As the ATP leaves behind the sodden Clay of Roland Garros in Paris and begins the lead up to Wimbledon, Bernard Tomic has demonstrated lawn tennis prowess in winning a spot in the final eight at the Ricoh Open being played in the Netherlands.
Tomic was the number-two seed going into the event, which informs us that the big names were not to be bothered.
Tomic’s next match will be against France’s Nicolas Mahut, currently ranked 49th in the world. The 34-year-old Mahut has enjoyed a respectable career, earning over $6 million U.S. since turning pro in 2000. He has never gotten beyond the third round in singles in a Slam, however, and is considered a doubles specialist, currently ranked number one in the world. Mahut partnered compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert to win the 2015 U.S. Open Doubles over England’s Jamie Murray and Australia’s John Peers.
Tomic is almost 10 years younger than Mahut and is currently ranked 23rd, 26 spots ahead of Mahut.
In other tennis news, Maria Sharapova has copped a two-year ban for testing positive for Meldonium at the Australian Open. She plans to appeal the decision, and perhaps with good cause, as the breach was described by the authorities as “unintentional.”