two tight sets. This semi-final appearance saw the Australian move up to his career high ranking of 17th in the world. Tomic next contested the 2016 Apia International Sydney as the top seed. He defeated Aussie wildcard Jordan Thompson in the second round (following a first round bye). He then faced Teymuraz Gabashvili in the quarterfinals where he controversially retired while down a set and 3–0 in the second.
Tomic then participated at the 2016 Australian Open as the 16th seed. He breezed through to the 4th round with defeats over Denis Istomin, Simone Bolelli and John Millman before losing in straight sets to eventual runner up and second seed Andy Murray. Tomic next participated at the 2016 Ecuador Open Quito as the top seed. He defeated Roberto Carballés Baena in the second round after a first round bye. He then lost to Paolo Lorenzi in the quarterfinals in three tight sets. Tomic next contested the 2016 Delray Beach International where he was the second seed. He lost in the first round to eventual runner-up Rajeev Ram in straight sets. The following week Tomic played at the ATP 500 tournament in Acapulco where he was the 5th seed. He was drawn against Rajeev Ram in the first round but avenged his loss from the previous week and defeated him in straight sets. He then defeated Adrian Mannarino and Illya Marchenko both in straight sets to set up a semi-final clash with Alexandr Dolgopolov. Tomic lost the first set 1–6 yet rallied back to win the match in a thrilling three set match. He then contested his first ATP 500 final against Dominic Thiem where he lost in 3 sets, despite having led 5–2 in the first set. Tomic then played for Australia at the 2016 Davis Cup where they faced the United States. He won his first match against Jack Sock in 4 sets. However, he lost the reverse singles to John Isner which meant Australia lost in the 1R and therefore will face the World Group Playoffs in September.
Tomic stated before his next tournament at 2016 Indian Wells that he would miss the 2016 Miami Masters due to a wrist injury. He still played at Indian Wells as the 17th seed. For the third straight tournament he faced Rajeev Ram, again winning in straight sets. He then lost to eventual finalist Milos Raonic in the third round.
Tomic missed the 2016 Miami Masters and 2016 Monte-Carlo Masters due to his wrist injury. He then began his clay court season at the 2016 Bucharest Open where he was the top seed. He lost in the first round to Robin Haase. His next tournament is the 2016 Istanbul Open where again he's the top seed. He lost to eventual champion Diego Schwartzman in the second round following a first round bye. Tomic competed at the Madrid Open, but lost in straight sets to Fabio Fognini. He was criticized for giving up on match point. He turned his racket the other way around, with the handle facing forward as Fognini served for the point. He then competed at the Italian Open, but was forced to retire ten minutes in because of illness. Tomic next tournament was the French Open where he was seeded 20th. He beat Brian Baker in the first round in straight sets. However, he would lose to Borna Ćorić in the second round in four sets.
Tomic began his grass court season at the 2016 Ricoh Open as the second seed. He beat Aljaž Bedene to reach the quarterfinals before losing to the defending and eventual champion Nicolas Mahut. He next competed at the 2016 Queens Championships. He opened against the 2015 Queens finalist Kevin Anderson who he defeated in straight sets. He then beat Fernando Verdasco who defeated 2nd seed Stan Wawrinka in the previous round. In the quarterfinals he defeated Gilles Müller to set up a semifinal clash with Milos Raonic where he lost to the 3rd seed in straight sets. At the 2016 Wimbledon Championships, in the first round, Tomic beat Fernando Verdasco in five tough sets. Then he beat Radu Albot in four sets in the second round. In the third round, he beat world No.15 Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets. But in the fourth round, he lost to Lucas Pouille in five sets.
To begin his north-American hard court season, he played in Washington as the No.3 seed. He received a bye through to the second round where he defeated Donald Young. In the third round, he lost to No. 13 seed and eventual Runner-up Ivo Karlović. Tomic next played at the Canadian Masters where he defeated Alejandro González and Steven Diez but then lost to Kevin Anderson in the third round. He reached the Quarter-Final of the 2016 Western & Southern Open by beating former world number 28 João Sousa he then caused consecutive upsets by defeating the 11th seed David Goffin and the 5th seed Kei Nishikori. He then lost to world number 2 and eventual finalist Andy Murray in straight sets. Then Tomic played at the 2016 US Open as the 17th seed where he lost to Damir Džumhur in 4 sets in the first round.
