TOMIC FACES BIG DIVE

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL MALONE

BERNARD Tomic faces a rank­ings drop out of the top 100 for the first time since 2014 if he can­not play key US Open warm- up events.

Tomic this week dropped 20 places in the rank­ings to No. 93 and the ATP said it had no up­date on when a foot in­jury would be healed to per­mit his tour­na­ment re­turn.

If he is un­able to de­fend 180 of his re­main­ing 570 rank­ing points earned in a quar­ter- fi­nal exit at the ATP Canada tour­na­ment 12 months ago, Tomic will be ranked about No. 140 by the end of the month.

If Tomic does not ar­rest his rank­ings slide in the rest of the year, he would need wild­cards for the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional, which had an en­try cut- off of No. 79 last sum­mer, and Aus­tralian Open and Ten­nis Aus­tralia would likely be loath to re- ward him. The one- time world No. 17’ s mo­ti­va­tion for ten­nis will be fully chal­lenged by hav­ing to qual­ify for big­ger tour­na­ments such as this month’s two tier- two, ATP 1000 events in Mon­treal and Cincin­nati.

The only two tour­na­ments he in­di­cated he would be play­ing in July, at At­lanta and Wash­ing­ton DC, have come and gone with­out him.

Tomic said last month he was “bored’’ by ten­nis and played it only for money, but said he ex­pected to re­gain his mo­ti­va­tion later this year.

Whether he can do this and ex­cel at ATP 250 tour­na­ments or even smaller Chal­lenger events re­mains to be seen. The main draw en­try cut- off for next week’s Mon­treal tour­na­ment is No. 44, em­pha­sis­ing how hard a rank­ing slide can hit play­ers.

Mean­while, Sam Sto­sur still hopes to play one or two tour­na­ments be­fore the US Open starts on Au­gust 28.

Sto­sur re­sumed hit­ting this week af­ter rest­ing a right­hand in­jury since the French Open and hopes to play the WTA Cincin­nati event from Mon­day week.

“I am pretty cer­tain she will be OK for the US Open,’’ Sto­sur’s man­ager Paul Kilderry said.

“She is hop­ing for Cincin­nati and New Haven prior to the US Open, but Cincy is not cer­tain.’’

SORRY STATE: Bernard Tomic re­act­ing against Ger­many's Mis­cha Zverev dur­ing his loss in the first round of the Wim­ble­don Cham­pi­onships.

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