Tennis has not been going all that well of late for Bernard Tomic. He lost on his first up outing on clay, where he exited in the first round at the Monte Carlo Masters.
Like many Aussie tennis players, Tomic is not especially fond of clay. When he found himself up against a clay court specialist in Diego Schwartzman of Argentina, he did not make much of a showing, winning only one game in the first set. He gained some measure of respectability in the second set forcing a tiebreak, but he lost that tiebreak 3 – 7, so his moments of hope were short lived.
Tomic has plunged in the world rankings. He was as high as 17th last year, but he has dropped down to number 43 as the result of five first round losses this year.
He has won only three of the 11 matches he has played over the course of the past two years, so he would obviously be idling until grass courts come back into play, although it is not likely that he will be seeded at Wimbledon, where last year, he made it to the fourth round, in all probability taking advantage of one or more of the clay courters in the process.
Tomic compatriot Nick Kyrgios took the simpler route of simply skipping the Monte Carlo Open.