Tomic began the Asian swing at the 2016 ATP Shenzhen Open as the fourth seed. He beat Ryan Harrison to reach the quarterfinals before losing to Thomaz Bellucci. He next participated at the 2016 China Open where he lost to Pablo Carreno Busta in the first round. Tomic also played the 2016 China Open Men's Doubles partnering Jack Sock. Despite his early singles exit, Tomic reached his first tour doubles final which included a win over the second seeds and world number three Marcelo Melo who partnered Łukasz Kubot. Tomic/Sock lost in the final in a tight three set match to the partnership of Pablo Carreño Busta/Rafael Nadal. Tomic next contests the 2016 Shanghai Rolex Masters, he lost to the 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.
He finished the year ranked world No. 26.
2017: Rapid decline
Tomic commenced the year at the Brisbane International. He lost in round 1 to David Ferrer. At the 2017 Australian Open, Tomic defeated Thomaz Bellucci and Víctor Estrella Burgos to reach the third round where he lost to Dan Evans in straight sets. Tomic then lost in the first round at five consecutive tournaments, before defeating Dustin Brown at the Barcelona Open. At the French Open, Tomic lost in the first round in a straight sets thumping against world number 7 Dominic Thiem. In the lead up to Wimbledon, Tomic achieved his best result of the season when he made the quarter-finals of the Aegon International. At Wimbledon, Tomic was fined $15,000 (£11,500) after his first round exit against Mischa Zverev. The fine was handed out due to Tomic's comments in the press conference where he admitted that he was bored with the tournament and faked an injury. Tomic's racquet provider Head subsequently dropped him. Tomic did not play any tournaments between Wimbledon and the US Open. At the US Open, Tomic was beaten by Gilles Muller in four-sets. With three consecutive first-round exits at Grand Slams and a string of poor results, Tomic's ranking dipped outside the world's top 140, his worst world ranking since 2011. In late September, Tomic returned at the Chengdu Open where he was easily beaten by Kyle Edmund in the first round. At the Japan Open in Tokyo, Tomic scored his first win on tour in three months after defeating Joao Sousa in the opening round. He was then beaten handily by 8th seed Diego Schwartzman.
He finished the year ranked world No. 140, a decline of 114 places from the end of 2016.
2018: Rankings downfall, reality television stint and fourth ATP title
Following his ranking slide, Tomic entered the qualifying tournament at the Australian Open as the 29th seed. He advanced to the final round before losing to unheralded Italian Lorenzo Sonego. This marked the first time since 2008 that Tomic had failed to appear in the main draw of the Australian Open. Following his loss in qualifying, Tomic entered reality television show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here. Tomic quit the competition after three days, proclaiming a desire to return to tennis as the primary reason. After this, Tomic was awarded a wildcard into the 2018 Istanbul Open where he served for the match against 6th seed Viktor Troicki in the first round, however, he went on to lose the match. Tomic's hiatus coupled with poor results blew his ranking out to 243 in the world, his worst ranking since 2010. Tomic then entered a challenger tournament in France where he scored three consecutive wins for the first time since Cincinnati in 2016. He made the final but was defeated by compatriot and top seed John Millman. The result improved his ranking to 191. Tomic then qualified for the French Open and was expected to face compatriot Nick Kyrgios in a hotly anticipated first round match-up. Kyrgios however withdrew before the tournament from an elbow injury, leaving Tomic to face lucky loser Marco Trungelliti. Tomic went on to lose the match in four sets.
Following the French Open, Tomic qualified for the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships in the Netherlands, where he made a surprise run to the semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Richard Gasquet in three sets. This was Tomic's first appearance in an ATP tour semi-final in more than two years. The result moved Tomic back inside the world's top 150. Tomic then attempted to qualify for Wimbledon, but lost in the final round of qualification to second seed Ruben Bemelmans. He gained entry into the main draw as a lucky loser however, after Roberto Bautista-Agut withdrew from the tournament. Tomic defeated fellow lucky loser Hubert Hurkacz in the first round to earn his first main draw grand slam win since the 2017 Australian Open. He went on to lose to the 24th seed Kei Nishikori in four sets in the second round. Tomic then suffered a string of poor results in his next four tournaments, failing to win a main draw match at any event. His poor form carried over to the US Open, where he lost in the first round of qualifying to fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis and was accused of tanking. Tomic then returned to the Challenger tour at the inaugural Rafa Nadal Open, where he won the tournament as the sixth seed. This was Tomic's first title of any kind in three years and first Challenger title in eight years. In late September, Tomic qualified for and won the Chengdu Open, defeating top-seeded Fabio Fognini in the final. Tomic saved four match points against Fognini in what was his first ATP world tour tournament victory in three years. The win moved Tomic back inside the Top 100 at world number 76, his best ranking since July 2017.
Tomic then attempted to qualify for the Stockholm Open, but was forced to retire from injury in the first-round of qualifying against Oscar Otte. Tomic played no further tournaments in 2018 and finished the year ranked world No. 83.
Davis Cup (17-4)
Tomic made his Davis Cup debut for Australia in Melbourne against Chinese Taipei in 2010 at the age of 17 years and 135 days, the youngest ever player for Australia. In the first rubber of the tie Tomic defeated Yang Tsung-hua. In the fifth rubber he picked up another victory over Lee Hsin-han.
Tomic was called back into the team in July 2011 for the tie against China. Following a shock loss in the first match, Tomic drew Australia level in the second rubber of the tie against Zhang Ze. Tomic's reverse singles match was cancelled due to Australia winning the tie 3–1. In September 2011 at the Davis Cup World Group Playoffs Tomic pulled off the biggest scalp of his Davis Cup career by defeating world number 19 Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets. In the reverse rubber, Tomic faced his childhood hero Roger Federer, losing in four sets.
Prior to the commencement of the 2012 ATP season, Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt both committed to the Davis Cup team for all ties in a bid to re-enter the world group. In the second rubber of the first zonal tie against China, Tomic was victorious against Wu Di. In the second zonal tie of 2012, he recorded two straight sets victories in a 5–0 rout of South Korea. In the 2012 Davis Cup World Group Playoffs, Tomic was victorious in his first rubber against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe in four sets but fell to Florian Mayer in straight sets which would see Australia lose to Germany 3–2 overall.
Following poor off court behaviour in late 2012, Tomic was suspended from playing for Australia in the first round of the 2013 Davis Cup competition. After serving a one tie ban, Tomic returned to the Australian Davis Cup team in their 2013 zonal semifinal against Uzbekistan and later that year was instrumental in Australia's return to the World Group after an away playoff victory over Poland. Injuries prevented Tomic from competing in the Davis Cup competition in 2014 but he returned for Australia's first round of the 2015 Davis Cup against the Czech Republic. Despite facing the two-time defending champions away, Tomic secured two crucial singles victories and led Australia to a 3–2 victory over the Czech Republic. It was the first time Australia had reached the second round of the Davis Cup world group since 2006. Tomic was then once again suspended from the Australian Davis Cup team for an outburst during a Wimbledon press conference. Tomic returned to the team once again in the 2015 semifinal against Great Britain and scored a crucial four set victory over Dan Evans in the second rubber. Tomic played for Australia at the 2016 Davis Cup where they faced the United States. He won his first match against Jack Sock in four sets. However, he lost the reverse singles to John Isner which meant Australia lost in the first round.
Tomic represented Australia in his maiden Olympics at London 2012. He competed in the singles competition against Japan's 15th seed Kei Nishikori in the first round, but fell in two straight tiebreaks.
Hopman Cup (5–1)
World Tennis Challenge (3–0)
Fast 4 Tennis Showdown (1–0)
On 9 January 2017, Bernard Tomic defeated Dominic Thiem 3–4 4–2 4–3 3–4 5–3 to win the event. Before this match, Nick Kyrgios defeated Rafael Nadal 4–3, 2–4, 4–3 4–3. With Australia leading 2–0, the doubles were not played.
Tomic was first coached by Gold Coast tennis instructor Neil Guiney at age 7. As a child Tomic was officially coached by his father, John, at Queens Park Tennis Centre on the Gold Coast. Despite his father never having played tennis, he continues to coach Tomic. In November 2012 it was revealed that Tomic had approached Australian tennis legend Pat Cash to coach him on a full-time basis. Cash declined the offer. As of 2016, Tomic was training out of Koza World of sports tennis academy with Australian coach Gavin Hopper.
Equipment and sponsors
In March 2006, a 13-year-old Tomic signed a six-figure deal with sports marketing and management giant IMG. Prior to joining the ITF juniors tour in 2007, Tomic played with Wilson racquets but switched to Head when he debuted on the junior tour. At the beginning of the 2012 ATP season Tomic signed a deal to use Yonex racquets. Bernard again switched to Head racquets, but was later dropped by the racquet manufacturer following a post match press conference at the 2017 Wimbledon.
He previously held a long-standing sponsorship deal with Nike, before switching to Lacoste in 2018. Tomic wore Lotto clothing during the 2018 French Open qualifying, but was wearing Lacoste by the main draw. Tomic wore Mizuno clothing for the first time at the start of the 2019 season.
At 2009 Wimbledon, at which Tomic was contesting the junior event, Lleyton Hewitt contacted the Tomic camp inviting Bernard to practice. Hewitt's physiotherapist Iván Gutiérrez was told by Tomic's agent: "No, he's not hitting with Lleyton, Lleyton's not good enough."
While competing at the 2012 Miami Masters, Tomic was overheard making a request to the chair umpire for his father to be ejected from the stands. He was heard saying: "He's annoying. I know he's my father but he's annoying me. I want him to leave but how's that possible?"
At the same event, qualifier Dan Evans had booked to practise with Tomic, but was told by Tomic Sr. that he was not good enough. Evans went on to win the pair's first career meeting the following year.
In January 2012, he was fined by the police on the Gold Coast three times in one day. Later that day he also ran from the police and locked himself in his house. In November 2012, Tomic pleaded guilty in court to failing to stop for police in his orange BMW M3 and was fined $750, as well as being put on a 12-month good-behaviour bond. Tomic accused a police officer of trying to hit him. He was also found guilty of three other traffic offences committed in January and was fined a further $1000.
In 2013, John Tomic was sentenced to eight months in prison and banned from the ATP World Tour for 12 months for headbutting and breaking the nose of Bernard's hitting partner, Thomas Drouet. However, Tomic Sr. did not face a jail term.
During his third round press conference, following his loss to top seed Novak Djokovic at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships, Tomic ranted against Tennis Australia, namely Craig Tiley, Pat Rafter and Steve Healy. Tomic was angry from what he perceived as a lack of support, respect and funding for both him and his sister, Sara. As a result, Tennis Australia dropped Tomic from Australia's Davis Cup team for their Quarter Final tie against Kazakhstan.
In July 2015 Tomic was arrested in Miami and charged with resisting arrest and trespassing. In October, all charges were dropped against Tomic.
In his first round match at the 2016 Madrid Masters, Tomic reversed his racquet on return of serve whilst defending match point. This also brought up past tanking allegations against Tomic from matches at the 2016 Sydney International and 2012 US Open.
In an interview with Channel 7's Sunday Night program, Tomic admits that he never loved tennis and says that he's built his career on 50% effort.
After Tomic failed to qualify for the 2018 Australian Open, losing to Lorenzo Sonego, Tomic was asked about the impact of the loss on his career, to which he replied "I just count money, that's all I do. I count my millions". His comments drew criticism from former players and the public, with Andy Roddick tweeting "Maybe stop for a second and think of the millions you've left on the table."
After losing his opening match of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 58 minutes, Tomic was fined his full prize money of £45,000 for not meeting the "required professional standard" according to the match referee. The requirement to "perform to a professional standard" is specified in the Grand Slam Rulebook, Article III section G, and provides for a greater fine than "Best Efforts" in section C. The incident has revived news reports of Tomic's old nickname "Tomic the Tank Engine." ("Tanking" is refusing to use best efforts to win).
After competing in Mexico and travelling to Miami during March of 2020, Tomic reportedly experienced symptoms of COVID-19, and subsequently entered self-isolation. However, Andrea Petkovic later contacted Tomic, who admitted to having lied about his health.
Grand Slam performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||Q2||2R||2R||3R||4R||3R||1R||4R||4R||3R||Q3||1R||Q1||0 / 10||17–10||63%|
|French Open||A||1R||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||2R||2R||1R||1R||1R||A||0 /10||3–10||23%|
|Wimbledon||A||Q3||1R||QF||1R||4R||2R||3R||4R||1R||2R||1R||NH||0 / 10||14–10||58%|
|US Open||A||A||Q2||2R||2R||2R||2R||3R||1R||1R||Q1||A||A||0 / 7||6–6||50%|
|Win–Loss||0–0||1–2||1–2||7–4||5–4||6–4||2–3||8–4||7–4||2–4||1–2||0–3||0–0||0–0||0 / 37||40–36||53%|
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